Under the new program, every district in the city will have at least one gifted and talented program for third-grade students, officials said Thursday.
The top 10 percent of second-graders in each school will be invited to apply to participate. The invitation is based on their grades in the four subject areas: English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
Registration for both programs opens on May 31. Students then participate in the lottery.
Placement is determined based on district, parental preference, where siblings attend school, and seat availability. Officials hope to eventually create entry points in the fourth and fifth grades.
Several Bronx parents waited to collect their children from PS 11 Highbridge in the shade of Thursday’s afternoon sun. Many were happy to hear that the program would return, but expressed concern about the wider lack of educational resources in the congregation.
Maileng Payano, 33, who has two children, said she was in favor of student recommendations by teachers who “spend eight hours a day with them and they know them very well and who can actually participate. I think that’s pretty good.”
Pamela Ward, 38, a community liaison and mother of four, waited to pick up her son as a bunch of kids streamed in from nearby PS 126, merry with Easter tea bags.
“Many of the kids in this school are gifted and talented,” said Ms. Ward, but “they don’t bring the programs to this community, so they don’t get the same opportunities later in life.”
Her youngest is going to pre-K and, she hopes, will have the chance to participate.
“If it’s made available, I’m going to sign up my kids,” she said, adding, “Give every kid a chance.”
Téa Kvetenadze contributed reporting.