Gifted & Talents Options

In New York City, we often take for granted the resources at our disposal: the museums, the opera, the performances-Broadway, children’s theater and more. From circus classes to veterinarian programs for animal lovers, New Yorkers have thought of everything for kids. Even our schools offer specialized programs for children, but filtering through the most appropriate program for your child can be overwhelming, and P.A.L. is here to help.

If you are in the NYC area, join Jade’s ToyBox and P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners]on October 25, 2011 and learn more about the G&T school options available throughout New York City.

The NYC Gifted & Talented Process: Admissions & Testing for Public & Private Schools

 Whether you’re set on Hunter, private, city-wide, district-wide or your local public school, don’t miss P.A.L. partners Karen Quinn, the best-selling author of the Ivy Chronicles and Testing for Kindergarten, along with NYC Gifted and Talented parent expert Michael McCurdy, as they share advice and insider secrets to get your child into the school of your choice.

Topics will include a general understanding of the tests required for the various G&T programs including the ERB/WPPSI, OLSAT, BRSA & the Stanford Binet. Karen and Michael will discuss the 7-Abilities every test assesses and your child must have to succeed in kindergarten and beyond; public and private school processes and procedures, timelines and deadlines. This is a not-to-be-missed session for all parents exploring kindergarten options in NYC!

Guest speakers: Karen Quinn & Michael McCurdy


Karen Quinn is the author of “Testing For Kindergarten” and co-founder of She co-founded Smart City Kids, one of the first consulting services in NYC to help parents find the best public or private school for their child. Two of her novels, including “The Ivy Chronicles,” were optioned for feature films. 

*Karen’s books will be on hand for sale and autographing.

Michael McCurdy known to many as the “Testing Dad,” is co-founder of, and informs parents how to effectively navigate the NYC G&T system through his popular NYC Gifted and Talented Blog. He and his family live in New York City where his daughter attends P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented Program in District 2 in Manhattan.

For more information contact Angelique LeDoux at 212.343.8881, or email ;

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