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PK-8
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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 1,401
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21-21 Ditmars Boulevard
New York, NY 11105

(718) 721-6410
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September 09, 2014
I usually don't respond to these sites because the experience is different for everyone. But to say that you have to be white to be treated properly is ignorance at its best. Whites are the minority in this school. Obviously you did not spend much time at this school. One example of the diversity is the annual culture night that will usually have over 20 countries being represented. With such a closed mind I can see why you could not appreciate diversity and a great education.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
PS 122 is a great school if your white. Because WE as Hispanic we were treated very poorly. Took my daughter out of that school and she is much happier in a very school. With very very helpful teacher and a super stuff .

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
My daughter has been in PS122 since kindergarten and it has been great so far! She is now in 1st grade and her reading and math skills are amazing!! I'm bring my son on board in September! The teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
One of the great school @. NYC . My older son was in this school , now my younger son goes in ps 122. I am so so happy

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
Great small school that focuses on academics and excellence. There's 2 parts to this wonderful school: an elementary school (which has gifted and non-gifted programs) and a top-rated gifted middle school. My review is on their dynamic gifted middle school school program. Its a rigorous program that give students the skills and foundation needed to enter the top high schools in the city. Over 95% of the 2013 graduating class received acceptance to the specialized high schools. Their scores rank high both in the state tests and in the 8th grade Regents in Algebra, Science and Spanish. A phenomenal dedicated staff of teachers and administrators make the learning environment positive and nurturing. My son was accepted into his dream high school (Stuyvesant) & is transitioning well because of the great academic foundation he received at this school. Thanks to Ms. Nunez he entered Stuy with fluency of Jr yr level Spanish. Of all his teachers he misses her the most. we both miss the small caring community feeling of this wonderful school. Its by far the best Middle School in Queens & I understand it ranks 3rd in NYC. May this record continue!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
As most schools in our city and country are facing difficult times and causes for failure, it is encouraging and refreshing to note that P.S.122 in Astoria continues to excel and thrive among its peers. Thanks to the wonderful administration, staff, and phenomenal teachers, P.S. 122 faces all challenges and obstacles and transforms them into a rewarding, safe, and rich learning environment.. Congratulations to the P.S.122 community and keep up what you do for your school to be a role model for others.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
awsome! All the teachers are great and they all try to get you to your best potential! I love my school and teachers love their students.

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2013
awsome i love the school! It is amazing and my child learned so much! i am very grateful to teachers

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
cool i love it it is amazing forever and beyond it is amazing i love the school god bless it

- submitted by a teacher
January 21, 2013
This school is actually ranked as one of the best in NYC. If you don't believe me, you can check for your self by doing a bit of research. I graduated from this school last year, and now i am a freshman in Stuyvesant High school, along with several of my peers from 122. You might ask, what makes this school so great? The answer is simple. The student- teacher relationships are absolutely amazing. The staff is very friendly, and the academics are excellent, especially starting from 6th grade. As many of the other reviews stated, the best teacher in 122, and my personal favorite would be Mrs. Nunez. She is an extremely dedicated and understanding person. I am so glad to have been her student, and to be a part of the community in general.

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2013
My son is currently 4th grade. This is a big school. Principal is extremely capable, and she really cares children. However, it is a big school which has 10 classes or so in one grade. G&T kids are in the same class from 1st grade through 5th grade, so that itself is a small intimate community within the school. Best teachers will be allocated to G&T classes, and both parents and teachers pay close attention to student's academic progress. Other kids go through class change every year, and parents may find difficult how to find and get necessary resources. If your child has IEP, this is one of the great schools to go. School doesn't like parents' participations. PTA is not active. Only about 50 parents usually attend general meetings.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
My daughter has been on the Gifted program or Academy since 1st grade(4th grader now). Yes the program is very intense but I am sure that it will pay off as I already see how much more advance my daughter is compared to other 4th graders in our family. Teachers are willing to help as long as the student is cooperating as well as the parent.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
My daughter will be starting gifted K in this school starting this year. We live in Jackson Heights and I would like to know how the other parents who dont live live in Astoria manage their childs commute to and back from school especially from the neighborhoods like Jackson Heights? I cant use the free yellow bus because I dont have one to pick her up in the afternoons. the private bus i spoke to ( Astoria Express) is willing to do the pick up/drop off but my child would end up being on the bus for over an hour being that he has to finish with the kids living in Astoria first. could anyopne help me, I am going crazy trying to figure out a way? Thank you

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2012
I graduated from this school in 08 and am now a sophomore at Cornell University. This school provided me with the best education available. The teachers stayed afterschool to tutor us for the SHSAT. Without the help of Ms. Economopolous, Mr. Biniaris, and Ms. Antzoulis, I would never have gotten into Stuyvesant. Thank you so much. You guys made such an impact on my life that words simply cannot express.

