• Letter to Families from Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

    Dear Parents,

    It is my pleasure to serve as your Schools Chancellor. I am eager to meet parents and families, and hear your hopes for your children and schools.

    I want to share a bit about my life and career. I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, the son of a sheet metal worker and a hairdresser. My grandparents were immigrants from Mexico and I did not learn English until kindergarten. Although my parents never attended college, they knew that the path forward for my twin brother and me included an education. They wanted more for their children—a college degree and meaningful work. I know that you also want the same opportunities for your children.

    I have devoted my life to public education because it is the greatest gift I have received. I started teaching nearly 30 years ago in the same public high school that I attended. I began as a bilingual social studies and music teacher, and later became a high school principal in Tucson. I then went on to be a regional superintendent in Las Vegas, and a superintendent in San Francisco, and most recently, in Houston.

    As Chancellor, I plan to build on the strong work our students, educators, schools, and families are already doing. I am particularly focused on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Equity and Excellence for All (E&E) agenda. E&E is the engine through which we are offering every four-year old a free, full day, high-quality Pre-K for All seat, and expanding 3-K for All to reach each child in this formative stage. Through our Universal Literacy initiative, we are getting all of our students reading on grade level. Beyond our students’ early years, we are making sure that all of our graduates are prepared for college and careers through College Access for All and AP for All. You are partners in this important work, and together we will continue to make sure that your children are in school and committed to learning.

    I also believe that schools are more than places where children go to learn. They are the heart of our communities—and a bridge to opportunity, support, and wellness for students and their families. A great education is the best way to empower the next generation. I am excited to share this journey with you, and look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months. Your children are New York City’s future doctors, tech leaders, teachers, and mayors. I promise to serve, champion, and care for each of them.


    Richard A. Carranza
    Click here for translated letter.
    P.S. 20 John Bowne Elementary (25Q020)



We are pleased to announce that Ideal Uniforms will be the official school uniform supplier.
  • There are 4 convenient way to order the school uniform: online, by phone, at the uniform store, and several times during the school year at P.S. 20; dates will be announced soon.
  • We require all students to wear the P.S. 20 polo shirts. All other items are optional.
  • Uniform pants should be navy blue or khaki and can be purchased at any store like, Old Navy, Target, Children's Place, etc.   
  • Please click here for additional information: Uniform Flyer  PS 20 Price List 
  • To order online go to



Please bring your child and the following documents:
  • Child’s birth certificate, passport, or record of baptism which includes the date of birth, or other official document of age (See Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 for documents accepted for proof of age)
  • Immunization records
  • Latest report card/transcript (if available)
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan (if applicable and available)
  • Proof of address which may be verified by any two of the following containing the address of residence: click here for a list of what to bring.



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