Membership in the National Society for the Gifted & Talented™ (NSGT) is open to high ability learners who crave exciting learning opportunities, search for challenging ways to develop talents, and hope to interact with other creative and talented peers.
NSGT invites parents to sponsor their children who are currently ages 5 through 17 for membership. Parents can select one of the following ways to confirm their child’s eligibility:
Type I Eligibility: Academic/Achievement/ Intellectual Route
- Students who have scored at the 95th percentile or above in at least one of the major content areas or ability sections of a nationally-normed standardized test. For a list of recognized tests, please click here. State criterion referenced tests will be accepted only in cases where scaled score equivalents are provided and where the student scores correlate to a state percentile greater than or equal to 95. Test scores must be current within the previous two years.
- Students who have scored in the gifted range on the PSAT, SAT, ACT or SSATB.
- Students who have been selected to participate in Academic Talent Searches based on nationally normed standardized achievement tests, or who have scored in the gifted range on Talent Search tests
- Students who have been identified as gifted and/or who have participated successfully in a local or school gifted program.
- Students who have scored at least two standard deviations above the mean, or at the 95th percentile level or higher on any individual or group-administered, nationally-normed, standardized, intelligence assessment.
- Submit two letters of recommendation – one letter from an educator familiar with the student’s academic and performance record, and one letter from a parent describing the child’s talents and abilities.
Type II Eligibility: Route for Demonstrating Eligibility in Creative Thinking Behaviors
- An overall or subtest score at the 95th percentile or above on a nationally normed creative thinking test, such as the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT); Figural or Verbal forms.
- Submit two letters of recommendation from educators familiar with the student’s creative performance and potential in academic areas.
- School and member directory – The school database contains gifted programs registered with the U.S. Department of Education and our current database, which is updated yearly. The second largest database is our active NSGT member listing, primarily used for member networking. Both are national databases.
- Membership certificate affirming the student as being among the most highly able students in the country.
- Scholarships – Each year NSGT raises scholarship money for its members for projects or programs students wish to attend such as Summer Institute for the Gifted, online programs, science projects, etc.
- Sponsor a student. Parents may sponsor other gifted and talented students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Also, families and friends of NSGT members are invited to support the society with a charitable contribution.
- Discounts: to products and services appealing to gifted and talented students
- National and state scholarship Information: NSGT has gathered this information in one convenient location accessible through the member portal.
- Educational resources: a compiled list of resources to help you connect with others in the gifted community.
- Problem Based Learning challenge questions: Members will have access to PBL challenges related to current events. We’ll e-mail you to let you know when a new challenge is available on your portal and your child can decide to participate on not.
- There will be a $10 fee reduction for each additional child in the same family.
- Students who are eligible for free or reduced-fee lunch pay a $35 fee.
- There are also a limited number of sponsored memberships available for children receiving free or reduced lunch at their school. Please contact NSGT for details.