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

Longer school day and summer help

The Downside

Attendance needs to improve

PS 179 is a tiny school that serves children as young as 3, in the 3-K program, through 5th grade students. It has a long-time principal, and experienced teachers, who overwhelmingly recommend the school to new families, based on their responses to the annual NYC School Survey.

The school has a ways to go to raise test scores but it is moving in the right direction. One thing that holds students back is low  attendance: more than one-third of the children miss at least 18 days of school per year. 

Serving a large number of children with high needs is a challenge, according to the yearly set of goals, called the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). The school offers longer hours during the school day and extra time in the summer to give students more help with reading and writing. 

Parents attend workshops on topics such as how to boost reading skills through singing, poetry and reading aloud. The Children’s Health Fund provides workshops to parents and staff members on attendance and how trauma affects students.

PS 179 has a large Spanish-speaking population, as well as a large number of children with special needs. There are bilingual instruction classes in which students start out learning in both Spanish and English and gradually move to English-only lessons.   

Principal Sherry Williams is a respected long-time leader. She grew up in the neighborhood, attending PS 5, PS 161, PS 131, and MS 149, and won a scholarship to attend a private boarding school in New England. 

The arts here are limited but children do get involved in doing and watching the arts, mostly theater and dance, in partnership with American Ballet Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theater of Harlem, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Doing Art Together. 

The Eastside House Afterschool program provides care and academic support to students in grades K-5. 

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.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and a variety of classroom settings to assist children, according to their needs. There is a mixed grade “self contained” class in the upper grades in addition to ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes that mix students with disabilities into general education classrooms. 

ADMISSIONS: District 7 is a choice or “unzoned” district. Priority goes to children who live in the area. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 2020)


Read more

School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 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 2019 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 the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats
3-K seats

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 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
Metal detectors?

You may also like …

P.S. 49 Willis Avenue

383 East 139 Street
Bronx, NY 10454

P.S. 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt

333 East 135th Street
Bronx, NY 10454


  • Is this your school? Please post any news, updates, events, changes, or other information!
  • We welcome questions, open discussions, and disagreements but comments with personal attacks, rude language, or those with seemingly malicious intent will be deleted.
  • Very long comments, those that contain links, or repeat comments may be blocked by our spam filter.
  • Problems? email us at [email protected].
  • Users must comply with our Terms of Use.