Lower Grade Admissions

G&T Admissions process for 2021-2022

The application period for Fall 2021 has closed.
Families who submitted a kindergarten Gifted & Talented (G&T) application have been notified of their child’s eligibility which will determine if they will be considered for placement in a G&T program. There is no immediate action families must take at this point in the process, and there is no appeals process.
Later this summer families will receive their child’s G&T application results. Families can reach out to ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov if there are questions about admissions.
  • Want to learn more? Visit schools.nyc.gov/GT. Still have questions? Call us at 718-935-2009.
  • If you are new to NYC, you must contact a Family Welcome Center to find out about enrolling your student in public school.

Grades 1-3

  • NEST+m will make waitlist offers in July.
  • Placement for grades 1, 2, and 3 will rely on waitlists from 2020. Families who were waitlisted last year do not need to do anything to be considered for the next grade. K-2 waitlists will be used to place students in grades 1-3 for Fall 2021. Schools will receive their waitlists from the Office of Enrollment in May/June.
  • We do not admit students into 4th or 5th grade.

Please stay tuned and check this webpage frequently for updates.

Please visit the NYC Department of Education Gifted & Talented webpage for more information.

Our school is NOT AFFILIATED with the NEST Autism Spectrum Disorders Program at NYU. Please visit the NEST ASD webpage for more information.

Open House Information

Please visit our Virtual Tours webpage.

Applying to NEST+m for Grades K – 3

Thank you for your interest in attending NEST+m. Placement into Grades K – 3 at NEST+m is handled, in full, through the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Gifted and Talented Enrollment.

How to Apply

You can submit your child’s G&T application one of three ways:

  • Online with MySchools.nycNeed help setting up your account? We’ll walk you through the process in this video.
  • Through a Family Welcome Center—learn how at schools.nyc.gov/FWC.
  • By phone at 718-935-2009

On your application, add up to 12 G&T programs you’d like your child to attend. Be sure to list them in your true order of preference, with your first choice at the top as #1. Complete any questions, check your child’s information for accuracy, and submit your application: when you see the confetti, you’ll know we’ve received it!

After You Apply

  • After you submit your G&T application, your child’s current pre-K program (if they currently attend pre-K) will then complete a questionnaire to confirm your child’s eligibility for G&T.  Or, if your child does not currently attend pre-K, our Early Childhood Team will contact you to schedule a virtual interview and then complete this questionnaire. 
  • In the spring, we’ll contact all families who applied to let you know if your child is or isn’t eligible for G&T seats. Then all eligible children will be considered for admission.
  • In the summer, families of eligible children will receive G&T results letters, which may include an offer and/or waitlist information.
  • Please note:No applicants will be tested this year for G&T admissions, and this year’s application process is only for children entering Kindergarten this fall. G&T offers for children entering first, second, or third grade will be made from last year’s waitlists. 

Test Scores

Historically, the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Gifted and Talented Enrollment has only offered seats to applicants with an overall G&T percentile rank in the 99th percentile (except siblings of current NEST+m students). Although children who scored at or above the 97th percentile are eligible to apply to NEST+m, and their parents will see our name as an option on their applications, the chance of being offered a seat in grades K – 3 with a composite score on the G&T test of 97% or 98%, is highly unlikely. Please see webpages listed below for more information:

Registration Information

If your child receives an offer to attend NEST+m, you will receive an email to schedule a registration appointment. Visit this link to learn what documents to bring to Registration.
You can get a head start on the paperwork; print and fill out these documents at home and bring them with you to your registration appointment.

Please visit our Registration page to complete the necessary forms:

  • Student Information Form
  • Housing Questionnaire
  • Federal Parent/Guardian Student Ethnic & Race Identification
  • Language Preference Form
  • Child & Adolescent Health Examination Form
  • Media Consent
  • Family Income Inquiry Form
  • Classroom Supplies Fund


Students who live in Manhattan below 93rd st, and are in grades K-6, MAY be eligible for free yellow bus transportation. 

There were also parent-organized (paid) bus routes for students in grades K-12 who live in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. These routes were suspended due to the pandemic. Once most students are back in person, these routes MIGHT be reinstated. Visit the Transportation webpage for more information.

It is too early to determine if either of these options are available for September 2021. We cannot respond to any transportation questions until mid-summer 2021. Please assume that you will need to make transportation arrangements for your child to travel back and forth to school.

All students who do not ride the public yellow bus will be issued a student Metrocard.


Helpful links for families of accepted students

If you are a new family it is very important to sign up for PTA Connect because we use this email list to send important school announcements.

Right of Return

If your student is discharged from NEST+m and wants to return, that request must be made within the school year. The request will be considered only if there is an available seat.


See the Chancellor's Regulation A-1010, page 17, which outlines the policy for students of citywide G&T programs.