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Posted October 29, 2013

This is a good school, but we need a little more structure at dismissal and a uniform code to strictly follow!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

This is a great school (gem) in the neighborhood. My son will start 1st grade here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

One of the worst schools in queens the staff its so rude specially security guards you can even ask them a question cause they will come out so rude and the office staff seems like they always in a bad mood I dont understand how they have this people with attitude working there they are the face of the school the first people you see walking in School is a messes no organization at all . I had my child there and I had to put him somewhere else its just not the right place
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

I am Pleasantly pleased with the Staff and teachers at P.S. 121Q. My child is currently attending P.S. 121 Q, and as a parent, I truly appreciate how the staff demonstrates a high level of professionalism and caring towards the students in P.S. 121Q. My son LOVES school, and I am very grateful for how the staff embraces my child and makes him want to be there! To me, a mother couldn't ask for anything more when it comes to enhancing a child's learning development. Not saying that everyone here is all perky and skipping down the halls, and I know people have their bad days, but overall, P.S. 121 Q is school that embraces their students and parents. Danielle H.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2013

If unpleasant Admission staff is a tell-tale sign of how my daughter will be treated,I am hesitant. W/o a smile, she asked for the offer letter w/ required docs and plops paper in front of me.I told her the P.S. near me said they will send the same forms to P.S 121. She says that may be what they said but for this school, you have to fill all this out.. No welcome to the school or friendly w/ the child. Office staff is the face of ur school. How they treat me tells the environment my child will be in. If office staff has an attitude, how are teachers? If office staff can not show my child w/ a warm smile, how do teachers respond? If it is unpleasant for a parent to deal w/ your office staff, how unpleasant will it be to deal teachers? I understand that I can't generalize what teachers will be based on an unhappy woman.The school atmosphere is reflected by every staff.Again, this is my experience &no one else has to agree.When I experience rude people,I don t get warm fuzzy feeling.P.S. 121 should want the parents feel good their child is in this school not that they have to choose this school(b/c there is no other choice).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

My daughter has attended P.S. 121 for the past three years. From the Principal, to the schools crossing guards, it has been a wonderful environment. The PTA meetings are always well attended. The performing arts teachers are so dedicated, and never fail to put on a wonderful show. The teachers are helpful, and always available to listen, they also encourage the best out of their students. If you live in the area, I highly recommend this school. I have had a wonderful experience, and will be somewhat sad when my child graduates next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2005

I am a parent of a child at PS 121 and a former student. Although there are many new faces in this community, the quality of the education at PS 121 remains high. Parents are welcome and students are engaged in learning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

For the past 16 years we have had 7 children from our family (biological, foster and other family members) attend P.S. 121. During this time we have met the 3 Principals who ran the school. Each brought a different scope on how the school was run and has succeeded in making it a good school. Class sizes could be smaller and the school could use a makeover but overall as stated above it is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students48%
Female47%
Male48%
African American40%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American52%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant48%

Math

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American66%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students30%
Female32%
Male28%
African American6%
Asian/Pacific Islander27%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American43%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities8%
General population32%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant30%

Math

All Students47%
Female49%
Male45%
African American34%
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American54%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities25%
General population50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%

Science

All Students98%
Female98%
Male99%
African American96%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American98%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students37%
Female45%
Male31%
African American23%
Asian/Pacific Islander44%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American43%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities7%
General population41%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant37%

Math

All Students46%
Female48%
Male45%
African American26%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American55%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities7%
General population51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the elementary school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 62% 9%
Black 2 22% 19%
Hispanic 1 10% 23%
White 2 5% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 14%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 193%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 41%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 512 responses

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents45574%
Teachers57100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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