NYC Gifted and Talented programs Applications for the 2012/2013 School Year

Parents of 4 year olds, applications for the New York City public schools gifted and talented programs for kindergarten admission in the 2012-2013 school year have begun.  Deadlines for city’s program is are much earlier this year than last so now is the time to take action.

There are 2 different gifted and talented (G&T) programs available – the NYC Department of Education's (DOE) public school G&T program and Hunter College Elementary School.  Each program has it’s own distinct screening test.

Hunter College Elementary School (HCES) is a NYC elementary school for intellectually gifted students administered by Hunter College, not the DOE.  If you’re thinking of applying to HCES you will need to complete the application and have your child tested now.  See our timeline here.  HCES uses the Stanford Binet screening test.

If you’re applying to a NYC DOE G&T program, you have a bit more time, but you will need to complete and submit a Request for Testing (RTF) form by October 28, 2011.

All details are available in the DOE G&T handbooks online.

Important dates:

September 26, 2011 - Families begin submitting RTF Forms

October 28, 2011 - Deadline to submit RTF Forms

October 2011 - Gifted and Talented Parent Information Sessions – see flyer for dates and locations

January 3–February 10, 2012 – Current K-2 Public School Students, OLSAT/BSRA testing at school sites

January 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2012; February 4 & 5, 2012 - Current DOE Pre-K Students and Non-Public School Students OLSAT/BSRA testing at selected sites

Mid-April 2012 - Score reports and applications with available G&T sites communicated to eligible students

April 20, 2012 - Applications due

Week of May 21, 2012 - Placement offers communicated to families

Week of June 4, 2012 - Deadline for families to accept/decline placement offer


The DOE will be conducting G&T information sessions in all 5 boroughs starting next week.  DOE staff will give a comprehensive presentation and answer parent questions.  G&T Handbooks will be provided.

Manhattan, October 5, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Brandeis High School, 145 West 84th Street

Staten Island, October 6, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Lane

Queens, October 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Long Island City High School, 14-30 Broadway

Bronx, October 12, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus, 500 East Fordham Road

Brooklyn, October 18, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., MS 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center, 300 Adelphi Street

Bronx, October 19, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., P.S. 121 Throop, 2750 Throop Avenue


Things to note:

Test used is the OLSAT/Bracken, same as last year.

Kids who attend Pre K at DOE public schools are tested at their current schools.

Non-Public and Charter School Students must submit the RTF form online or to one of the Enrollment Offices listed on the back of the form by the deadline

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