P.S. 170 X (The Esteban Vicente Early Childhood School)

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-2
1598 Townsend Avenue
Bronx NY 10452
Phone: 718-583-0662

Our Insights

What’s Special

3-K through 2nd grade; dance, swimming, puppetry and theater arts

The Downside

No outdoor play space; ends after 2nd grade

PS 170 on Townsend Avenue in the Bronx, is an arts-focused early childhood school serving 3-year-olds (3-K) through 2nd-grade students. Located around the corner from the Mt. Eden Avenue subway stop, it shares a building with High Bridge Day Care, an early education program. Hallways are narrow and there is no outdoor playground, yet PS 170’s teachers have years of experience working with young children, and students get a chance to dance, swim and act in theatrical productions.

The school has a safe and orderly tone according to school surveys. Teachers tend toward traditional and academic lessons rather than play-based learning. Hands-on projects and art take place mostly in special classes such as puppetry or circus arts rather than during regular classroom time, the school secretary confirmed by phone. This is an approach valued by parents, who say they like the attention paid to math, reading and writing skills here. 

PS 170 has long been committed to the arts, which they say help boost academic achievement, social skills, creativity and self-esteem, according to the school's yearly plan. The school has had a long and fruitful partnership with Marquis Studios, an arts organization working in NYC public schools. In puppetry workshops, children create their own characters and settings, and write scripts, connecting writing, art and reading. Marquis also provides classes in visual arts, percussion and circus arts, and there is an established partnership with the Bronx Museum of Art.

Classroom teachers work with the dance teacher and Marquis Studios to launch an in-depth study of a country, such as Mexico or Italy, culminating in a show that features dance and presentations reflecting what the students have learned. Additionally, there is a classical ballet program for select students who show promise and interest. The dance teacher has steered participants to Ballet Tech and School of American Ballet, among other programs, according to the school website. 

Teachers pay careful attention to children's language needs. Those who speak only Spanish are placed in bilingual classes and are introduced to English gradually. Once their grasp of English is stronger, they may switch to English-only classes with extra help in small groups.

There is no outdoor play space but children may play games, chat or watch movies in the cafeteria during recess. Second graders swim at the New Settlement Community Center. 

Enrollment is down—due in part to more charter schools in the neighborhood that go through elementary, middle or even high school age—although, the secretary said PS 170’s numbers often increase by the end of September. A 3-K class opened in fall 2019, and a pre-k will follow in September 2020, further stabilizing enrollment. Students move into 3rd grade at one of several neighborhood schools depending on their zone. 

ADMISSIONS: The zone for PS 170 overlaps with PS 294 and PS 311. Some students from PS 199 and PS 70 also have priority depending on their address. The school has had space for applicants in recent years, the school secretary said, although the 3-K class was full when we spoke by phone the first week of September. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, September 2019) 



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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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 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 the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

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

Contact & Location


Concourse (District 9)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 174th-175th Sts; 4 Line to Mt Eden Ave
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, BxM4


Sonia Acevedo Suarez
Parent Coordinator
Maritza Rodriguez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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