Gifted & Talented

Gifted & Talented

The G&T Request for Testing will be available soon

Please check back in October for information about requesting testing for Gifted & Talented program placement in the 2015-2016 school year. You may also subscribe to our email alerts to ensure you receive the latest information as soon as it is available.

    Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way 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). New York City students who are entering kindergarten through 3rd grade are eligible to participate in G&T Admissions. Children must pass an assessment to be eligible to apply to G&T programs. Please use the steps below to guide you through the process:

    1. Apply for testing by completing a Request For Testing (RFT) form.
    2. Take the test on the test date that you are given.
    3. Receive notice of eligibility in April
    4. Apply to G&T programs, if eligible

    There are two types of G&T programs:

    1. District G&T programs are in district elementary schools. They begin in kindergarten and end in the school's terminal grade.

    2. There are also Citywide programs that equally students from all boroughs without district-based priority.

    To learn more about G&T Programs in New York City public schools:

    • Read the G&T handbook for details about the testing and application processes.
    • Review answers to frequently asked questions about G&T assessment. 
    • Access other resources for families about the G&T process.

    Upper Elementary G&T Placement for the 2014-15 School Year

    On March 31, 2014, the New York State Legislature passed a law prohibiting school districts from making “any student promotion or placement decisions based solely or primarily on student performance on the state administered standardized English language arts and mathematics assessments for grades three through eight.”

    Given this new legislation the New York City Department of Education will not be making Gifted & Talented placements in grades 4 and 5 in September 2014. In the past, families interested in applying for Gifted and Talented placement for children entering grades 4 and 5 would submit an application in the summer to the Office of Student Enrollment. Eligibility was determined based on the applicant’s scores on the New York State English Language Arts and Mathematics tests and placements were made based on available seats in requested programs.