TAOTS (PS682), a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Award recipient, is a choice school in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn that incorporates the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Watch how our Enrichment Clusters build out of student interests:

Vision & Mission


At The Academy of Talented Scholars our goal is to nurture personal talents and instill a passion for lifelong learning while inspiring all students to become productive and conscientious citizens. The Schoolwide Enrichment Model will enable all children to explore their interests and discover individual areas of expertise. A creative learning environment will foster respect, confidence, and critical thinking skills through Inquiry and Project-based learning.

With the collaborative efforts of a highly dedicated and qualified staff, we strive for all of our students to meet and exceed academic standards. We believe in establishing strong partnerships between parents and the community in order to enhance student learning and experiences. In a safe and supportive environment, all students will achieve academic, social, and emotional success.

Read more about Principal Sportella-Giusto and our special programs

Parents: Make your Voices Heard!

Come to the next Parent Teacher Organization meeting and get involved in the service of our students!

Upcoming Meetings

The Inside Perspective

Videos created by or developed with guidance from TAOTS students & staff create an authentic window into the school for students, teachers and parents.

Classic Videos

“(When I watch the documentary on our school) …even though I go to this school, I WANT TO GO! I WANT TO GO!” – 5th grader, Highlights Video 2013-2016
“it’s wonderful to see them (students in enrichment clusters) find their strengths and share their strengths with one another” – Teacher, 2016 Enrichment Clusters Video
“TAOTS is my second home.” “TAOTS has made me a better person” – 5th graders, 2016 Graduation Student Memoir Video
“(Principal Sportella) does everything so we would be happy.” – 5th grader, 2016 Principal Appreciation Video
“It’s a treat to have a principal who puts together a staff of people that feel so nurtured…  mapping out places that we flourish and supporting us.” -Teacher, 2015 Josephine Sportella’s Testimonials Video