NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

New York City Parents Still Waiting on OLSAT Test Results

As of March 30, 2012  the NYC department of Ed web site still says the OLSAT test results will be sent to parents in mid-April. The site also indicates that placement decisions for gifted and talented school selection by parents need to be made by Friday, April 20 (which is only 3 short weeks at the time of this writing). Considering New York City schools have spring break starting April 6 and ending on April 15 this doesn’t give parents much time to visit district-wide and city-wide G&T programs in New York City.  I suppose we’ll see how it pans out and if the OLSAT test scores are sent to parents in time to visit schools and make their stress-filled decisions by April 20.  This really seems like it’s cutting it close but I suppose they could always extend the decision process another week to give parents a chance to make a rational decision when it comes to placing their gifted and talented child into a school for the 2012-13 school year here in NYC. If you thought prepping your child for the Otis-Lennon School Abilities test was stressful wait until you have to make a school selection and then the real waiting game begins!

Also, please note that all gifted and talented schools in the 2011-12 school year will have a G&T program next year. So if you are wanting a specific school you may want to research that the school will have a program in 2012-13. Also, some new G&T programs will start next school year that are currently not announced.

It looks like the G&T shuffle is about to begin folks! Make sure you keep up with the OLSAT test prep by practicing 100 questions you can get for free on

Keep me posted on how the school visits go and if there’s any drama. Also, if you can take photos with your phones and send the photos to me to post! Email me at


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Scores were e-mailed today. My son scored 98th overall and now we’re scrambling to figure this all out. Any advice on where to begin?

Comment by Deborah A.

We got results today. DS is in 99th percentile!

Comment by Laura

If you are interested in a free, parent led forum about the five citywide schools, please join the Parents Alliance for Citywide Education on April 17th from 7 – 8:30 pm at P.S. 20 at 166 Essex Street at Houston. Robin Aronow will be moderating and all five schools will be represented. Hope to see you there!

Comment by Joli Golden

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