Gifted & Talented

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

Happening Next

  • The G&T application will be open from May 31 - June 13, 2022. Offers will be made in July.
  • We're hosting live virtual events on May 24, May 26, and June 1 for families to provide more information about this year's G&T admissions process. For event times and interpretation details, visit schools.nyc.gov/ESEvents.

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 Gifted & Talented One Pager below or the sections that follow.
  • NEW - Grade 3 G&T programs
    • These 32 programs––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. 
    • Learn more in the Admissions for Grade 3 G&T Programs section below.

G&T Admissions for Children Entering Kindergarten in Fall 2022

This process is for K-to-5 G&T programs, which serve children from kindergarten through grade 5.

How to Participate

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:
    1. In April and May, all children born in 2017 attending in these programs will be evaluated by their current pre-K teachers. There is nothing families need to do as part of this process.
    2. Based on these evaluations, teachers nominate children for G&T admissions.
    3. Then, eligibility letters will be sent to all families of nominated children, inviting them to apply to G&T programs when the application opens.
    4. Families of nominated (eligible) children can apply to G&T between May 31 and June 13 by submitting a G&T application online with MySchools or through a Family Welcome Center.
  • For current pre-K students at private or parochial school programs, or for children who are not yet in school:
    1. Families can apply to G&T between May 31 and June 13 by submitting a G&T application online with MySchools or through a Family Welcome Center.
    2. After the application closes, DOE's Division of Early Childhood Education will contact applicants to set up interviews.
    3. In June and early July, interviews will take place.
    4. Based on these interviews, early childhood education experts will 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 July 2022; these results may include a G&T offer and any information about waitlists.

Should I Accept My Child's Kindergarten Offer If I Hope to Get a G&T Offer Later?

Yes, absolutely!

Be sure to accept your child's kindergarten offer by May 6 even if you are hoping for a waitlist or G&T offer. Accepting this offer secures your child's seat at that school, and accepting it now will not affect your chances of getting a waitlist or G&T offer later.

G&T Admissions for Children Entering Grades 1, 2, or 3 in Fall 2022

This process is for K-to-5 G&T programs, which serve children from kindergarten through grade 5.

How to Apply

  • Interested families with children entering grades 1, 2, or 3 can apply this spring to enter G&T programs in fall 2022.
  • Apply between May 31 and June 13 by submitting a G&T application online with MySchools or through a Family Welcome Center.
  • Eligibility will be determined after families apply––more information on eligibility for children in these grades will be available soon.

How Grade 1-3 G&T Offers Are Made

  • Offers for eligible applicants will be determined based on families' application choices, programs' seat availability, and admissions priorities. All G&T programs give priority to siblings of current students. Some programs also give priority to children who live or attend school in a specific district.
  • All applicants will receive a results letter in July 2022. This letter may include a G&T offer and any information about waitlists.

Admissions for Grade 3 G&T Programs

This process differs slightly based on where students currently attend grade 2.

Who Can Participate, and How?

  • For current grade 2 students in NYC public schools
    • DOE identifies the highest-performing grade 2 students—meaning their core course grades are in the top 10% at their school.
    • DOE invites the families of these students to apply to Grade 3 G&T programs.
    • Invited families can apply to Grade 3 G&T programs between May 31 and June 13 by submitting a G&T application online with MySchools or through a Family Welcome Center.
    • Please note: Grade 2 students invited to participate in Grade 3 G&T admissions can also apply for grade 3 seats at K-to-5 G&T programs.
  • For current grade 2 students in private or parochial schools
    • Families can apply to Grade 3 G&T programs between May 31 and June 13 by submitting a G&T application online with MySchools or through a Family Welcome Center.
    • The DOE will then determine which private/parochial school applicants qualify as eligible.

How Grade 3 G&T Program Offers Are Made

  • All invited/eligible applicants will be considered for offers.
  • Offers for these programs are determined based on families' application choices, programs' seat availability, and admissions priorities. These programs give priority to siblings of current students and children who live or attend school in specific districts. 
  • All applicants will receive a results letter in July 2022; these results may include a G&T offer and any information about waitlists.
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