NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

NYC Gifted and Talented Test Results

Well, the department of education has officially announced the NYC gifted and talented test results will be released tomorrow by 9am (Saturday, April 5, 2013).  I suppose the Saturday delivery is to give parents the weekend to digest the results and to reduce the number of angry parents calling in to the DOE.

Here’s the email that was sent to parents earlier today:

Subject: Gifted and Talented Application Update
Date: April 5, 2013 3:53:22 PM EDT

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Gifted & Talented test results will be mailed to families today. If you submitted the Request for Testing form online, you will receive an email on Saturday by 9am, which will allow you to log in to the online site ( to see your child’s results, and if eligible, begin the Gifted & Talented application for placement.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 718-935-2009.


Gentian Falstrom
Director, Elementary School Admissions


It’s nice they are sending the test results before the school tours that begin this Monday.  Next week will be crazy for all the gifted and talented schools in NYC who will now have to accomadate tens of thousands of parents wanting to tour their schools. The deadline for the application is Friday, April 19, 2013 so parents only have less than 2 weeks to figure out the best fit for their child and cross their fingers for their first choice!

With the new NNAT-2 test coming into play this year it will be interesting to find out if fewer students score in the 99th percentile compared to previous years. Stay tuned on those details.

Gifted and Talented Test Results Released This week!

NYC parents sat on the edge of their seats as they opened emails from the department of ed. to find out if their talented tot scored high enough on the OLSAT test to qualify for the much sought after gifted and talented program in New York City.  Depending on which side of the 90th percentile your child ranked will depend on the next steps and as the reality hits that your child might just be average. For the bulk of parents, the 89th percentile  and below, it’s wait until next year to see if their child can score higher to get into the gifted and talented program for 2013-14 school year. Although, rumors are flying around that the department of ed is possibly changing the criteria for admission (including the test) for next year. We’ll have to wait and see!

The issue with the OLSAT test results and scores coming out this week is well, it’s spring break! Many parents are out of town and may not even know the test scores are announced until after they return from their family trips from Florida, Hawaii, California or the Jersey shore. Gifted and Talented school tours start on Monday and it’s total panic mode for the parents who have contacted me. Sure, I get it – I’ve been there and I’m glad I’m not there again – it’s total stress and panic mode.

I have to admit, that PS 33 Chelsea Prep has their G&T tour schedule flexible enough for all the parents to attend. Here’s what they are offering for tour times this week at P.S 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented:

  • Monday, April 16       @ 9:15am
  • Tuesday, April 17       FULL
  • Wednesday, April 18  @ 6:15pm
  • Thursday, April 19      @ 6:15pm
  • Friday, April 20           @ 9:15am

The other most sought after school in district 2, Lower Lab P.S. 77 on the UES, is quite another story. Originally this week they were only having ONE school tour for parents on Wednesday night to accommodate only 400 parents. Tough luck if you were out of town for spring break or had to work that night. I suppose they assume people who would consider Lower Lab work a 9 to 5 office job with a nice boss? Not really sure of the rationale on that one. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Lower Lab did come to their senses and add another parents tour night on Thursday, April 19. I feel a little better knowing that parents who don’t have a cushy 9 to 5 job and need to make appropriate scheduling plans can do so. Here’s what was on Lower Lab’s web site earlier today:

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The NYC Gifted and Talented Process – What I Went Through Starting Last May – OLSAT Results, School Tours

If you’d like to read the beginning of the blog where the G&T adventures begins go to this link:

From OLSAT test results to G&T school tours, I’ve chronicled step by step of the process.

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