Gifted programs

Gifted & Talented Program (G&T) | NYC Department of Education

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Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way that NYC supports the needs of exceptional students. To participate in G&T Admissions, sign your child up to take the G&T Test. Students who get a high enough score on this test will have the chance to apply for G&T programs.

  • Students with disabilities, in temporary housing, and English Language Learners (ELL) are encouraged to take the test and will be supported in G&T programs
  • Open to students in public school, charter school, private school, and parochial school students
  • District programs take students in local elementary schools, Citywide programs take students from across NYC
  • Students have a higher chance of getting an offer to District G&T programs
  • Sign up for the test online or in person

Am I Eligible?

To have your child take the G&T admissions test, you must be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you a NYC resident?
  • Will your child be at least 5 years old by the end of 2018?
  • Is your child currently in Pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade?

To apply for a G&T program you must be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Did your child take G&T admissions test and score 90 or above?
    • If they did not they are still guaranteed a seat in an NYC public school
  • If you would like to apply for a district program, did your child score 90 or above?
  • If you would like to apply for a Citywide program, did your child score 97 or above?

What Will I Need to Apply?

You must bring your child’s birth certificate or passport to the G&T test appointment to verify their date of birth.


I'm Ready To Apply

  • To sign up to take the test, submit a Request for Testing (RFT) form, available online, at your child’s public school, and at Family Welcome Centers each year in mid-October.
  • Use the practice test in the back of the NYC Gifted & Talented Handbook to prepare for the test—learn the types of questions your child may see on the test and help prepare them for the test-taking experience.
  • Testing takes place each January.

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