Students enrolled 561
School leader MS. REBECCA HEYWARD

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28-37 29th St
Long Island City, NY 11102

(718) 278-1220
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4 stars
Based on 16 ratings

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April 23, 2014
The School is clean and friendly, the teacher of my son is good teacher(Ms. Antonio). The new Principal is doing a good Job. They do a lot of activities with the parents. They have me inform of everything

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
Wonderful people, great teacher!! so happy my princess go to this school. Dual Language Program is excellent and provides so much confident to the kids knowing Spanish and English at the same level. Way to go!!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
esta escuela le ha dado una oportunidad de aprendisaje a mi hija ahora tienen un programa piloto de ensenar espanol alos ninos que sus padre esten de acuerdo con el mismo definitivamente la escuela esta superandose bastante solo nesecitamos que los padres esten mas enbolucrado en este y todos los proyecto venidero gracias.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Im a former student from 2005-2010 I'm in high-school now and have a bright future. All the teachers are understanding and supportive . All my friends went to this school here. And I've met some amazing and inspiring people here as well. Though some kids aren't as respectful towers others we still get along. This school only needs one improvment not kids and more classrooms to ensure more healthier and brighter kids.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2013
My family have been in this school for 3 years. We were hoping the new principal would bring positive change. I agree with others that the environment is more welcoming to discussions. But bullying is a problem. My son is constantly bullied and I have talked to many adults in the school about it. But I dont think the kids are punished because it is still happening and now he doesn't want to go to school. He cries at night when he comes home. School should be a happy place, not a place you don't want to go to.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
The work environment is very pleasant and we collaborate with each other. The administration is VERY supportive of initiatives that the staff take on. It is a pleasure to be a part of this team and I am sure this school is on the path to an amazing growth that will be beneficial to all students. In spite of all the difficulties presented by the system in general (like budget cuts and hiring restrictions), the school maintains its vision.

- submitted by a teacher
April 25, 2013
I would like to let people know that all the reviews of PS17 from 2012 and before that were from when the old principal was in office. This school year (2012-2013) started with a new principal who, working together with the entire school community, has truly taken steps to bring our school to an amazing place! Spirits and morale have lifted in our school again. PS17 is a welcoming school with a new open door policy! Please don't let the older reviews scare you! We are beginning a Dual Language Program in September 2013 which is going to enrich our students. We have awesome teachers, caring administrators and a new sense of school community! Our kids will very much benefit from attending this school-my daughter loves it here again. She gets to go outside for recess and gets to participate in great assemblies. Music and art is making a big comeback! I couldn't be more proud of my child's school-PS17!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
my school is great one . it has developed so much. we are new comers and we had a problem with English language for my kids but the school principle and the teachers were amazing . now before the year ends my kids are native speakers and they are excellent in math and science too

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
This year a new principal took over and is slowly making positive changes. My child is happy and working hard. Parents are invited to participate in different activities.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
Horrible!!! It was one of the best school about 10 years ago, but now.......a nightmare. I'm going to remove my daughter from here. They have a new old and soul less "teacher" (real witch) who's not married and never had a child, who actually hates children. She is horrible. We are going to the private school. Me and my daughter both very sad. But we have no other choice but leave.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
we are sending our son to the other school, because of his teacher. after all these years, we are very sad, because our college student kids used to go to this school, and we were very satisfied. not any longer.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
its a terrible school and lots of kids got held back once or twice in that school and the lunch ladies are mean to the students and it got boring in that school

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2011
This school, unfortunately, has truly taken a turn for the worse. The state scores are horrendous & many students are failing. Even after the SES tutoring started last year, the scores have gotten lower. The school received an F rating in student performance. There are no extra curricular activities. There are no sports or chorus. The teachers seem to have given up. The saving grace of the school are the children who want to succeed & the parents who want to make the school better. We have a wonderful parent coordinator, Dina Pilios, who does her best to help the parents. She goes out of her way to make us feel welcome & included in our children's school & education. She offers many exciting & informational workshops during the year. She is part of just a handful of the staff that makes our school shine just a little brighter.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2009
I'm a parent very appreciative on the uniform policy and the discipline the school offers my child! I am also happy to have my daughter with the same teacher for three years. I feel my daughter has a connection of trust and Respect toward her teacher. I am a very pleased parent

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 08, 2008
My son has been attending to P.S. 17 Henry David Thoreau School since pre-K and I'm very please with his learning progress.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2006
I have to be honest, and I really did have negative lst yr of kindergarten in this school. Disorganized, finger pointing, dicipline problems, no after school programs, did not agree on a uniform policy. All this in kindergarten. I feel they do not treat the parents as a part of the process, and need more communication and safety protocols. Issues arose and were not sufficiently resolved, or ignored. Cannot tell you of the learning process, for it was only the lst yr of school, but I am trying to transfer my child out for the stress and problems that occurred should not happen again.

- submitted by a parent
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Ps 17 Henry David Thoreau
28-37 29th St, Long Island City, NY  11102
(718) 278-1220
Last modified Ps 17 Henry David Thoreau is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 17 Henry David Thoreau Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top