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.
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..
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:
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:
Which G&T Program is my child eligible for?
Eligibility for Citywide G&T Programs
Eligibility for District G&T Programs
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)
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.
|Borough||Family Welcome Center||District Served|
|Queens||28-11 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
27, 28, 29
|Manhattan||333 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.