Gifted and 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.

NEW! The Gifted & Talented Request for Testing (RFT) form is now available! Register for the test at to determine eligibility for Gifted & Talented Programs for Fall 2020. The deadline to request testing is November 12, 2019.

  • Pick up a copy of the 2020 NYC Kindergarten and G&T Admissions Guide at a Family Welcome Center. Use the guide to start exploring Gifted and Talented programs in your district and throughout the city.
  • You can also use our newly updated online admissions guide to help navigate the Gifted and Talented admissions process!

Gifted & Talented Results

Gifted & Talented (G&T) application results for the 2019-2020 school year are still available to view in MySchools.

If you submitted a G&T application, you can view your child’s results letter online.

  • If your child received an offer, they have also been added automatically to the waitlist of any program that you placed higher on the application that the program where they received an offer.
  • If your child did not receive an offer, they have been added automatically to the waitlists of all programs on their application.

Waitlist Offers

In some cases, G&T programs may have seats that become available after offers are sent to families. Applicants who did not get an offer from their first-choice program were added to the waitlists of all the programs listed higher on their application than the program where they got an offer, or all the programs they applied to if they got no offers.

How many students get G&T offers?

G&T programs are in very high demand. These are usually more eligible applicants than available seats in most G&T programs. If your child does not get a qualifying score of a G&T offer, they are still guaranteed placement at a NYC public school.

If you get an offer from the waitlist, contact the program directly to set up a time to register. Use this checklist to learn what to bring.

Who Can Participate in G&T Admissions?

Your child must be a current NYC resident entering kindergarten through third grade next fall to take the G&T test. The registration period to schedule the test for the 2019-2020 school year is closed. 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.

Schedule the G&T Test

The registration period to schedule the test for the 2019-2020 school year has closed.

If your child is in pre-K through second grade next fall, you can schedule the test for the 2020-2021 school year in the fall of 2019:

When and where your child takes the G&T test depends on their current grade level and whether they attend a public school.

  • Current public school students in grades K-2 will take the test during a regular school day in January—get your child’s testing date from their school.
  • Current pre-K, charter school, and non-public school students will take the test on a weekend date—choose a test date and location when you schedule the test.

Learn About G&T Programs

There are two types of settings for G&T programs.

  • District G&T programs are located within DOE public elementary schools. Students in these programs take classes together in major subject areas but may share classes such as physical education or art with students who are not in the G&T program. These programs give an admissions priority to students who live in particular school districts.
  • Citywide G&T programs are schoolwide. Every student in these schools is in the G&T program, and all courses are designed for G&T students. These programs accept students from across the city and do not give admissions priorities based on where students live.

G&T Resources

  • Gifted & Talented Admissions Guide. The 2020 guide (coming soon!) provides a map of schools with G&T programs from the 2019-2020 school year. Pick up a copy to learn about the G&T admissions process, the G&T test, and admissions priorities.
  • MySchools. Starting in late November, you’ll 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.


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