If you’re considering a G&T school for your child, be sure to attend an open house this Fall or in the Spring. They fill up fast so check with the individual schools as soon as possible. This list is meant to be a starting point, and many other districtwide schools offer G&T programs and each has its own open house policy.


The Lang School  212.977.7777

OPEN HOUSE: MONDAY  October 15–  6 -7:30 PM

Come see what’s new at The Lang School in our spacious, state-of-the-art space at
11 Broadway on Monday , October 15th from 6:00 — 7:30 pm.

Ours is a unique and supportive learning environment for our gifted/L/C (learning challenged), or twice exceptional students. Founder/Head of School Micaela Bracamonte will provide a program overview, and school leadership & staff will lead a Q&A session.

The Speyer Legacy School  212. 581-4000 Ext. 11

Fall Open House Evenings for Prospective Parents  – Grades K – 5:
Wednesday, October 17th,
|Thursday, October 25th,
Thursday, November 8th,
Wednesday, November 14th

For ALL Parents: To reserve a place in one of the Open Houses, please fill out an INQUIRY form Online Inquiry and then contact Carrie Berger Rosenthal, Admissions Associate, at or call (212) 581-4000 Ext. 11.

St. Ann’s, Brooklyn718.522-1660

Schedule a Tour-
Lower School tours are for parents only.
Tours, which last about two hours, will begin in late September and continue through January. You may schedule a tour at any point in the process by calling our office at 718-522-1660, extension 313 or contacting us by email.
All Lower School tours begin in our Kindergarten facility, located at 124 Henry Street, between Clark Street and Pierrepont Street.

Kaufman Center’s Special Music School   212.501.3390

Open House Meeting dates during the 2012 – 2013 academic year are as follows:

October 3 for grades K-8
November 7 for grades K-8
December 5 for grades K-8
January 9 for grades K-8

Each Information Session is scheduled from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. They will all be held in the Molly Goodman Gallery, on the second floor of Kaufman Center, at 129 West 67th Street. You will have an opportunity to learn about the academic and music programs offered at the School. Unfortunately, we cannot offer tours unless your child is accepted into the School. The Information Session is an informational meeting for parents only; no childcare is provided. You will not need a reservation to attend.

Hunter College Elementary School

from their site:

Visiting HCES –There will be five open houses where families can get a taste of HCES life and have questions answered by administrators, teachers, and current parents. Only two people may attend for each applicant. Daytime visits are reserved for those families offered admission or places on the wait list. There is no childcare available at the open houses. Information about attending an open house will be in your application confirmation.

Day-time visits to the school are scheduled for parents of children who are offered admission or placement on the waiting lists only. Parents of admitted children will be able to see classes in session and meet the principal and other staff before returning the enrollment papers for their child. We regret that we cannot accommodate all who are interested in seeing the school in action.

The Admissions Office is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00am-4:00pm and Wednesday from 9:00am-12:00pm. We are closed on Fridays.

Far more children seek admission to the Hunter College Elementary School than can be accommodated. Our process is solely for selecting children for admission to our small school. Many, many children who do not progress to Round 2 or are not offered admission are intellectually gifted.

To apply, go to and follow the instructions there.

Citywide Schools: most are in the Spring, but check with each school directly to confirm procedures

QUICK REFERENCE provided by PACE, The Parents’ Alliance for Citywide Education, provides facts about each citywide G&T school

More information regarding their individual programs, admissions, and open houses are available on their respective websites.

The STEM Academy- PS85Q The STEM Citywide Gifted Academy at PS 85 serves students living in any of the five boroughs of New York City

Open House: Only parents of children whose combined scores are in the 98th-99th percentile may attend the Open House.


Dates and registration for the Lower School Open Houses TBA.

Test Scores & Application: Mid April 2013
In April 2013, you will receive your child’s test score by mail. Students who score at or above the 97th percentile are eligible for a spot at NEST+m, but they are not guaranteed one. If your child scores at or above the 97th percentile, you will receive an application along with your score in which you are asked to choose from a list of G&T programs and rank them in order of preference. If NEST+m is your first choice, rank it as number 1. This application is due to the DOE on April 19, 2013.

Sibling Policy
Siblings of NEST+m students who score at or above the 97th percentile will receive a placement as long as their sibling is currently in grades K–4 and there are seats available in the grade they are applying for.

DOE School Placement: Week of May 20, 2013
During the week of May 21,2012, you will receive a letter from the DOE with your school placement. The DOE determines this placement based on a combination of factors, including available seats, your child’s percentile rank, your preferences, and sibling priority. At this point you may accept or decline your school placement.

Week of June 3, 2013
Deadline for families to accept/decline placement offers.

Talented & Gifted School for Young Scholars-TAG

Our schedule for next year’s tours will be posted in late 2012.

Brooklyn School of Inquiry (BSI)

The Anderson School

from the Anderson website

The Anderson School does not select any students for its Kindergarten-3rd grade classrooms. Admissions for all New York City Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs and schools, including Anderson’s elementary grades, is coordinated by the New York City Department of Education (DOE). Each fall, the DOE announces what the time line and procedures will be that year for testing, deadlines, applications and placement notification. The DOE administers the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) free of charge to determine G&T placement for Kindergarten – 3rd grade. The Department of Education publishes a G&T Program Test Information Handbook each year, which explains everything about the G&T admissions process and includes sample test questions that you should review with your child. You can get updates about the G&T admissions process delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for the Department of Education’s Gifted and Talented Admissions email newsletter.

