Gifted & Talented (G&T)

Gifted & Talented programs offer accelerated instruction to eligible elementary school students in New York City. Watch this video to learn more about the G&T admissions process for children entering programs in fall 2022:


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For Children Entering G&T Programs This Fall

The G&T application for children entering programs in 2022 is closed

  • Results. G&T results, including any offers, were released in early August, and the deadline to accept an offer was August 19. 
  • Waitlists. If your child is on a G&T waitlist and that program can make your child a waitlist offer, they will contact you directly. You can check where you are waitlisted by logging in to your MySchools.nyc account, emailing ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov, or visiting a Family Welcome Center.

For Children Entering G&T Programs in Fall 2023

  • We will update this page when information is available about G&T admissions for families with children applying to enter programs in fall 2023.
  • Want to learn how G&T admissions worked last year? Watch a recording (see above) from our May 2022 virtual information sessions.

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.
  • NEW - 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 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. All children born in 2017 attending in these programs are 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 are sent to all families of nominated children, inviting them to apply to G&T programs when the application opens.
    4. During the application period, families of nominated (eligible) children can apply to G&T 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. Interested families apply during the application period 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 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 early August 2022; these results may include a G&T offer and any information about waitlists.

How Report Card Eligibilty Is Determined

For current pre-K students at DOE/district schools, Pre-K Centers, NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) or charter schools:

  • Students' highest grade in each core subject was converted to a zero through four-point scale, as described in the table below.
  • These core subjects were averaged together for each student.
  • Students within the school and grade level were ranked based on this core subject average.
  • Based on this ranking, the top 10% of students in your school and grade level were identified as eligible, rounding up.
  • In the event of a tie that crossed the 10% threshold, all tied students were included. 
Points 10-100 (Numeric) Scale1-4 Scale IB Scale U-E Scale Mastery Scale A-F Scale
4 95-100 4(+/-) IB7 E,E+ ME A, A+
3 85-94 3(+/-) IB6 E-, G, G+ MA A-, B+, B
275-842(+/-) IB4, IB5 G-, S+, S MT B-, C+, C-
165-74 IB2, IB3 S-, N+, N MP D, D+, C-
0'10 -641(+/-) IB1 N-, U MB D- F

For current pre-K students at private or parochial school programs, or for children who are not yet in school for school year 2021-2022:

After the application closed, interviewers with the DOE's Division of Early Childhood Education engaged in interviews with families who applied by the deadline and submitted a nomination status based on family responses to the interview. 

Should I Accept a Waitlist Kindergarten Offer If I Hope to Get a G&T Offer Later?

Yes, if you prefer it to your current offer!

Be sure to accept any offer you prefer by the deadline provided, even if you are hoping for a 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 different 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 and Grade 3 G&T Programs.

How to Apply

Interested families with children entering grades 1, 2, or 3 apply during the previous school year to enter G&T programs in the coming fall.

  • Interested families apply by submitting a G&T application by the deadline, either online with MySchools or through a Family Welcome Center.
  • Eligibility is determined after families apply and is based on report card grades.
    • For current kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 students in DOE public schools
      • DOE identifies the highest-performing students—meaning their core course grades are in the top 10% at their school.
      • Families apply to Grade 3 G&T programs by the deadline one of two ways: by submitting a G&T application online with MySchools, or through a Family Welcome Center
    • For current kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 students in charter, private, or parochial schools
      • For your child's application to be considered, be sure to do both of the following:
      • The DOE will then determine which charter, private, and parochial school applicants qualify as eligible.

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 receive a results letter. This letter may include a G&T offer and any information about waitlists.

How Report Card Eligibility Is Determined

For current students at DOE/district schools, Pre-K Centers, NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs):

  • Students' highest grade in each core subject was converted to a zero through four-point scale, as described in the table below.
  • These core subjects were averaged together for each student.
  • Students within the school and grade level were ranked based on this core subject average.
  • Based on this ranking, the top 10% of students in your school and grade level were identified as eligible, rounding up.
    • For example, in a group of 64 students, the top 10% of results in 6.4, which is rounded to 7 students were found eligible.
  • In the event of a tie that crossed the 10% threshold, all tied students were included. 
    • For example, if in a group of 100 students, the tenth and eleventh students were tied, the eleventh student would also be considered eligible and included. This may result in more than 10% of the grade level.
Points10-100 (Numeric) Scale1-4 ScaleIB ScaleU-E ScaleMastery ScaleA-F Scale
495-1004(+/-)IB7E,E+MEA, A+
385-943(+/-)IB6E-, G, G+MAA-, B+, B
275-842(+/-)IB4, IB5G-, S+, SMTB-, C+, C-
165-74IB2, IB3S-, N+, NMPD, D+, C-
0'10 -641(+/-)IB1N-, UMBD- F

For current students at private or parochial school programs, or charter schools:

The DOE determined which charter, private, and parochial school applicants qualify as eligible based on converting your child’s grades to a 4-point scale. Students with an average of 3.5 or above were considered eligible.

For Current G&T Students

  • Students currently enrolled in a G&T program do not need to apply to continue attending their current G&T program.
  • If your child is a current student at a district G&T program, you may apply for placement to a citywide G&T program, but you are not eligible to apply to other district G&T programs.
  • If your child is a current student at a citywide G&T program, they are not eligible to apply to a different G&T placement.