Gifted & Talented
The Gifted & Talented program at P.S. 15 is an enriching, project-based and experiential learning environment that encourages discovery, creative problem-solving, and exploration across reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and the arts. We are noted for:
- Small class size
- Extraordinary teachers
- Individualized focus
- Innovative and comprehensive STEAM/STEM program
- Arts and music
- Social-emotional learning
Frequently asked questions:
What sets your program apart?
Our rich curriculum is infused with arts and a notable STEAM program, We are proud of the dedication and collegiality of our teachers, and proud of our commitment to social-emotional supports for the students. Relationships between teachers and students and between teachers and staff members are characterized by warmth and genuine interest that finds expression in respect, active listening, kindness, and pleasure in being together.
What curricula do you use?
For ELA we use Columbia University's Reading and Writing Project, Fundations (for phonics), and the Action100 framework for individualized assessment and conferring. For Math we use Pearson Investigations (this is the same program used by the Hunter College gifted school) and Context for Learning. G&T students often accomplish learning objectives rapidly and are able to delve into additional units of study or greater depth of study. Formative assessment is continual in math and ELA so that teachers know what each student has mastered and what direction new learning can take. In this way, learning is individualized and everyone is challenged. Rather than covering material quickly, we aim for depth. For example, in a non-fiction writing unit, if a student demonstrates mastery of unit goals, she may move into an independent research project and create a sophisticated presentation. In math, students may develop multiple strategies for problem solving and tackle more complex problems. It is important to us that students take pride in effort and have an appetite for constructive struggle.
How would you characterize your educational philosophy?
Our practice is a hybrid of traditional and progressive approaches. While there is content that must be learned and is appropriate for direct instruction, we also seek to empower students to inquire, to research, to make choices, to be motivated, and independent. To that end, we incorporate student-centered projects and research, and these can be group projects or independent projects. Reading includes both phonics and comprehension and students confer with teachers and read in small groups to ensure that progress is continual. In writing, students learn to draft and revise to make their work stronger and they write in all genres including narrative, information, opinion/argument, and poetry. Our math curriculum focuses on building deep mathematical understanding and students are expected to explore multiple strategies for problem-solving. We love creating cross discipline connections and bringing STEAM into our units of study. Our students come to us brimming with personality, ideas, and unique approaches to life, and our job is to regard that whole child and open up new possibilities and opportunities while also making sure that their education is grounded in fundamentals.
What is your homework policy?
Typically, homework includes 1/2 hour of reading (minimum), a reading response, plus math. We want students to use homework to practice what they are learning in class and to develop work habits, but also are mindful that afternoons and evenings can be full for many families, and students need to spend time with their families. It is expected that the work can be accomplished independently by the student.
How can I apply for your G&T program?
There will be G&T enrollment for eligible students in grades K-3. The G&T application will be open from May 31-June 13. To learn more and apply, visit
(If you have already accepted a Kindergarten offer, it will not affect your chances. You can still apply for G&T.)