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.

  • 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. 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 card in early April. 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.

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. 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.
  • 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

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.

Contact schools directly to find out if they have special events, open houses, school tours, or specific information about their G&T programs. You can also find open house dates on the calendar below.

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.


Use this pre-registration checklist to learn what you need to bring when accepting an offer to a kindergarten G&T program:

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Use this registration checklist to learn what you need to bring when accepting an offer to a first-grade, second-grade, or third-grade G&T program:
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