P.S. 17 Henry David Thoreau
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P.S. 17 Henry David Thoreau in Astoria is a neighborhood school serving grades Pre-K through 5. This school shares the building with the 30th Avenue School.
There is a dual-language program available in Spanish which offers instruction in both English and the target language, and is designed to make children fluent in both. It requires a separate application process. Some seats in this program may be reserved for children who speak Spanish but English speaking children are welcome to apply. In the Pre-K classes, teachers ask children questions, invite back-and-forth conversation to develop language skills, and promote mutual respect and positive social interactions . Children are encouraged to communicate and learn language skills through books, puppets or blocks. They have lots of time to talk and ask questions. The principal has been leading this school since 2011.
This school prioritizes children who live in the school zone, but anyone is welcome to apply. Type your address into our school search to see your zoned school. For more information about zoned school enrollment and advice on how to find a program, please visit our New to NYC page and see the "Zoned Schools and other options" section.
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