The New York City public school system has a wonderful Gifted & Talented program, but to get your children enrolled you need to understand how it works, request testing, and then your child needs to score high enough to be offered a seat. The process can be a bit overwhelming, so we're happy to help break it down with the key dates and steps you need to be aware of. If your child was born in 2010 - 2013, this is crunch time for you. Read on!
What is G&T?
The G&T Program, short for "gifted and talented", is one way the NYC department of education (DOE) supports exceptional students in Kindergarten through 5th grade (with placement into the program when entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade). There are district and citywide programs, with district programs prioritizing admissions to local students in that district (click for a map of districts), and citywide programs being open to all but requiring a higher test score (score of 97 or above as opposed to a score of 90 for district programs).
G&T is very competitive. For example, last year over 16,582 rising Kindergarteners tested, 4467 received a score high enough to make them eligible to apply to the program, 3369 students applied, and 2366 students received G&T placement. That's only 14%!
About the G&T Test
There are two parts to the G&T test: verbal and non-verbal. The verbal portion measures reasoning and comprehension, and students must listen carefully to oral instructions. They are assessed on things such as sequences, likenesses and differences, solving math problems, and recalling numbers and words. The non-verbal portion tests children on sequencing, patterns, and problem solving. Rising kindergarteners aren't expected to bubble in answers, and can simply point to the answer.
Certain accommodations can be made for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Individualized Education Services Programs (IESPs), or 504 Accommodation Plans, and English Language Learners (ELLs) can request to take the test in another language.
G&T Test Prep
It's important to be aware that parents are not allowed to accompany the child during testing. This is the first time some rising Kindergarteners have ever been away from a parent, so it's important to prepare your child and consider practicing beforehand.
You can find a few practice pages in the G&T Handbook that will help you and your child better understand the types of questions and format of the test. It's recommended to practice a bit.
There are also some preschools, UPK / Pre-K, and enrichment programs that focus on preparing students for G&T testing and admissions. Worldtots is one such preschool, even offering NYC's free UPK program, and conducting play-based learning in English and Mandarin! If looking for prep classes, FasTracKids in Dyker Heights and Miss Karen's Preschool in Bay Ridge offer G&T assessment and prep courses.
District 20 & Local Citywide G&T Programs:
Brooklyn School of Inquiry (citywide program)
Location: 50 Avenue P
Size: K-8 (G&T K-5), 585 students
PS 102 The Bayview (district 20 program)
Location: 211 72nd Street
Size: K-5, 1428 students
PS / IS 104 The Fort Hamilton School (district 20 program)
Location: 9115 5th Avenue
Size: K-8 (G&T K-5), 1278 students
PS 164 Caesar Rodney (district 20 program)
Location: 4211 14th Avenue
Size: Pre-K - 5 (G&T K-5), 658 students
PS 200 Benson School (district 20 program)
Location: 1940 Benson Avenue
Size: Pre-K - 5 (G&T K-5), 1299 students
PS 204 Vince Lombardi (district 20 program)
Location: 8101 15th Avenue
Size: Pre-K - 5 (G&T 1 - 5), 1195 students
PS 205 Clarion (district 20 program)
Location: 6701 20th Avenue
Size: Pre-K to 5 (G&T K-5), 1246 students
PS 229 Dyker (district 20 program)
Location: 1400 Benson Avenue
Size: Pre-K - 8 (G&T K-5), 1240 students
- October 25, 2017: District 20 Elementary Admissions info session held at FDR High from 5:30 - 7:30, covering Pre-K, Kindergarten, and G&T admissions processes. Go here to see dates for all districts' info sessions.
- November 13, 2017: deadline to sign up to take the G&T test (called "RFT" - request for testing). You can sign up here.
- November 28, 2017: applications for Kindergarten open here.
- January 3-18, 2018: G&T tests conducted (dates and locations vary).
- January 12, 2018: deadline to apply to Kindergarten.
- March 2018: receive Kindergarten offer.
- March 2018: receive G&T scores and if applicable, program application form.
- April 2018: deadline to accept Kindergarten offer (you'll notice this deadline is before you know if you'll be getting a G&T placement, so go ahead and accept the Kindergarten offer to be safe, and you can later decline if you do end up receiving G&T placement).
- April 16, 2018: deadline to apply to G&T programs.
- May - June 2018: receive offer to G&T program.
- June 2018: deadline to accept G&T offer.
We hope you found this article helpful!! Please share with anyone you think may be interested in G&T programs, and leave a comment with your own tips or thoughts!!
Looking for a great preschool or UPK program in Brooklyn? We are Worldtots, a dual-language English & Mandarin program located in the intersection of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Sunset Park!