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G&T News

The Grade 4 & 5 G&T Request for Placement form is now available. Please be advised that the form must be submitted in person at a Family Welcome Center.

If your child is entering fourth or fifth grade in the 2015-2016 school year, you can start the admissions process for placement in citywide and district Gifted & Talented programs on Monday, May 11.

Parents of eligible children may submit a Request for Placement (RFP) in person at a Family Welcome Center. The deadline for submitting a RFP is Friday, May 22, 2015. For more information, please review the FAQs.

Decision letters for Kindergarten through grade 3 placement will be sent to families the week of May 25.

    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.

    There are two types of G&T programs:

    • District G&T programs. These are located in district elementary schools; they begin in kindergarten and end in the school’s terminal grade.
    • Citywide G&T programs. These admit students from all boroughs without district-based priority.

    Read the G&T handbooks and the Score Report FAQs for details about G&T programs and admissions. You can also sign up for G&T email updates.

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    G&T FAQs: Fourth and Fifth Grade Admissions

    If my child is currently enrolled in a G&T program, do I need to submit a Request for Placement form in order for my child to remain in the program in grades 4 & 5?
    No, students currently enrolled in a G&T program do not need to take any action in order to remain in the program at their current school.

    How do I apply for a grade 4 or 5 G&T placement for my child?
    Families must submit a RFP form in person at a Family Welcome Center. This form will be used to initiate the process of collecting the various elements used to determine eligibility. The RFP form will be available on this webpage beginning May 11.

    What is the timeline of the placement process?

    Request for Placement: May 11-May 22
    Notification of Eligibility: Late August
    Application Deadline: August 28
    Decision Letters Sent to Families: Early September

    How will eligibility be determined?

    Eligibility will be determined based on a comprehensive review of three measures, each of which will be weighted equally:

    • New York State test scores
    • 2015 report card grades
    • Descriptors of exceptional characteristics provided by the student’s teacher

    Reviewers will be looking for evidence of exceptionality in the following areas: capacity to learn, application of knowledge, creative and productive thinking, and motivation to succeed.

    How do I submit New York State ELA and Math scores?

    The NYCDOE receives state test data directly, so families of public school students will not need to submit test scores. Families of private or home school students will be contacted regarding these test scores.

    My child does not have New York State English Language Arts (ELA) or Math scores for the 2014-15 school year. Can we still apply?

    For children without New York State ELA or Math test scores from the 2014-15 school year (for example, private, parochial, or home schooled students), families may submit official student test scores, administered within the current school year, that are comparable to New York State Math and ELA assessments.

    A comparable assessment is defined as any standardized achievement test that assesses the Common Core Standards in reading, writing, and math at the grade level in which the child is currently enrolled (e.g. a family applying for enrollment in grade 4 will need to submit grade 3 assessment results). The assessment must have published evidence regarding its reliability and validity. School-created assessments will not meet these criteria. The assessment results submitted must include performance level indicators along with the definition of those indicators.

    My child was tested for entry into the Gifted & Talented program in grades K-3 during a previous school year. May we use those scores for admissions?

    The New York City Gifted and Talented Assessment Program (GTAP) Test Scores may not be used for placement for grades 4 or 5, as the standardized assessments to be considered for enrollment in grades 4 or 5 must have been administered within the current school year.

    Who is conducting the placement reviews?

    The reviews will be conducted by a team of experienced educators from the Central Office who will norm and score the eligibility criteria based on the three measures listed above.

    If eligible, how do I apply for placement?

    Eligible students will be provided with a list of programs over the summer and may submit an application at that time. 

    Are there priorities for admission?
    Priority for admission will be given to applicants based on sibling status and district of residence(for district G&T programs).