The Gifted and Talented program identifies and supports exceptional students in kindergarten through 5th grade.

If your child is currently in pre-K through second grade, you can participate in the Gifted and Talented admissions process.

Gifted and talented students are identified through a rigorous testing process. If your child passes the test, you are eligible to apply for Citywide and District Gifted and Talented programs. Students are not guaranteed a placement in a program.

  • Citywide Gifted and Talented Programs accept students from all boroughs and all students in the school attend the program. Students must get an overall score of 97% or above to be eligible to apply for Citywide programs.
  • District Gifted and Talented Programs are located within district elementary schools from kindergarten to fifth grade. Students must get an overall score of 90% or above to be eligible to apply for District programs.

Before your child can take the exam, you must submit a Request for Testing (RFT) form in person or online at The deadline to submit the RFT for the 2020-2021 school year is November 12, 2019.

Learn more about Gifted and Talented Programs.

Call 311 for assistance by phone.

For Gifted and Talented programs in the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Early October: Request for Testing (RFT) sign up begins.
  • November 12: Deadline for submitting the RFT form.
  • January: Gifted and Talented testing takes place.
  • April: Test results available. If your child gets an eligible score, you will also get a Gifted and Talented Application.
  • April: Deadline to submit the Gifted and Talented Application.
  • June: Decision letters sent to families and deadline to accept or decline program offers.

The exams are available in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Arabic 
  • Bengali
  • Haitian Creole (Kreyol)
  • Russian
  • Urdu

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