NYC DOE Gifted and Talented Information

2021 Admissions

This year, for children applying to enter programs in fall 2021, Gifted & Talented (G&T) offers will be made differently than in previous years.

  • We will not be administering a G&T test.
  • Instead, families and educators will help identify students for accelerated learning.

Who Can Participate

  • For families with children entering first, second, and third grades in fall 2021: Offers to G&T programs will be made to children from last year’s G&T waitlists. The DOE will not be accepting new applications for these seats.
  • All families with children born in 2016 who live in New York City—including those who have temporarily relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic—can participate in G&T admissions.

How to Participate:

If you would like your child who was born in 2016 to apply for kindergarten G&T programs, here’s what to do and expect this year:

1. Submit an Application

Starting March 8, you can submit a Gifted & Talented application for your child. You can apply to up to 12 programs on your child’s application. There will be two ways to apply: online with MySchools(Open external link) or through a Family Welcome Center.

2. Current Program or DOE Questionnaire

  • For children currently enrolled in pre-K programs: Once you have applied, educators from your family’s pre-K school or program will then complete a questionnaire to determine if your child is eligible to apply for a G&T seat.
  • For children NOT enrolled in pre-K programs: Once you have applied, the DOE’s Early Childhood Team will complete this questionnaire based on a short remote interview.

3. Learn if Your Child Is Eligible

Beginning in mid-May, we will notify all families who submitted an application whether or not their child is eligible to be considered for admission to G&T programs this year.

4. Understand How G&T Offers Are Made

  • All eligible children will then be considered for admission to G&T programs.
  • Some of these applicants (such as siblings of current students) will be prioritized for offers, consistent with previous policies.
  • If there are more applicants than seats available within any priority group, offers will be made within that group according to applicants’ randomly assigned numbers, as in a lottery.

5. Receive Your G&T Results 

Participating families will receive their results—which may include a G&T offer—this summer, ahead of fall 2021.