Lower School Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Lower School at NEST+m, a citywide Gifted & Talented program. Admission to the Lower School at NEST+m is based on your child's score on the assessments given by the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to New York City residents and are used for admission to all Gifted & Talented programs throughout New York City. Testing is offered for placement in Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade. Please see the admissions process listed below.

Sarah Liogys, Lower School Admissions



Request For Testing (RFT) 
Complete a Request For Testing Form. These can be found in the New York City Gifted & Talented Program Test Information Handbook available at the DOE Website or at your local Borough Enrollment Office. If your child is currently a public school student, you may pick up a handbook (which also includes an OLSAT practice test and answers to frequently asked questions) at his or her school.

RFT Filing Deadline: November 7, 2014
Submit the RFT form, you may do so online, at your local Borough Enrollment Office or, if your child is currently enrolled in public school, at your child's school.

Gifted & Talented Admissions Calendar: 
Shortly after the DOE receives your form, they will contact you with your child's testing site, date, and time. If you submit your RFT form online, you will receive this information both by email and USPS mail. If you submit a paper application, you'll receive it only via USPS mail. 

• Current public school students: Testing will take place between January -  February. Your school will let you know your child's test date; children will be tested at their school at some point during the school day.
• Children who are not currently enrolled in public school: Testing will take place on date TBA at various testing sites throughout the city.

Test Scores & Application: TBA
In April 2015, you will receive your child's test score by mail. Students who score at or above the 97th percentile are eligible for a spot at NEST+m, but they are not guaranteed one. If your child scores at or above the 97th percentile, you will receive an application along with your score in which you are asked to choose from a list of G&T programs and rank them in order of preference. If NEST+m is your first choice, rank it as number 1. This application is due to the DOE on TBA.

Sibling Policy
Siblings of NEST+m students who score at or above the 97th percentile will receive a placement as long as their sibling is currently in grades K–4 and there are seats available in the grade they are applying for.

DOE School Placement: Date TBA
During the week of __TBA______, you will receive a letter from the DOE with your school placement. The DOE determines this placement based on a combination of factors, including available seats, your child's percentile rank, your preferences, and sibling priority. At this point you may accept or decline your school placement.

Date TBA
Deadline for families to accept/decline placement offers.