Gifted programs

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

Education Pre-Schooler Grade-Schooler

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

Who is eligible

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 you 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.


How to apply

  • 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

How to get help

*Because of coronavirus, Family Welcome Center buildings are temporarily closed, but staff members are working remotely to support families with enrollment, admissions questions, offer information, and waitlists. For information on how to contact the right Family Welcome Center, visit the NYC Schools website.

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