NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

Meet Chelsea Prep’s new interim principal
July 27, 2015, 4:46 pm
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Here’s the letter that the new interim principal of PS 33 Chelsea Prep who replaced Mrs. Lindy who recently retired from the NYC Dept. of Ed.


Dear Families:

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the Interim Acting Principal of PS 33 Chelsea Prep. I am honored to join you in continuing the legacy of success established at Chelsea Prep.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than thirteen years. I have proudly served as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal in the NYC Department of Education. My experiences in early childhood, gifted and talented, and dual language programs have enabled me to understand the unique needs of diverse learners and supporting conditions that allow them to thrive as individuals. This appreciation is also fueled by my energetic and free-spirited 16-month old daughter, Lianna. Like all of my students, Lianna reminds me each and every day the amazing curiosity and limitless potential young minds possess.

Through a close partnership with you, I look forward to continuing the focus on character education, fostering a nurturing environment, and enhancing instruction that challenges, enriches, and engages our students to maximize their academic, social, emotional and physical potential. I am confident with our collective commitment, expertise and shared leadership, we will provide the students of Chelsea Prep the best education and foundation in preparing them to be strategic thinkers, life-long learners, and world class citizens ready to master the challenges of the 21st Century.

I will be available Tuesday, July 14th through Thursday, July 16th, from 10am-12pm. Please feel free to stop in and say hello. You can also reach me via email at at any time to set up an appointment.

As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” I look forward to serving the Chelsea Prep Community and collaborating with each of you as we work together towards greater success.

In partnership,  Cindy Wang Principal, I.A.

Start preparing for the NYC gifted and talented test

Well, it’s time to start preparing for the NYC gifted and talented test even though school starts in September. So far, there have been no changes announced by the Dept. of Ed to the testing process and procedures for this upcoming testing season in January-February 2016.   Here are some quick and dirty stats as of the time of this writing:

  • 70,000 seats in standard-track gen-ed kindergarten classrooms; 2,700 seats in G&T programs* (appx. 250 seats are available for Citywide programs – this is for non-siblings).
  • Admission based solely on the test score (for NNAT-2 test and OLSAT test). The NNAT test has 48 questions and the OLSAT has 30 non-verbal questions. Each test accounts for 50% of the child’s overall score. The two tests are administered at the same time with the NNAT non-verbal first then the OLSAT verbal section.
  • In Jan.-Feb. 2015 almost 38,000 students from pre-K to 2nd grade took the NYC gifted and talented test.
  • Pre-K students do not need to fill in bubble sheet – only point to the correct answer.
  • Kindergarten to 2nd grade take test at school if in public school. No testing in 3rd to 5th grade.
  • Once in gifted program, no re-testing necessary each year through 5th grade. Middle school is entirely different story.
  • If your pre-K child is testing for the G&T continue with your registration for general ed. kindergarten at your local public school. Do the two processes concurrently.
  • Important note: G&T curriculum varies from program to program – even at the district level. There is no standard G&T curriculum in NYC so make sure you check with other parents who have kids in the program to get as much information as you can about their curriculum and how it varies (if at all) compared to the general ed classrooms. Some vary,  some don’t so do your homework!

If you’re looking for more in-depth guide on the New York City Gifted and Talented Program there’s a well written guide from the folks at Testing Mom for only five dollars. The best deal around.

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New Principal at PS 33 Chelsea Prep
July 13, 2015, 4:43 pm
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Well, the era of Mrs. Lindy has come to an end as principal of the NYC G&T program at PS 33 Chelsea Prep in District 2.  She took a once failing school from zero to hero in her 10 years at the school launching the G&T program in 2009-2010 school year with just 14 students that has turned into over 300+ students in the gifted program at the school. Congrats to Mrs. Lindy as she retires and is able to spend more time with her family.  The new interim principal will be Cindy Wang. She will be holding Open Office Hours from Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 through Thursday, July 16th, from 10am-12pm at PS 33 at 9th Ave. and 26th Street.

Here’s a nice tribute poem for Mrs. Lindy written by the PTA from PS 33:

The time has come to say goodbye
10 years have passed – yes – time does fly

A principal of epic style
Always going the extra mile

Never a sick day, never to rest
Always striving to make Chelsea Prep best

Grants and donation she was always seeking
Of bettering our world she was always speaking

From Highline to hoedown all the year through
Whitney, Hudson Guild, Audubon too

Teaching the children compassion and empathy
In September our school may seem so empty

True – in our hearts she will always endure
Missing her though – we will – for sure

Our final words of thanks won’t suffice
Our gratitude – we say more than thrice

Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you again
Administrator, teacher and most of all friend

Your hard work and dedication will always be treasured
A principal and woman truly beyond measure

With love and appreciation, The PS33 Family