Roosevelt Islander Online: Roosevelt Island PS 217 Kindergarten Gifted & Talented Program Getting 25 More Seats

NYC Mayor Eric Adams
announced last Tuesday that applications for expanded NYC Department Of
Education (DOE)
Gifted & Talented
program seats will open Tuesday, May 31. According to this
May 24 NYC Mayor’s Office Press Release

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Education
(DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks today announced that applications for the
expanded kindergarten and third grade Gifted & Talented programs will
open next Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

“By expanding our Gifted & Talented program to all New York City
districts, we are giving every young person an opportunity to grow, to
learn, to explore their talents and imagination, and we are making sure no
child is left behind,” said Mayor Adams. “Working with families, teachers,
and community leaders, we were able to make this expansion happen, and now
students from every school district will be able to access a Gifted &
Talented program.”

“Family and community engagement is critical to the success of our students
and of this program,” said Chancellor Banks. “Thank you to our
superintendents, community leaders, and families for working together with
us to ensure there is access to the Gifted & Talented program in every
community. We are also grateful to our pre-K teachers for undertaking this
enormous effort to ensure that each and every student is screened for this

Roosevelt Island’s PS 217

will be among the schools with an expanded kindergarten
Gifted & Talented program. I asked the
NYC Department of Education

How many additional seats will be available for the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217
Kindergarten Gifted and Talented Program

A DOE spokesperson replied:

25 seats.

CBS New York has more on the Gifted and Talented program 

 and application process.

I asked PS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman and the school’s PTA for comment on
the expanded Roosevelt Island Kindergarten Gifted & Talented program but
have not received a reply yet. Will update with any new info.

More info on NYC Gifted & Talented program here.



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