- submitted by a community member
March 17, 2012
I find this school disorganized. I was told that it was a great school, but was disappointed. They only focus on the bright students, but for the ones having minimal or great trouble they ignore. Naturally, they blame the child. I have had to pick up the slack for the school at home. The teachers don't have aides this year and some teachers have 30 kids so again, the ones having trouble suffer. Not impressed with it. There are a lot of issues with problematic children this year and they do nothing about it. It's a real shame!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2011
its my first year in the gifted program and its pretty nice, i learned new stuff, met new friends, some teachers, overall its a good school just the rooms aren't that amazing they have cracks and loose paint but its an old school what can we expect.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2011
My son is in the gifted program at this school and its a great school. It highly organized. The information is provided in timely manner. Teachers are avaliable at all times, and really listen.. You have to understand that the gifted program is a school within a school. The regular school goes from 1-5, with individual classes, but the real school starts in 6th grade. And the course work and education provided is amazing. It not for everyone, but gifted children thrive there.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
Hello, My name is Jacqueline Zavattieri and i was looking for class pictures from 1963 to 1969.Any help would be great .Thank you

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2010
No one here can understand the greatness of this school. I am an eigth grade student at 122 and I have been there since the second grade. This school is utterly amazing, it surpasses all other schools. I am recently going to change schools due to a plethora of things out of my control, but I will miss 122 with much ardor. This school is my everything. The teachers, especially the academy teachers, are amazing. My favorites are Ms.Nunez, Mr.Biniaris, Ms.Marchassalla, Ms.Economopoulos, and Ms.Antzoulis. I absolutey adore this school and everything it has taught me. The academics at this school have prepared me wonderfully for high school level classes and advanced thinking. If I could choose anything, it would be to not leave this school.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2010
My child finished his first year at PS 122 and it definitely was not all it is cracked up to be. By the end of the year he was complaining of boredom at school and this was Kindergarten! We were promised diversified learning yet every time we asked for more work for him it was not delivered. I also have to mention that I felt that his class's demographics were very skewed compared to the general population of his grade, which smacked of segregation, something that simply should not happen in this day and age. Academically I feel the school is lacking when it comes to brighter kids in the non-gifted classes. In terms of arts education, though, the school does shine. Luckily that is something my son could look forward to when he was sitting in class, bored out of his mind by the so-called academics.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2010
my daughter got accepted to 122 at the gifted and talented program and the school seems duable for her

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Great School. It has great teachers and curriculum is phenomenal. My son is in kindergarten and he is one happy child, learning and reading! I cannot say enough about the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2010
this school is average at best. the administration is lacks experience and is extremely disorganized. when we went to register my child for 1st grade, there was so much chaos and the parent coordinator was running around dishing out excuses for staff that was not showing up day one. i am not very happy about this school as a parent. the curriculum is too test driven and is missing a component where teachers know what it is that a young child really needs.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
Don't see the overall grade, see the grades of the regular classes wich are below 5. My kid won 4 yrs in row the gifted program and they didn't take h.. saying that the class is full. It was too late for me when I learned that most of the teacherss kids and relatives are in gifted programs wich I doubt they deserve it.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 25, 2009
it is a great school to success students in becoming great people.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 21, 2009
P.S.122 is like a second home to me. I've been here since kindergarten and am now in the 8th grade graduating class of 2010. The teachers here are amazing and every single one of my teachers I plan on visiting after I graduate. I have built lasting bonds with not only the teachers but with the students as well. We're all a bigh happy family at 122. It is just such a welcoming school. I know my mom has loved taking her part in the school as well in the PTA. Overall, 122 is just a great school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2009
This is my first year in the school and so far I am impressed with the curriculum

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2009
My daughter joint p.s122 from 3rd grade.She is doing great in her study.Thanks to all the teachers and everyone,who are involved.Thanks

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June 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
I am a parent and my Daughter Caitlin is in 3rd grade in Mr. Hartofilis's class. He is an amazing teacher who teaches his children teh right way and you have an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2009
march 15: Most if the kids who come from outside the district are there because hey tested into the Gifted and Talented program at P.S. 122, which is a school within the school known as the Academy. This is in accordance with policy instituted by the NYC DOE. Perhaps if you did a little bit of research about your child's school you wouldn't see conspiracies where none exist.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
To the parent who posted on March 15th: Since PS 122 has the Academy program students are not required to live within the zone-- many kids test in based on their performance. In addition, perhaps it is not the parents you should be upset with, but rather a public school system who does not have the same level of education citywide. I have never felt like this school is overcrowded and compared to other neighboring schools PS122 has adequete amount of space and facilities.

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April 08, 2009
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March 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2009
great school. good teachers nice teacher. great lunch food . great school

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January 04, 2009
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November 06, 2008
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August 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 24, 2008
The staff at this school are very supportive. I feel extremely fortunate that my son was educated at this school

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June 05, 2008
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May 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 19, 2008
I feel very fortunate that my daughter is at this school. She is in the G and T Academy but the general school is fantastic, too, and sets high expectations for all the children. There are several parent workshops each month, and events for the whole family such as Math/Literacy Family Night, Culture Night, and concerts. The students receive a well rounded education, with art, music, dance, computers, Spanish, in addition to their core academic subjects. My daughter is ready high quality literature with meaningful themes as part of her studies and her teacher is committed to her growth. I found this true of her teacher last year as well. The principal and APs really set a high standard of excellence, while nurturing the children.

