We are grateful that the DOE has reconsidered its change in the sibling policy for the 2012 – 2013 admissions season. Please see this note from the Chancellor dated December 19, 2012. PACE’s continued goal is for adequate Citywide and G&T seats for all children who qualify.
As you prepare for your child to take the Gifted & Talented (G&T) test in 2013, I wanted to share an update about how eligible students’ applications will be processed. In October, we proposed changes to the placement process and sibling priority for G&T admissions. The proposed changes were included in the 2012-13 G&T Handbooks. Based on feedback that we received from schools and families, we are not implementing the proposed changes this year.
For 2013 admission, we will use the same process and policy used for 2012 admission. Below you will find a description of the placement process and sibling priority policy for 2013 admission:
- Eligible siblings of students currently enrolled at a school (in grades K-5 for the following September) will be placed first.
- For Citywide programs, siblings scoring at or above the 97th percentile will be placed first, by percentile rank. For district programs, siblings scoring at or above the 90th percentile will be placed first, by percentile rank. After all eligible siblings have been placed, non-sibling applicants will be placed by percentile rank.
- In any case where there are multiple students with the same sibling priority and score, and not enough seats for all of them, offers will be made based upon a random assignment process.
We will update our online handbooks to reflect the changes described above. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Enrollment at ES_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov or 718-935-2009.
We wish your child all the best.
Dennis M. Walcott
A recent letter to Chancellor Walcott was followed by over 600 letters from families protesting the proposed elimination of the sibling policy for Gifted and Talented programs. Read the letter…