The STEM Citywide Gifted Academy at PS 85
serves students living in any of the five boroughs of New York
here for our brochure).
Open House: Only parents of children who scored
in the 98th-99th%ile may attend a
Admissions for all New York City Gifted & Talented
(G&T) programs and schools, including STEM, 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.
visit this page
on the DOE website to view their G&T
The DOE will notify you of your child's test result. If your child
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 including the
STEM program at PS85Q. You will rank all your
choices, district and city-wide, 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
is available to students in accordance with the
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.