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April 08, 2008
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March 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2008
We have one child at P.S. 122, and we have been very pleased with the qulity of the school so far. Our daughter's Kindergarten and First Garde teachers have been wonderful and suppotive, and even in an age of ever-expanding class sizes, the techers manage to focus on our daughter's individual needs and interests.

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March 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 26, 2008
This is the first year for my 2nd and 4rd graders at Public School, I've should have known better 4 years ago and have saved the money for private school for college! 122 is a great school with great teachers, very well organized, friendly and secure environment. Champions is a wonderful after school program! My kids go to school happy everyday. The opportunity to join chorus or play an instrument adds to the fun, they have a great music program with enthusiastic teachers.

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December 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 18, 2007
122 is just awesome. You can talk to all the teachers because they really know you and are your friends. Everything just flows, it s not like you re just reading from the text book because you get to do so much more creative projects and interact with your classmates. I m going to graduate this year and move on to high school and I will definitely miss P.S.122.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2007
This is an excellent school but like all NYC public schools it's ability to teach kids is being crippled by standardized testing requirments that break up knowledge into little tiny 'factoids' appropriate to US Today but not the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2007
I loved 122, because every teacher was your friend and we were able to talk to them comfortably about our lives and just have fun with them. I admit, there was some pressure to do well on tests, but it made me want to try my hardest and it was great preparation for highschool. After 122, i assure you, highschool will a breeze!

- submitted by a former student
September 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2007
My daughter is in her third year at the scool and we are thrilled. I do agree that there is a lot of pressure to keep test scores high. The after school program is run by an amazing director, Ms. Vasquez. Great school, great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
The school is run top-down. Principal is not parent friendly. Without the Academy for the Gifted, the school would be middle of the road.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
I must say that after 8 years in that building it became my home, the staff and the students became my big dysfuctional family. The school offers limitless possibilities for students but its is up to the student to decide how many of those opportunities he/she takes advantage of

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May 04, 2007
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March 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
This is my child's third year in 122. The 'academy' challenges it's students, but at times there can be too much pressure considering the ages of these children. This school is extremely 'project' oriented. This means a lot of extra work for parents with relatively no guidelines supplied by teachers. I agree with the parent who mentions that the principal is not really open to parent's comments. She is quite standoffish when receiving comments and/or suggestions. If your child is under-challenged in his/her school then this is a good place to be. If he/she is not mature for her age, I would not recommend this program as they really push the kids. Note: some teachers are more like drill sergeants.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2006
Yes, the school is great - academically. However, it lacks a true sense of community. It is my belief that community starts at the top. That said, the principal at the school is not open to true parental involvement. Learning Leaders is a great program which the parent coordinator has tried to implement. The parents, for the most part, do truly want to be involved but are stopped at the door, figuratively speaking. Yes, the school is great but it could be greater if the parents were allowed to contribute as much as they had.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
P.S.122 would be a very avrerage NYC public school if it were not for the Academy program from grades K to 8. In 2005 school year the Middle school Academy has been expanded to 3 classes for each grade level from grade 6 to 8. In the middle school academy, there's a difference in the level of instruction in that it is geared more toward quality teaching rather than spiral teching methods in regular public school curriculum. Also, along with writing skills, critical thinking skills are emphasized and encouraged in English from the material read and discussed. Students also work in groups on various projects assigned. The Program is very competitive since almost all students are high achievers. In the Champions Club afterschool program, students participate in sports and arts, as well as shows and plays. This year's play will be West Side Story.

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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
I attended this school from 1998-2001 while enrolled in their Gifted Program. The education I received prepared me well for honors-level high school work. There are not great opportunities in music, art or sports, but the core classes (Social Studies, English and Math) were of the highest quality.

- submitted by a former student
May 26, 2005
I am very happy with this school. I think the teachers are very helpful with their students.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My child currently attends 2nd Grade at P.S. 122 Mamie Fay School. We decided to transfer from a catholic school, which I may add, is one of the schools that are now closing. I have found that this school has made my child want to excel in academics. The teachers so constant interaction with the children is definately a breath of fresh air. I have found her to actually jump out of bed in the morning just to get to school. Music, arts are definately a factor at this school. They do the utmost to keep our children going. Performing in dance, and constantly different art projects. I have found that I did not make a mistake in transfering her, and will not move out of the area just so she can attend this school.

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Ps 122 Mamie Fay
21-21 Ditmars Boulevard, New York, NY  11105
(718) 721-6410
Last modified Ps 122 Mamie Fay is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 122 Mamie Fay Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. Top