Gifted programs

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

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Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs support 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.

  • G&T programs welcome and support students with disabilities, those in temporary housing , English Language Learners (ELL), and LGBTQ students and families
  • Open to students in public school, charter school, private school, and parochial school students
  • District programs take students in local elementary schools, while 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


To have your child take the G&T admissions test, you must be able to answer ‘yes’ to these questions:

  • Are you an NYC resident?
  • Will your child be at least 5 years old by the end of 2019?
  • 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 not, they are still guaranteed a seat in an NYC public school
  • 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.


  • To sign up to take the test, register online using MySchools or in-person at a Family Welcome Center by the fall deadline
  • Learn more about programs and how to help your child prepare for the test with the G&T Admissions Guide, available at Family Welcome Centers
  • Testing takes place in January
  • Students who score a 90 or above on the test will get an application in the spring with more information about how to apply to G&T programs


Updated February 21, 2020