Gifted & Talented

NYC G&T programs were created to give gifted students the opportunity to learn at an accelerated pace as well as explore material in a way that indulges their intellectual minds. Students are placed in a rigorous enriching environment surrounded by students of similar capabilities in order maximize academic learning and truly make a difference.

Admissions Overview

G&T programs are one way that the NYC DOE supports the needs of exceptional students. G&T programs aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction aligned to Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).

Students entering kindergarten through third grade are eligible to participate in G&T admissions. Children must pass an assessment to be eligible to apply to G&T programs.

District vs Citywide

Citywide programs are comprised entirely of gifted and talented classes, whereas District programs have only a few gifted and talented classes offered per grade. Citywide programs are better known than district programs, and are typically more sought after by parents than District programs.

Steps to take..

  • Submit a Request for Testing (RFT) Form

    The first step in seeking a G&T placement is to sign up in the fall of 2015 for testing to determine whether your child is eligible to apply.

  • Prepare for and Take the Exam

    Children whose families request testing take both nonverbal and verbal exams in January or February 2016 to determine whether they are eligible to apply for a G&T placement.

  • Find out Results and Apply for Placement (if applicable)

    After the exams have been administered and scored, families will receive score reports for their children. If your child is eligible to apply for G&T placement, you will receive an application listing your child’s G&T program options, along with the G&T score report, in early April.

  • Receive Placement Notification

    All applicants will receive a notification letter in late May 2016 indicating whether they can be offered a placement at that time.

What is the NYC Gifted and Talented Test?

The NYC Department of Education uses two assessments to determine if a child is eligible to apply for a G&T program: nonverbal test items from the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) and verbal test items from the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). The nonverbal assessment is administered first, followed by the verbal assessment.

Assessing children in both nonverbal and verbal domains provides a balanced look at each child’s intellectual abilities.

Verbal Assessment (OLSAT)

Designed to measure verbal reasoning and comprehension skills that are most closely related to scholastic achievement. Children’s thinking skills (abstract thinking and reasoning) are also measured, which provides an understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses in performing a variety of reasoning tasks.

Children will be tested in two verbal content clusters:

Verbal Comprehension

Measures the ability to manipulate or respond to information through listening to language, such as following directions.

Verbal Reasoning

Measures the ability to discover patterns or relationships and to solve problems through the use of language such as aural reasoning and arithmetic reasoning.

Nonverbal Assessment (NNAT)

Designed to measure nonverbal reasoning skills and general problem solving ability without the use of language. Children will be tested on their ability to solve problems and to demonstrate an understanding of relationships.

There are four types of nonverbal test questions:

Pattern Completion

Measures the ability to visually perceive design patterns and identify the correct missing portions.

Reasoning by Analogy

Measures the ability to recognize relationships among geometric shapes.

Serial Reasoning

Measures the ability to recognize sequences among shapes.

Spatial Visualization

Measures the ability to recognize how two or more objects would look if combined.

Which G&T Program is my child eligible for?

Eligibility for Citywide G&T Programs

G&T score of 97 or above

Students who obtain an overall G&T score of 97 or above are eligible for placement in both citywide and district G&T programs. n recent years, however, due to high levels of competition, only students who scored in the 99th percentile were accepted to citywide programs.

Live in New York City

Your child must live in New York City at the time of RFT submission, the time of application, and the time of admission.

No Mandatory District Residence

Citywide programs accept students from all five boroughs, regardless of district of residence. Children who are eligible for citywide programs are also eligible for district programs.

Eligibility for District G&T Programs

G&T score of 90 or above

Students who obtain an overall G&T score of 90 or above are eligible for placement in G&T district programs but not citywide programs.

Live in New York City

Your child must live in New York City at the time of RFT submission, the time of application, and the time of admission.

Mandatory District Residence

District programs accept children according to their district of residence. There are nearly 100 district programs available, spread out across a majority of New York City’s 32 districts.

Schools with G&T Classes

The interactive map below shows all Citywide and District schools in Manhattan and Queens that offer a Gifted and Talented Program. (Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island coming soon)

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Request for Testing

If you are interested in having your child take the New York City public school G&T exam, you must complete a Request for Testing (RFT) form in one of the following two ways:

If you are unable to submit the online form, you should complete the paper copy of the RFT form found here.

Current public school families who are requesting testing must submit the form to their child’s school.
Non-public and charter school families submit the form to a local Family Welcome Center.


Family Welcome Center Locations

Family Welcome Centers are open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:00pm.

BoroughFamily Welcome CenterDistrict Served
Queens28-11 Queens Plaza North, 3rd Floor Long Island City, NY 11101
30-48 Linden Place, 2nd Floor Flushing, NY 11354
90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 1st Floor Jamaica, NY 11435
24, 30
25, 26
27, 28, 29
Manhattan333 Seventh Avenue, 12th Floor, Room 1211 New York, NY 10001
388 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, Room 713 New York, NY 10027
1, 2, 4
3, 5, 6

The online form is available here. A confirmation receipt will be emailed to you once submitting the RFT form. It is recommended to print and save the receipt for your record.

Good to Know

Siblings who qualify for G&T are given priority in the same program as their sibling if the older child is currently enrolled at the school in grades K-4.

If siblings do not qualify for the gifted program, an attempt will be made to place them in the general education program at the same school, depending on space.

Public School Reviews

To find statistical information about schools such as their teacher to student ratio, classroom size, etc. click below.

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