Talented And Gifted Kindergarten

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What Is Gifted & Talented?

Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way that New York City supports the educational needs of exceptional students. Our G&T programs vary in approach, but they all offer specialized instruction and enrichment opportunities.

  • Subscribe to our Gifted & Talented email list to get G&T admissions tips and key date reminders.
  • Pick up a copy of the 2020 NYC Kindergarten and G&T Admissions Guide at a Family Welcome Center or your current school. Use this guide to learn about G&T admissions and programs in your district and throughout the city; our online admissions guide will also help you navigate the Gifted and Talented admissions process.
  • Gifted & Talented test registration is closed. All currently registered children will take the test in January 2020, and those who get a high enough score can then apply to G&T programs this spring. If your child is in pre-K through second grade, next fall, you can register to take the test for the 2021-2022 school year in the fall of 2020.

Your child must be a current NYC resident entering kindergarten through third grade next fall to take the G&T test. To qualify to apply to G&T programs, your child must get a high enough score on the G&T test.

Students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to take the G&T test—learn more on our Students with Disabilities and Gifted and Talented page.

There are two types of G&T programs:

  • District G&T programs are located within DOE public elementary schools. These programs give an admissions priority to students who live in particular school districts.
  • Citywide G&T programs are schoolwide. These programs accept students from across the city and do not give admissions priorities based on where students live.

Find out more about Gifted & Talented admissions and specific programs:

  • Gifted & Talented Admissions Guide. The 2020 guide provides a map of schools with G&T programs from the 2019-2020 school year. Pick up a copy at your current school or local Family Welcome Center to learn about the G&T admissions process, the G&T test, and admissions priorities.
  • Use MySchools to explore elementary schools and learn about G&T programs.
  • Diversity in Admissions. This year, G&T programs across the city were invited to participate in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within our programs.

How To Prepare Your Child For The Test

The G&T test uses both nonverbal and verbal tests to determine if a child is eligible to apply for G&T programs.

  • Learn more about the G&T test.
  • Review the sample test questions in the Gifted & Talented Admissions Guide with your child. Be sure to use the correct sample questions for your child’s birth year. Learn the types of questions your child may see on the test and help prepare them for the test-taking experience.

If your child takes the G&T test in January, you’ll get their score report in the spring. Students who get a G&T test score of 90 or above will also get a G&T application.

District and citywide G&T programs have different qualifying scores:

  • District G&T programs: Your child must get a score of 90 or above to apply to district G&T programs in the district where they live.
  • Citywide G&T programs: Your child must get a score of 97 or above to apply.

Learn more about how Gifted & Talented tests are scored.

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