Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Roosevelt Island Parents Learn About PS/IS 217 Gifted & Talented Program At December 14 Education Forum - Eligibility, Testing, Class Size & More Discussed

A Roosevelt Island Gifted & Talented (G&T) Education Forum

took place December 14 at PS/IS 217 presented jointly by Manhattan Community Board 8's Youth & Education and Roosevelt Island Committees.

As previously reported:
Learn about the G&T test, the G&T curriculum, school choice and options for students.

Bring your questions about the G&T test and how the curriculum differs from the regular curriculum of PS 217, and other topics.

  • Daniel Hildreth, Enrollment Director, New York City Department of Education
  • Mandana Beckman, Principal, PS/IS 217
  • G&T curriculum educators at PS/IS 217
  • Parents of students enrolled in the G&T program
Program sponsored by Roosevelt Island Residents Association, Roosevelt Island Committee and Youth and Education Committee of Manhattan Community Board 8, PS/IS 217 and the PTA of PS/IS 217.
Below is video of the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 G&T Forum.

Part 1 - NYC Department of Education Gifted & Talented Program Enrollment Director Dan Hildreth discusses and takes questions about application procedures, enrollment eligibility, testing and more.

Part 2 - More questions from parents including class size, future of program for higher grades, priority seating for district 2 families, eligibility scores, waiting lists.

Part 3 -PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman and staff describe the school's G&T program.

Part 4 - PS/IS 217 G&T teacher describes learning philosophy and Principal Beckman describes testing, transportation and waiting list process. RIRA President/CB8 Committee member Jeff Escobar praised PS/IS 217 General Education Program

More information on PS/IS 217 available at the NYC Department Of Education (DOE) web portal including 2014 -2015 School Quality Snapshot Statistics.

Also, information available at the PS/IS 217 PTA web site and previous blog posts.

NYC DOE Gifted & Talented Resources Page is here.