Community School District 16 Is Proud To Serve Brooklyn's Historic Bed-Stuy Community
Our blended, project-based curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking, collaboration, and a passion for lifelong learning that inspires academic excellence. Together, District 16’s parents, educators, and community prepare students for active citizenship in a 21st century global society.
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Our Schools and Programs
District 16’s 20 schools serve 5,000+ students in grades 3K to 12 in the heart of Brooklyn’s historic Bed-Stuy neighborhood. We’re dedicated to academic excellence, equity and inclusion. Click here to learn more!
Families Make the Difference
Families are our most valuable partners and their children’s greatest advocates. Attend a PTA/PA meeting and make a difference in your child’s school.
Diversity and Equity in District 16
We embrace the diversity of our students and the promise of academic excellence. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive culture in every school that ensures all children have what they need to learn and thrive.
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History of Bedford-Stuyvesant
Community School District 16 is one of three community school district in Brooklyn that cover Bedford-Stuyvesant, however we consider District 16 to be the heart of the neighborhood.
Street names in Bedford-Stuyvesant hold historical significance; streets such as Bainbridge, Chauncey, Decatur and MacDonough are named after naval heroes from several wars including the War of 1812. History tells us that in the early 1800's two separate communities, Stuyvesant Heights and Bedford came together to form what we now know as Bedford-Stuyvesant or "Bed-Stuy." It is a community with an eclectic touch and is historically known for its beautiful brownstones and townhouses.
Currently, Bedford-Stuyvesant is a community experiencing change. As one walks through the community you can see and hear the "buzz" of renovation, new business, and changing demographics which provide a new backdrop for the growing community. Prior to this revitalization, school registers were slowly declining. However, we sense that there will be a renewed demand for schools and community organizations to meet the needs of a growing population and a diverse community.