Since her friends' 4-year-olds were taking the city's gifted and talented exam, Inwood mom Bridget Mills signed her son up, too. With no test prep, he scored in the 97th percentile, much to her surprise.
The Gifted and Talented, or G&T, program wasn't on her radar, Mills said, so after receiving the test results last month, she was surprised to learn that Upper Manhattan's District 6 only had one school offering a gifted class — and it didn't get stellar reviews, she said.
The city's G&T programs can differ dramatically in different districts — and even within the same school, experts said. How they're structured depends on the vision of the teacher and the dynamic of the students in the classroom. Often, but not always, the classes are accelerated. Some are homework- and worksheet-intensive; others champion more project-based and experiential learning.
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