NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


Parents mad about number of gifted and talented rejection letters

Well, it looks like there are many parents mad about the number of gifted and talented rejection letters sent out this year, even those who received scores in the 99th percentile.  According to the article in DNA Info:

  • Siblings received 72 out of the 304 spots available for the city-wide gifted and talented Kindergarten programs. With the sibling preference, the sibling only has to score in the 97th percentile to get into the city-wide and is placed ahead of the non-siblings test takers who got a 98th or even 99th percentile ranking.  This means the siblings took approximately 23% of the available seat in the city-wide G&T Kindergarten program.
  • This also means that 2,755 non-siblings now fight over the remaining 232 available spots which is approximately 8% acceptance rate.
  • The department of ed. added even more gifted and talented seats wih 10 more kindergarten sections across the city but the number of offers made to families dramatically decreased from 82.7 percent last year to 68.5 percent. This is for both city-wide and district-wide programs combined. This is also due to the fact the DOE stopped guaranteeing seats this year for any qualifying child going into Kindergarten and first grade.

To put  all of this into perspective here are the acceptance rates at the Ivy League Colleges:

Well, if these numbers aren’t scary for parents I’m not sure what is.  The good news is  sites like Testing Mom can help prepare children for the NNAT-2 test and OLSAT test for the NYC gifted and talented program.



Gifted and talented placement letters sent

Well, it looks like the DOE sent out the gifted and talented placement letters to all the anxious parents waiting for the results! From what I’m hearing there were many disappointed parents who didn’t get any placement at all – even if their talented tot made in the 99th percentile on the OLSAT and NNAT test. So, we’ll see what happens this week as more parents contact the G&T office on Monday at  (212) 374-6646.

I do find it interesting they always release information on Friday afternoon which I suppose is a good strategy to give parents a couple of days to cool down from the big disappointment if their child didn’t get a placement into the much coveted gifted and talented program here in New York City.



PS 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented Peform Annie
June 11, 2013, 11:54 am
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The kids at PS 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented third grade perform Annie for parents!

Below is the video from the last part of the Annie show with the principal, Mrs. Linore Lindy, speaking at the end of the video and acknowledging Mrs. Zimmerman, G&T teacher, for all her amazing work with the children in putting on this production. The children not only did the acting they were back-stage with no help from adults, created the set and did the entire production from soup to nuts by themselves. A real-life way they can develop organizational skills while learning more about the performing arts. It was quite a treat for the parents to see the show. Take a look for yourself (this is the last part of the show):

You can keep up with Mrs. Zimmerman’s class happening on her gifted and talented class blog.



PS 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented Field Trip to Princeton
June 5, 2013, 5:44 pm
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This May, PS 33 Chelsea Prep gifted and talented third grade took a field trip to Princeton University in New Jersey! All the students met bright and early at 8am to make the train trip to Princeton from Penn Station on 34th street.  The trip was fun filled with a day of amazing weather to accompany the children around the incredible campus.  My daughter wore here Princeton tee-shirt proudly as she’s shooting for this as her first choice for her Freshman year in college – even though it’s 10 years away!  Mrs. Zimmerman showed the students her dorm that she lived in for two years when she attended Princeton for her undergraduate degree.

The third grade gifted and talented class at PS 33 Chelsea Prep in District 2 while they visit Princeton University on a field trip in May 2013.

The third grade gifted and talented class at PS 33 Chelsea Prep in District 2 while they visit Princeton University on a field trip in May 2013.

My daughter wearing her Princeton Tiger tee-shirt during the field trip for PS 33 Chelsea Prep third grade.

My daughter wearing her Princeton Tiger tee-shirt during the field trip for PS 33 Chelsea Prep third grade.

Mrs. Zimmerman (middle) introduces two students from Princeton to the class. The Princeton students told the third grade class about their experiences at Princeton and answered many questions from the students from PS 33 Chelsea Prep G&T class.

Mrs. Zimmerman (middle) introduces two students from Princeton to the class. The Princeton students told the third grade class about their experiences at Princeton and answered many questions from the students from PS 33 Chelsea Prep G&T class.