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:

Happening Now

The Gifted & Talented (G&T) application is currently closed.

  • G&T results, including any offers, will be available in late July.
  • Please note: If your child currently attends a charter, private, or parochial school and is entering grade 1, 2, or 3 this fall, be sure to submit their report card grades to a Family Welcome Center by July 1. The DOE needs your child's report card grades to determine their eligibility for G&T.

Want to learn more about G&T admissions this 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. In April and May, 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. Families of nominated (eligible) children can apply to G&T between May 31 and June 17 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 between May 31 and June 17 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. In June and early July, 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 late July 2022; these results may include a G&T offer and any information about waitlists.

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 in the spring to enter G&T programs in the coming fall.

  • Interested families apply between May 31 and June 17 by submitting a G&T application 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 between May 31 and June 17 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 will receive a results letter in late July 2022. This letter may include a G&T offer and any information about waitlists.

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.
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