If you are new to the NYC public schools (moving to NYC or switching from a NYC private school) please read this page before you continue!

The Five Step Admissions Process
Age Requirements:
Kindergarten If you are interested in enrolling your child in any New York City Gifted and Talented Kindergarten class, you must begin the admissions process below in the fall of the calendar year in which your child turns four years old. In other words, children born on ANY date in 2008 will begin Kindergarten in the fall of 2013, so they must begin the admissions process in the fall of 2012.
Children born in 2007 – the DOE will NOT place children born in 2007 into a G&T Kindergarten class; those children must apply to first grade for fall 2013. The tests used for Kindergarten and 1st grade G&T admissions are normed (scored/compared) according to age and not grade.
Grades 1, 2 or 3 If you are interested in applying to grades 1, 2 or 3, you must begin the admissions process below in the fall of your child’s Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade school year.

STEP 1: You File the Request for Testing Form by Friday, November 9, 2012.
You must ask the Department of Education to administer the free testing to your child by filling out the Request for Testing Form. You may fill out your Request for Testing Form online here. Submitting online is the recommended method (remember to print a receipt!) Parents who complete the form online are notified about test results and school placement earlier than those who submit a hard copy. (That is an advantage in the spring, when you may want to tour the schools to which you are eligible to apply. You may need to register for tours immediately, as tours at many schools tend to fill up quickly.)

The Department of Education’s G&T Program Test Information Handbook explains everything about the G&T admissions process. It includes sample questions that you should review with your child, as well as a hard copy of the Request for Testing Form. The handbooks can be downloaded here for children born in 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005. Keep this handbook until next June – you will need to refer to it! Handbooks are also available in hard copy at all Borough Enrollment Offices and include a hard copy of the Request for Testing form. If you submit a hardcopy of the form, remember to get a receipt!

Again, all Request for Testing Forms must be submitted by Friday, November 9, 2012.

STEP 2: Your Child is Tested
After you have submitted your Request for Testing form, the DOE will arrange a time for your child to be tested. Testing usually takes 1 to 1-1/2 hours. (Any problems with the tester or the test site must be reported to the DOE within 48 hours after your child takes the test. Do not wait until the scores are reported.)
If your child is currently enrolled in a non-DOE school in grades Pre-K – 2, in a DOE Pre-K, or in no Pre-K or nursery school at all, testing will take place on a weekend day in January or early February, 2013 at a public school in the Community School District in which your child lives. The DOE will contact you with the exact time and place.
If your child currently attends a DOE school in grades Kindergarten – 2, he or she will be tested at his or her school during the regular school day between January 7 – February 8, 2013.

STEP 3: You are Notified of the Test Score
In April, the DOE will notify you of your child’s test result. If your child achieves a score high enough to qualify for G&T placement, an application will be included. If your child’s score doesn’t meet the minimum eligibility, then your child can test again next year.

STEP 4: You Rank Your School Choices
If your child achieved a total score in the 90th – 96th percentile or higher, then your child is eligible to apply to District G&T programs. The DOE will provide an application with your choices preprinted on it. You will rank your choices on the application in order of your preference and return it to the DOE. Placement will be determined by the DOE based on composite scores within each percentile.
If your child achieves a total percentile score in the 97th percentile or higher, then your child is eligible to apply for District G&T programs as well as all the citywide G&T schools, including The Anderson School, if you wish. The DOE will provide an application preprinted with all your choices on it.
Anderson will hold evening Open House events in the spring, directly following the release of student test scores. Our administration highly recommends that you attend one of these events before ranking our school on your application. Please go to our Visiting Grades K-5 page to find out about visiting our school in the spring.
You will rank the schools on the application in your order of preference. The DOE now encourages families only to apply to schools to which they would be willing to attend. Do NOT send the application to our school. There is no guarantee of a G&T placement, even if you rank all of the available choices on your application. All applications must be returned to the DOE following the instructions they provide.

STEP 5: The DOE Makes Placement Offers
The DOE will notify you in May if your child is offered a seat in a G&T program or school. There is no appeals process.

School Visits
Please go to our Visiting Grades K-5 page to find out about visiting our school in the spring.

We cannot schedule visits to our school in the fall, due to the large numbers of parents interested. Holding our events in the spring allows us to accommodate the parents who will actually be eligible to apply to our school, as well as saving many parents the time, trouble and babysitting expense of a visit in the fall, when our school may not even be an option for them in the spring.

Information about visiting our school will not be posted here until we know the definite date that the score reports will be released to parents, probably mid-April, 2013.

If you have read this page and visited the Department of Education’s website and still have questions about the application process, contact Anderson’s Parent Coordinator, Marcie Shaw: . Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff to handle all of our admissions phone calls – thank you for understanding.

Districtwide Schools with G&T Classes (see link)

PS77 Lower Lab

PS33- Chelsea Prep

Tours of Chelsea Prep are conducted throughout the school year. The tours are conducted by the school administration. Meet in the school lobby, enter through the main entrance on Ninth Avenue and 27th Street.

A more extensive list of District programs is available here.

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