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Middle School High School

P.S. 179

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
468 East 140 Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-292-2237

Our Insights

What’s Special

A welcoming haven in a poor neighborhood.

The Downside

Too many children with high needs in one building

A decent school in a poor neighborhood, PS 179 strives to give the children of the South Bronx the same high-quality education that children in middle-class neighborhoods receive.

They draw parents into the life of the school, encouraging them to help with homework to an extent that is uncommon in high-poverty schools. One way is through the "Read and Rise" program where parents learn how to boost reading skills through singing, poetry and reading aloud [see photo from a story on News 12 The Bronx]. Parent workshop titles include "stress management," "Different ways to discipline your child" and "You are your child's first teacher."

Principal Sherry Williams is a well-respected leader according to school surveys. She grew up in the neighborhood, attended PS 5, PS 161, PS 131, and MS 149, all nearby, then won a scholarship to attend a private boarding school in New England. She graduated from Simmons College in Boston and returned to teach in the Bronx.

The school has a large Spanish-speaking population, who receive instruction in English as a Second Language, and a large population of children with special needs. According to the school's yearly plan, the numbers of children with high needs is a challenge, and there is never enough money to go around.

PS 179 was founded in 2002, replacing PS 220, a school that was closed because of low academic performance. The building also houses Young Leaders Elementary School, which was founded as an alternative school in the mid-1990s. Young Leaders has an even higher concentration of children with special needs and almost half the student population is still learning to speak English. (On school surveys, teachers at Young Leaders report there are issues with discipline, order and poor management.)

PS 179 has two pre-K classes. The 4-year-olds visit the kindergarten classes in June in order to become familiar with what a kindergarten class looks like in an elementary school.

Special education: The school offers many services including speech, occupational therapy, a learning specialist, two intervention/prevention teachers, a social worker, a psychologist and a variety of classroom settings to assist children with more or less support, according to their needs.

Admissions: District 7 is a choice district - there are no zoned schools. Priority goes to children who live in the area first. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

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?
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49% 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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
3-K seats
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education 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?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 6 Line to Brook Ave; 2 Line, 5 Line to 3rd Ave-149th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33, Bx4


Sherry Font Williams
Parent Coordinator
Amy Casanova

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Young Leaders Elementary School

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