P.S. 173

306 FORT WASHINGTON AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10033 Map
Phone: (212) 927-7850
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Rachael Garcia
Neighborhood: Washington Heights
District: 6
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: WANDALY TORRES
Number of full-day PK seats: 72
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Energetic new principal

The downside:

It will take time to turn school around

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE: PS 173 has a "fantastic, energetic" new principal, Rachael Garcia, who "really wants to turn the school around," a prospective parent told us after a tour. The school has "huge, bright, very well stocked classrooms, with very nice, clean furnishings and equipment. The music room has towering ceilings, and gigantic picture windows with a million dollar view of the GW bridge."

OCTOBER 2013 REVIEW: 

Enrollment and test scores have declined over the years at PS 173, a pre-K - 5 school that has served generations of Spanish-speaking families from the largely Dominican neighborhood.

One-quarter of the population is made up of children who are either still learning English or eligible for special education services. These students are assisted by specially trained teachers inside their regular classrooms or outside in large, sunny alcoves framed by glass tiles in the well-maintained building.

The school faces some challenges. Eleven percent of the student body live in temporary housing according to data on WNYC's Schoolbook website. The Learning Environment Survey shows some friction between Principal Dawn Boursiquot and her teachers: sixty-one percent do not feel the principal is an effective manager.

Parents and teachers report below average satisfaction in the areas of safety, communication, engagement and academics.

Teachers have more experience at PS 173 than at most public schools. They are working to make sure the Everyday Math program is aligned with the common core standards with the help of a math coach, according to the school's yearly plan. A literacy coach is helping teachers boost reading scores.

Special education: PS 173 has Spanish-English bilingual team-taught classes.

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, October 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Harbor Heights Middle School

Number of Students 593

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
3%

Hispanic

  
92%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
84%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
16%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

84% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

95% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

22% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

27% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

29% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

68% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Does the school encourage family involvement?

How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

4% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

18% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

100% 93% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

94% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

7% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

26% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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