Article by Nicole LaRosa
If you aren’t pleased with your local elementary school and think your child could test into one of the gifted and talented programs or schools offered in NYC, sign up is now.
Starting today, parents can request to have children in pre-K to second grade take the admissions test for gifted and talented programs for the 2012 to 2013 school year. The deadline for submitting the Request for Testing form is Oct. 28.
Children will take the test in January, with scores sent to families in April and placement offers going out in late May. The city has posted G and T handbooks for each age group that include the Request for Testing form (and a link for submitting it online), as well as some information about the program and a practice test.
BoCoCa is home to two gifted and talented programs, one in P.S. 38 and one in P.S. 32—currently in its first year. Depending on their scores, children may also be eligible for citywide G and T programs. Last year, children who scored above the 98th percentile were eligible for the citywide programs, though the NEST school, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a science, math and language school, took only kids who placed in the 99th percentile.
Parents can attend a G and T information session hosted by the city Education Department Brooklyn G and T on October 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Click here to read more and sign up.