Securing a spot in the G&T program can be difficult, as the application process is increasingly competitive.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 01, 2013
The Gifted and Talented program in New York City boasts some of the best public Elementary schools in the country, offering an excellent education without a private school price tag. Last year, 92 elementary schools throughout New York City offered Gifted and Talented classes. Securing a spot in the G&T program can be difficult, as the application process is increasingly competitive. Of the 36,000 students that took the test in 2013, just 1,363 scored the 99th percentile required to earn as spot in the most coveted schools.
The Bright Kids NYC Gifted and Talented 1-on-1 Bootcamp is a budget-friendly package designed to prepare students for the OLSAT® and NNAT®2. It includes an initial diagnostic, tutoring sessions, a progress test, and books to continue the learning at home. The bundle package offers up to a 30% discount off buying each service and publication separately. There are extensive scheduling options, including slots available 7 days a week at all three of our Manhattan locations.
The Gifted and Talented 1-on-1 Bootcamp also boasts outstanding past results. Last year, 94% of 1-on-1 Bootcamp participants qualified for G&T programs and 49% scored in the 99th percentile. In addition, the program offers individualized curriculum and tutoring that is tailored to your child’s needs. Students are evaluated using a diagnostic exam during the first session and a customized curriculum is written. A diagnostic write-up and written session reports are available at any time through our online portal.
The NNAT®2 is a nonverbal measure of ability. Since the test does not require knowledge of English, it provides culturally neutral evaluation of reasoning, mathematics, and problem-solving skills. The NNAT®2 Level A given for Kindergarten contains questions including pattern completion, reasoning by analogy, serial reasoning, and spatial visualization.
The NNAT®2 is paired with the OLSAT®, a school achievement test meant to assess a student’s ability to cope with school learning tasks. Only the verbal section of the OLSAT® is administered, and includes questions that challenge a student to follow directions, visualize situations, and complete math word problems. The OLSAT® can be taken in a number of languages, including Mandarin, Spanish, and Arabic, allowing flexibility for ESL students.
The NYC Department of Education combines the NNAT®2 and OLSAT® scores to create an overall score on the Gifted and Talented Exam that is used to determine placement into G&T programs. With the change from the BSRA® to the NNAT®2 for the 2013 exam, coupled with the OLSAT® being offered in several languages, verbal ability or knowledge are no longer required to qualify for a G&T program. While the addition of the NNAT®2 will likely drop the number of students scoring in the 99th percentile, it will even the playing field for students whose English is not as strong, and provide a better measure of raw intellectual ability.