It is brutal out there for parents of young children. The public Gifted and Talented program and the private school entries in New York City are getting increasingly competitive, particularly for young kids. If you are serious about your child gaining admission into a top school, you must prepare your child for the appropriate tests.
Let’s look at the facts:
- Average Kindergarten acceptance rates are at an all time low of 7%. It is easier to get into Harvard than into some of the top tier private schools in New York City.
- In 2009, of the 12,454 in New York City who took the OLSAT and BSRA, the tests required by the Department of Education for entry into the Gifted and Talented program, 26% scored at or above the 90th percentile, qualifying them for this program. However, the biggest jump occurred in the number of children scoring at or above the national 97th percentile: 1,788, up from 1,345 in 2009. Those students qualify for one of the five citywide gifted programs, which have only about 300 available seats each year.
- Hunter Elementary reported the highest cut-off score for the Stanford-Binet test in the last three years, topping at 149. The sum scaled score of 149, corresponds to a 99% ranking.