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P.S. 173

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Noteworthy
306 Fort Washington Avenue
Manhattan NY 10033
Phone: 212-927-7850

Our Insights

What’s Special

Energetic new principal

The Downside

It will take time to turn school around

FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE: PS 173 has a "fantastic, energetic" new principal, Rachael Garcia, who "really wants to turn the school around," a prospective parent told us after a tour. The school has "huge, bright, very well stocked classrooms, with very nice, clean furnishings and equipment. The music room has towering ceilings, and gigantic picture windows with a million dollar view of the GW bridge."

OCTOBER 2013 REVIEW:

Enrollment and test scores have declined over the years at PS 173, a pre-K - 5 school that has served generations of Spanish-speaking families from the largely Dominican neighborhood.

One-quarter of the population is made up of children who are either still learning English or eligible for special education services. These students are assisted by specially trained teachers inside their regular classrooms or outside in large, sunny alcoves framed by glass tiles in the well-maintained building.

The school faces some challenges. Eleven percent of the student body live in temporary housing according to data on WNYC's Schoolbook website. The Learning Environment Survey shows some friction between Principal Dawn Boursiquot and her teachers: sixty-one percent do not feel the principal is an effective manager.

Parents and teachers report below average satisfaction in the areas of safety, communication, engagement and academics.

Teachers have more experience at PS 173 than at most public schools. They are working to make sure the Everyday Math program is aligned with the common core standards with the help of a math coach, according to the school's yearly plan. A literacy coach is helping teachers boost reading scores.

Special education: PS 173 has Spanish-English bilingual team-taught classes.

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, October 2013)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
85% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78%
77% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
33%
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
40%
48% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
489
Asian
3%
Black
3%
Hispanic
91%
White
3%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
90%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
12%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
21%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
72
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
6%
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
18%
27% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10%
17% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: A Line to 175th St; 1 Line, C Line to 168th St - Washington Hts
Buses: Bx11, Bx13, Bx3, Bx35, Bx7, M100, M101, M2, M3, M4, M5, M98

Contact

Principal
Rachael Garcia
Parent Coordinator
Roberth Rangel

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Harbor Heights Middle School

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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