Gifted & Talented

Gifted & Talented

G&T News

Welcome to Gifted & Talented Admissions!

Families who submitted the Request for Testing (RFT) form by November 14 will get their test date confirmation in December. Your child tests in January—prepare with them by taking the practice test in the 2017 Gifted & Talented Handbook

Families who have a student entering kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year should also know about Kindergarten Admissions and those school options.


If you just moved to New York City and are not yet enrolled at a school for the 2016-2017 school year, learn how to enroll on the New Students page.

    G&T Admissions Overview

    Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way that the NYC Department of Education supports the needs of exceptional students. G&T programs aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction aligned to Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).

    Students entering kindergarten through third grade are eligible to participate in G&T admissions. Children must pass an assessment to be eligible to apply to G&T programs.

    Use the resources below to learn about program options and the admissions process:

    G&T resources are also available in translation:

    العربية  | বাংলা 中文  |  Français Kreyòl Ayisyen  |  한국어  |  Русский  |  Español  |  اردو  


    Know the G&T Program Types

    There are two types of Gifted & Talented programs. Admission to these programs is based on your child’s test score:

    • District G&T programs are offered at district elementary schools. They prioritize admitting students who live in the local communities served by the school. You are only eligible to apply to these programs if you score a 90 or above.
    • Citywide G&T schools accept students from all boroughs. There is no admission priority given based on where you live. You are only eligible to apply to these programs if you score a 97 or above.

    Learn more about admissions to these program types and scoring in the Gifted & Talented Handbook


    Prepare to Test for G&T

    If you submitted the Request for Testing (RFT) form by the November 14 deadline, you will get your child's test date confirmation in December. 

    G&T testing happens in January 2017—you can prepare with your child by reviewing the practice test in the 2017 Gifted & Talented Handbook

    Students who are currently enrolled in grades K-2 in a New York City public school will test at their elementary school during the regular school day.

    Pre-K, charter school, and non-public school students will test at a designated school sites on weekends in January. 


    Admissions Timeline


    Download the G&T Admissions Timeline.

    Diversity in G&T Admissions

    Elementary schools across the city were invited to participate in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within their schools for students applying this year to attend for the 2017-2018 school year. This year, Brooklyn School of Inquiry (20K686) will give priority to applicants eligible for Free Reduced Lunch (FRL) for 40% of their seats.

    G&T FAQs

    • When will my child be tested?

      New York City public school students (non-charter) currently in grades K-2 will be tested during the normal school day from January 4-20, 2017. Parents will be notified by their child’s current school of the testing date at least two school days before testing occurs.

      Current pre-K students and non-public school children living in New York City will be tested on the weekend between January 7-29, 2017  at designated school sites. These families will receive confirmation of their test appointment by mid-December 2016 by mail and email (if they submitted the RFT online).

    • Can my child be tested in a language other than English?

      Assessments in other languages are offered to public school students in grades K–2 who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELLs). All pre-K and non-public school students are eligible to take the tests in other languages. Parents of students who request alternate language assessment must indicate the requested language on the Request for Testing (RFT) form. The G&T assessments are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

    • If my child requires testing accommodations, what should I do?

      Parents of students requiring accommodations must indicate the need for accommodations on the RFT. If a student with an IEP or 504 Plan requires other accommodations not listed, families must contact the Office of Assessment at 212-374-6646 or ServiceCenter@schools.nyc.gov.

    • When will I receive my child’s score report?

      Score reports will be sent to all families who are tested in early April 2017.

    • What should I do if my address changes before score reports are released?

      If your child is eligible based on their overall G&T score you will have an opportunity to update your address when you submit an application in April.