Should I test my daughter for the gifted and talented program?

Ashlie - posted on 04/25/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )




Hi, I live in NYC and just recently learned of the Gifted and Talented program. I dont really know much about it at all actually, but it seemed to catch my eye. I do think my daughter (age 4) is pretty smart for her age and I get told a lot by strangers as well. I just wanted some more info on it and if anyone has has a good or bad experience. What are the pros and cons. Thanks in advance!


View replies by

Sarah - posted on 05/24/2017




this is a really old post. I will say as a school nurse, being smarter than your peers is not a reason to grade up or go into a gifted program. There are many ways to challenge a child outside of school and I'd do that, get her into music, art and reading and let her hand out with a diverse groups of peers. The GT program (we call it SWAS) is a bunch of bright kids with even more competitive parents. I think the whole program is more for the parents than the kids. We follow these kids thru college and they don't really end up any more advance then typical high achievers in the regular curriculum.

Andrea - posted on 05/24/2017




When some of our students went through a phase where parents wanted to test them to see if they could place into the GT programs we used Beestar to prepare the students. The students felt mentally prepared which eliminated the stress on them for performing out of the norm. We really liked the program from Beestar since students were able to feel prepared and ready.

Jodi - posted on 04/26/2014




I can't say, because I've never been involved, but "gifted and talented" is much more than just "smart for her age". For instance, is she so extremely far advanced in an area of think or an area of talent that she stands out, by a lot, from her peers?

Gena - posted on 04/26/2014




I dont know anything about that program.You said you dont know much about it aswell,i would say do some research what its all about.Inform yourself and then go from there,if its something that would be good for your daughter then do it.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms