About Our School
An OUTSTANDING School Where Learning Takes Place
Here at PS121, we offer our students an eclectic learning environment, filled with a variety of support and services. The transformative learning experiences at PS121 are designed to help our students grow, both in and out of the classroom. PS121 is located in the heart of Ozone Park and serves students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. With nearly 1,000 students and a staff of 100, we are here to help our students make an impact on the world. Do you want your child to succeed? This is the place to be!
P.S. 121 is committed in ensuring that every student is provided with the skill sets to achieve grade level expectations in a safe, diverse, nurturing, and supportive environment, that takes into account each child's unique learning needs and fosters creativity, accountability, and a sense of community in order for them to become successful lifelong learners.
A Message from our Principal (IA)
Mr. Nicholas J. Patrello
Dear P.S.121 Families,
It is with great pleasure and honor that I introduce myself as the Interim Acting (IA) Principal of P.S. 121Q. I look forward to meeting and working with each and every one of you as we welcome our scholars back home to P.S. 121Q.
Prior to joining the P.S. 121Q community, I served students as an elementary school general education classroom teacher in grades four and five. I also served as the general education teacher in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) third grade setting, as well as a Science Cluster Specialist for grades two through five. I then transitioned to school leadership in my role as Assistant Principal of Supervision at New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math (NEST+m) – one of New York City’s citywide Gifted & Talented schools, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In 2016, I joined District 28 in my role as Assistant Principal at P.S. 54Q.
As part of my leadership mission and vision, I believe in cultivating a school community in which students feel safe and valued each and every day as they are challenged to think critically while working to complete complex tasks that push their thinking. I believe in providing opportunities for students to see themselves in their learning while leveraging 21st Century Skills to help them be successful throughout their academic careers and beyond. I believe in educating the whole child and providing opportunities for students to express themselves in a myriad of creative ways – from dance and movement to visual arts, theater and drama.
I will be hosting a series of Town Hall Meetings – opportunities for you and I to meet and begin our wonderful journey together – over the next several weeks.
I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via telephone at 718-558-1560 or by email at NPatrello@schools.nyc.gov.
Nicholas J. Patrello,
Principal (IA), P.S. 121Q
Our vision is to equip children for the demands and opportunities of the 21st century by offering a differentiated, effective and rigorous curriculum to be committed learners for life. We believe that through hard work, determination and discipline our students will succeed!
We believe that students learn best when they are provided access points to support learning. To support this belief, we have chosen an instructional focus that ensures teachers' use of discussion protocols, depth of knowledge (DOK) wheel, and conversational prompts. We believe students need to be actively engaged in lessons and tasks that are differentiated and meet the demands of the Common Core Learning Standards.