Gifted & Talented (G&T)

Gifted & Talented programs offer accelerated instruction to eligible elementary school students in New York City.


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For Children Entering Kindergarten G&T Programs in Fall 2023

This year, families will be able to apply to kindergarten Gifted and Talented programs on the same general kindergarten application. The combined G&T and kindergarten application will open from December 7, 2022 - January 20, 2023. If your child was born in 2018 and lives in New York City, they are eligible to apply for fall 2023. 

For Children Entering G&T Programs for First, Second and Third Grade in Fall 2023

For children who wish to enter G&T programs for grades 1-3, more information will be provided soon. 

Sign up for updates about the 2023 Gifted and Talented admissions process. 

G&T Program Types

There are two types of G&T programs:

  • K-to-5 G&T Programs
    • These existing programs serve children throughout elementary school, from kindergarten through grade 5.
    • Children can enter these programs in kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3.
    • Learn more about how and when to participate in the sections that follow.
  • Grade 3 G&T Programs
    • These programs––at least one in each NYC community school district––serve children from grade 3 to grade 5.
    • Children enter these programs in grade 3. Highest-performing grade 2 students (whose grades are in the top 10% at their school) are invited to apply. 

G&T Admissions for Children Entering Kindergarten in Fall 2023

This process is for kindergarten G&T programs. If you list G&T programs on your application, eligibility will be determined after the application closes. 

Eligibility Process 

This varies a bit depending on where (and whether) a child currently attends pre-K.

  • For current pre-K students at DOE/district schools, Pre-K Centers, NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs), or charter schools:
    • Anyone who adds a G&T program to their kindergarten application will be evaluated by their current pre-K teachers.
  • For current pre-K students at private or parochial school programs, or for children who are not yet in school:
    1. Interested families apply by listing a G&T program on their kindergarten application.
    2. After the application closes, DOE's Division of Early Childhood Education contacts applicants to set up interviews.
    3. Then, interviews take place.
    4. Based on these interviews, early childhood education experts nominate eligible applicants for G&T admissions.

How Kindergarten G&T Offers Are Made

  • After all applications are submitted and eligibility is determined, all eligible applicants are considered for offers.
  • Offers are determined based on families' application choices, seat availability, and admissions priorities. All G&T programs give an admissions priority to siblings of current students. Some programs also give a priority to applicants who live or attend school in a specific district.
  • All applicants will receive a results letter in spring 2023.