NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


Touring of the schools completed…decision made for NYC Gifted and Talented Program

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We finished the touring of the gifted and talented program schools for NYC public schools here in District 2 in Manhattan. Overall, we were pleased with the ones we visited and our #1 choice was quite a surprise to both my wife and myself. We selected Chelsea Prep P.S. 33 who is run under the principal Linore Lindy. We didn’t get to visit all the schools in District 2 for NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program because some we were just not interested in due to location and also some friends of our visited other schools so we got an update.

Here’s why we selected Chelsea Prep:

Overall, the experience visiting Chelsea Prep was BY FAR the best of any visit we had during our NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program elementary schools in Manhattan. The staff and teachers were VERY welcoming and the principal, Linore Lindy really has a “no non-senses” type of attitude and you can tell she runs a very tight ship. I really respected her philosophy about the NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program and how she’s worked with G&T programs in the past. This coming school year 2009/10 will be the very first year Chelsea Prep will have a Gifted and Talented Program available and we’re very excited about the possiblity of our child going to this school.

When we visited P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep for the NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program we saw WELL behaved students from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. The class size at Chelse Prep P.S. 33 was very small for each of the class rooms we visited during our tour. ALL the teachers were VERY appreciative of our visit and spoke to us – we even struck up a 10 minute conversation with one of the teachers while she was waiting for a student to arrive. She was MOST complementary of the school and the principal…and it wasn’t “hype” or pretend either….you could tell she LOVED working in the school and appreciated the principals efforts. This school, based upon the test scores available at the NYC.edu site is about RESULTS! You would think that being a lower-income school in not the best area of Manhattan would produce low test scores ect. Actually, quite the opposite – even compared to our current school of P.S. 89 here in Battery Park City.

We submitted the application for schools today for the NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program for our child so we’ll see if she gets into Chelsea Prep. That’s our #1 choice. Here’s the breakdown of how we voted for our choice since you do have to prioritize:

  1. P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program
  2. P.S. 126 Jacob Augst Riis NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program
  3. P.S. 124 Yung Wing NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program
  4. P.S. 130 Hernando De Soto NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program
  5. P.S. 11 William T. Harris NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program
  6. P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program
  7. P.S. 77 Lower Lab School NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program
  8. P.S. 217 / I.S. 217 Roosevelt Island NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program

We’ll get the response back from NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program on June 15 to see which school our child got accepted to. At that point in time, we can determine if she’ll go to that school or remain in P.S. 89 here in Battery Park City. We really have a great feeling about P.S 33 Chelsea Prep and the principal is VERY responsive. Of course, being the neurotic NYC parent that I am, I’ve had SEVERAL conversations on the phone with the principal, Linore Lindy, of P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep about the NYC Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program…she’s been absolutely amazing in her response, etc. She’s made me feel more comfortable with P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep than I do with P.S. 89 where our child attends Pre-k.

On another note, check out my other blog to find awesome, fun and educational stuff for your gifted and talented child.


3 Comments so far
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I am curious: Why did you rank 124 ahead of 130? I didn’t get to see 124.

Comment by mom

We ranked P.S. 124 ahead of P.S. 130 mostly because of the transportation situation. Luckily, we live right by the M-22 bus route and this goes right by P.S. 124. Both schools are strong but our choice of P.S. 124 over P.S. 130 was mainly based on location to us and public transportation.

Comment by skipper646

thank you. i didn’t get to tour either school but heard 124 is very good. i did get to hear about 130 from the principal. sounds very nice.

Comment by mom




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