PS 170 Ralph A. Fabrizio School

Grades: K-5
Staff Pick
619 72nd Street
Brooklyn NY 11209
Phone: 718-491-8400

Our Insights

What’s Special

Successfully serves a large immigrant population

The Downside

Class size is large in the upper grades

PS 170 is a solid neighborhood school with a large immigrant population. Two guidance counselors and several English as a second language (ELS) teachers assist the many students who need help with the language, and offer support for social and emotional concerns. The school has seen a rapid rise in enrollment over a decade, especially among the special education population and, to a lesser extent, among the Asian population. Class size is large in the upper grades.

Tony Wu became principal in 2009. Using teacher observations and testing data, Wu has made a number of changes in grade assignments, according to the city's quality review, resulting in better academic performance schoolwide.

New teachers are supported in a number of ways. They meet with the principal once a month and receive ongoing training from an assistant principal and math and literacy coaches in their area of need. New teachers also visit "lab" classroomsa designated classroom on each grade level that serves as a model.

A rich arts program enhances this academically strong school, and includes vocal music, instrumental music, drama and art. The staff includes a full-time science teacher and librarian. The school has SMART Boards and laptops.

In celebration of the wide mix of languages and backgrounds here, the school holds an annual cultural festival. In preparation for the festival, Symphony Space artists teach children dances from Chinese, Brazilian, American and Mexican traditions.

Grades 3-5 participate in an annual science fair, and budding 5th-grade journalists publish articles in the chatty and informative school newspapercomplete with weather reports, interviews, opinion pieces, studying tips and more.

The school's old-fashioned five-story brick building, constructed in 1915, is getting a much-needed five-story addition, which will house additional classrooms, a library, a double-height gymnasium and, to the delight of the students, two new elevators.

Special education: There are integrated co-teaching classrooms in which special education and general education students learn side-by-side and are taught by two teachers.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, September 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 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?

From the 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?
50% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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 Dual Language classes in Chinese.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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


Bay Ridge (District 20)
Trains: R Line to 77th St; N Line to 8th Ave
Buses: B16, B37, B4, B63, B64, B70, B9


Zhen Wu
Parent Coordinator
Abigail Figueroa

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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