Lower Grade Admissions

Please see the update below regarding the revised G&T Admissions process.

Update from DOE on Gifted & Talented Admissions for the 2021–22 School Year
  • A child’s pre-K teacher will then be asked to complete a questionnaire to determine if the child is eligible to be considered for a Gifted & Talented seat. 
  • Families with pre-K age children who are not enrolled in a DOE program can complete a remote interview with DOE staff who will complete the questionnaire for the child.
  • Eligible families will receive notification in May and enter the randomized lottery. Offers will be made this summer; siblings of students in schools with Gifted and Talented programs will have priority for admission, as they have previously. Similarly, schools with Diversity in Admissions initiatives will continue to implement this priority.   

Grades 1-3

  • 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. Each year the Department of Education receives far more qualified applicants than NEST+m has available seats for. 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.

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.

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.