The Judge Charles J. Vallone School

23-70 31st Street, Astoria, NY 11105

Telephone: 718-278-3630 Fax: 718-278-8312

Ann Gordon-Chang, Principal     Maria Samolis, Assistant Principal


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Gifted and Talented Program at PS 85

Application Process: Admissions for all New York City Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs and schools are coordinated by the New York City Department of Education (DOE). Each fall, the DOE announces what the timeline and procedures will be that year for testing, deadlines, applications and placement notification. The DOE administers the testing free of charge to determine G&T placement.

Please visit this page on the DOE website to view their G&T admissions Calendar

Applications: The DOE will notify you of your child's test result. If your child achieves a total percentile score in the 90th percentile or higher, then the DOE will send you an letter listing your local school district's G&T programs and schools, you will rank your choices and return it to the DOE. If your child achieves a total percentile score in the 97th percentile or higher, then the letter the DOE sends you will include all district's G&T programs and all the city-wide programs. You will rank all your choices in your order of preference and return it to the DOE. Please rank only the schools to which you would actually send your child! You are not penalized in any way for ranking one school above another.

Transportation is available to students in accordance with the eligibility guidelines of the OPT

Please Note: Admission to a gifted and talented program or school does not guarantee a student yellow bus transportation. Eligibility for yellow bus transportation for general education students attending gifted and talented schools and programs is based on the same criteria that apply to public school general education students as indicated above. Students attending a citywide gifted and talented school  are eligible for busing if they live in the same borough, and the route, as measured by bus stops, is no longer than five miles.


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