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Coalition for Gifted Schools - New York City

In the spring of 2008, Dr. Olga Livanis, Principal of NEST+M, and Mr. Randall Collins, Director of the Hunter College Campus Schools (HCCS) and Principal of the Hunter College Elementary School (HCES), created the Coalition for Gifted Schools (NYC) with the participation of principals from P.S. 77 (Lower Lab), the Anderson School, TAG, and NEST+M. The principals discussed issues and shared resources that were of particular interest to administrators of public gifted education schools. Dr. Elissa Brown, Director, Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies facilitates the quarterly meetings of the administrators on timely issues in gifted education.

In 2009-2010, the Coalition welcomed the heads of two new private schools for gifted children, the Speyer Legacy School and the Lang School. In Fall 2010, the principal of the Queens Science, Technology, Enrichment, and Math (STEM) Academy (P.S. 85) joined the group.

The Coalition has started a program of invited speakers and plans to invite other school professionals to attend these sessions.

P.A.L. = Parents of Accelerated Learners

In Winter 2011, Ms. Angelique LeDoux started a New York City organization for parents of gifted children. The Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies as well as other university gifted departments are working with Ms. LeDoux to promote parent education.  P.A.L. is offering a series of parent workshops.

For more information, contact:

Ms. Angelique LeDoux:  (Ph.) 212-343-8881 or  (email)

The Quad Manhattan

The Quad Manhattan is  a recreational center for twice-exceptional (2e) children, intellectually gifted children with special needs, and their families. 

From the website:

At the heart of The Quad lies a belief that 2E children, if they feel “comfortable in their own skins,” are our future trendsetters and iconoclasts.  The Quad is devoted to providing a space where they are accepted and liked, quirks and all, where their gifts are celebrated and their struggles are supported invisibly while they are busy participating in fun, extracurricular activities of childhood.  While we are designed specifically for 2e kids, we welcome all children who want high level programs with truly individualized attention.  The Quad is committed to transforming 2e family life back to what it should be – wonderfully ordinary.

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