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:
Who Can Participate in G&T Admissions?
Your child must be a current NYC resident entering kindergarten through third grade in September 2019 to take the G&T test. The registration period to schedule the test for the 2019-2020 school year has closed.
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:
Schedule the G&T Test
The registration period to schedule the test for the 2019-2020 school year has closed.
If your child is in pre-K through second grade next fall, you can schedule the test for the 2020-2021 school year in the fall of 2019:
- Online at MySchools.nyc in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French:
- In person at a Family Welcome Center—find locations and hours:
When and where your child takes the G&T test depends on their current grade level and whether they attend a public school.
- Current public school students in grades K-2 will take the test during a regular school day in January—get your child’s testing date from their school.
- Current pre-K, charter school, and non-public school students will take the test on a weekend date—choose a test date and location when you schedule the test.
Learn About G&T Programs
There are two types of settings for G&T programs.
- District G&T programs are located within DOE public elementary schools. Students in these programs take classes together in major subject areas but may share classes such as physical education or art with students who are not in the G&T program. These programs give an admissions priority to students who live in particular school districts.
- Citywide G&T programs are schoolwide. Every student in these schools is in the G&T program, and all courses are designed for G&T students. These programs accept students from across the city and do not give admissions priorities based on where students live.
- Admissions Guides. View a map of schools with G&T programs from the 2018-2019 school year and learn about the G&T admissions process, the G&T test, and admissions priorities. If your child was born in 2014, use the Kindergarten and Gifted & Talented Admissions Guide. Otherwise, refer to the Gifted & Talented Admissions Guide
- MySchools. Starting in late November, you’ll use MySchools to explore elementary schools and learn about G&T programs.
- Diversity in Admissions page. This year, G&T programs across the city were invited to participate in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within our programs—learn more:
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 practice G&T tests in our admissions guides with your child. Be sure to use the correct guide and test for your child’s birth year. (Scroll up to view or download.) 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.
Visit G&T Programs
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.
This spring, find event information and open house dates on this website. Contact schools directly to find out if they have special events, open houses, school tours, or specific information about their G&T programs.
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.
Get Your G&T Results
If you apply to G&T programs, you will get your results in the late spring. There is no guarantee that a student will get an offer to a G&T program, regardless of their G&T test score. The number of eligible students typically exceeds the number of seats available.
Accept or decline a G&T offer if your child gets one by pre-registering at the school. Contact the school to set up a time to pre-register in person. Bring your child and all required documents—use this checklist to learn what you need to bring:
In some cases, G&T programs may have seats that become available after offers are sent to families. Applicants who do not get an offer from their first-choice program will be added to the waitlists of all the programs listed higher on their application than the program where they got an offer, or of all the programs they applied to if they got no offers.
How Many Students Get G&T Offers?
G&T programs are in very high demand. There are usually more eligible applicants than available seats in most G&T programs. If your child does not get a qualifying score or a G&T offer, they are still guaranteed placement at a NYC public school.
Students born in 2014 will also apply to kindergarten this winter. After the kindergarten application period opens, submit a kindergarten application online, by phone, or at a Family Welcome Center—learn more:
Plan for Middle School
During fifth grade (or sixth grade if your child’s elementary school ends in sixth grade), your child will apply to middle school. Middle school admissions may seem many years in the future, but it’s helpful to start thinking now about the next step in your child’s educational journey. Here are a few tips: