Gifted & Talented

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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.

For Fall 2020: Gifted & Talented test registration to enter programs in fall 2020 is currently closed. Most registered children have been tested, and those who get a high enough score can then apply to G&T programs this spring. Families can expect to receive their child's score in April.

For Fall 2021: If your child is in pre-K through second grade, you can register next fall to take the test in the fall of 2020 to enter programs in fall 2021.

Who Can Participate?

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.

Learn About G&T Programs

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. Scroll down to the Documents section of this page to read the guide: learn about the G&T admissions process, the G&T test, and admissions priorities.
  • MySchools. 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.

Take the G&T Test

The results of the G&T test are confidential to you and will not affect your child’s school placement or be shared with your child’s current or future school.

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.

Get Your G&T Test Score

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.

Visit G&T Programs and Apply

Visit Programs

*Please note that NYC public school buildings are currently closed. During this time, we encourage you to visit schools' and programs' websites to learn more about them.*

When school buildings are open, visiting a G&T program and the school where it is located is the best way to explore if it may be the right place for your child. It's also a great way to see how long the trip is from home.

  • Find open house dates in the calendar below, but contact schools directly for the most recent information, such as whether they will hold virtual open houses or information sessions.
  • Please note: G&T programs are in very high demand. There are usually more eligible applicants than available seats in most G&T programs. Even if a child gets the highest score possible on the G&T test, placement is not guaranteed—there are more applicants with scores of 99 than there are seats in some G&T programs. Please keep this in mind as you plan to attend open house events.

Apply to G&T Programs

If your child is eligible, apply to Gifted & Talented next spring by the deadline provided with your G&T application—see your application for details on how and when to apply.

Your child may have priority to attend certain G&T programs because of where they live or because their sibling goes to a certain school or G&T program.


Learn about Gifted & Talented admissions and see all G&T programs in the city on one map in the NYC 2020 Gifted and Talented Admissions Guide. You can also use the practice questions in this guide to familiarize your child with the G&T test.

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Use the Pre-Registration Checklist to learn what you need to provide when accepting an offer to a kindergarten G&T program:

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Use the Registration Checklist to learn what you need to provide when accepting an offer to a first-grade, second-grade, or third-grade G&T program:
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