My son attended this school for 3-5th grades in the G&T program. While there are limitations for the academics here (which I believe are largely a city wide problem) my son was happy here. They have great teachers here but most importantly, the principal is AMAZING. I cannot say enough about Mrs. Donnelly. She always responded to all of my concerns and questions and knows each child by their name and I think that there are over 1000 kids here. Mrs. Donnelly and her staff do a great job with getting extra enrichment programs into the school like education through music and the ballroom dancing programs.
The principal in this school is the best I've encountered >she truly cares about the children and making sure they are in their comfort zone. Most teachers are kind and compassionate about their craft. On the other hand there are a handful of teachers who have a problem dealing with children.
I have to say, while I do like the principle and most of the teachers are nice, I am not pleased a with the school at all. The school is not safe in regards to children being picked up from the lunch room (this applies to grades 1st to 2nd). Anyone can pick them up, which is scary. The curriculum this year is horrible. The school received a C for a grade from the state. They are jumping from one subject to the next the very next day. They don't have spelling tests anymore. Last year my child learned so much, however this year he is not advancing the way he should. I'm all for parents reinforcing what the children learned in school, but its like we are now doing the job of the teachers. The children learn more from us than the actual teachers. For example before a child can learn division, they must master multiplication. They don't ensure the children learn the first step before they proceed to the next. Many parents in the school are bothered by this.
Excellent school welcoming teachers and principal both of my children attend ps 121 and I say this with pride and joy I learned how to be more patient with my children I learned how to get involved my children learn and are still learning independency and now they value education with the help of the throope school staff thank you for accepting my children and your remarkable patience is greatly appreciated.
I have two children enrolled here at this school, the family feel is nice however the academics lack enrichment and some ...not all the teachers aren't passionate about their job, the G & T program is a huge fasad as it cannot be compare to any other program in this borough farless the state, the G & T teachers are not adequately equipped or trained for this mode of teaching. For the most it is a safe , environment, the office staff is wonderful, the major downside is that the cirriculum lacks rigor, and too often it seems that the principal pretends to address issues but in reality just protects her staff. SHe has a nice demeanour and is very present but is not very effective..If a little more accountability is place on the teachers and some challenge added to academics, it has the potential to be a great school...
The school is great because we have a principal who is totally for the children. They are her first priority. We also have a great group of teachers. We have a good turn out of parents and the children seem to love PS 121 too
The staff and Principal at P.S. 121 truly care about the welfare of the children. They put their all into making each day for the children a great learning experience. There provide a caring and loving environment that allows the children to both learn and grow.
My daughter just completed Pre-K at this school and I have been very pleased with the experience as a whole. I have no problems with keeping my child in this school until 5th grade. I am so happy that my daughter will receive a free quality education in a decent school with a wonderful principal and staff. My daughter is very excited to start Kindergarden.
In an age where complaining is the norm, and low work ethic is the standard; P.S. 121 is a bright spot in District 11. Everyone from the principal to the school aides are helpful and totally dedicated to the children of this school. The arts program for all grades is fantastic (I've sent three children to this school), the academics and prevention for children that are behind in their school work is excellent. This is a well rounded and caring school. I would recommend to anyone considering this school to seriously consider sending their child their. The Principal is the most parent friendly principal I have met. All of the teachers that my boys have had here have been nothing short of wonderful. The schools that my other children go to, do not run as smoothly and do not offer as much as this school.
This school does not only care about educating our children. They care about the whole child. They teach them how to respect themselves and others. They encourage students to follow their 'Personal Code.'
Both my girls go to this school . I am very happy with the principal's work ethics and vision for the school, the staff is wonderful....always willing to help....only downside is sometimes the teachers have to spend too much time getting the class settled down and less time teaching academics. good school overall but there is room for improvement...especially for the GT program...
Great school, nice environment, excellent Principal, hardworking coordinator and wonderful staffs.
My son is in 2nd grade G&T class. I like this School a lot. As someone mentioned, Principal gives 125% of herself. She is there in all the functions, meetings. My son's teachers both in 1st and 2nd grade are excellent. Though my son was the first batch of G&T, I did not see any lack of resources. Principal along with support from parents are trying their best to get the Technology grant for the whole School. Entire staff is very approachable. I definitely recommend this school to everyone.
my daughter is in the gift class of this school. She has the most wonderful teacher I ever know. We parents get frequent emails, letters and meetings to communicate with teachers and principal. The homework is challenging. School staffs are warm and helpful. The principal apparently works hard to get resources for providing free aftershool programs, improving school's hardwares. I think, PS121 is a pearl in the bronx public school It is a excellent and safe place.
great school the principal gets involves in everything the afterschool program is great and well organized. The GT program is great and keeps the parents informed.
My grandson is in pre k and so far we are having a great experience. He is learning alot. The teacher Ms Magnotta is very dedicated to the children. The principal gives 125% of herself. The rest of the administration is always eager to help. School is a safe nuturing enviornment filled with positive character building posters all over the school,just cant say enough. you must visit this school yourself.
This school is excellent at making sure your children really learn. We need to continue to support the Principal, Teachers and Staff in order for our children to continue the path they are going.
Although I loved PS 121's Family Feeling, I have to admit the students just werent challenged enough. As a mother I appreciated my child going to a school where he & I both felt safe so I kept him there from k-5, unfortunately, I now realize that PS 121 didnt do anything to prep my child for Jr. high and it seems as if he has been thrown into a curriculum that is far left of what was 'taught' in Elem. PS 121 has to do a much better job at preparing the children for the higher grades.
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