The Academy of Talented Scholars (TAOTS, P.S. 682) is a National Blue Ribbon Award winning “Choice School” in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (District 20) founded by principal Josephine Sportella-Giusto in 2009 that uses the Schoolwide Enrichment Model.

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

The TAOTS Story

Together with our parents and a highly qualified and dedicated staff we engage all of our students in rigorous learning activities, schoolwide enrichment clusters, specialty classes and tasks aligned with the common core learning standards.

Parents who make their voices heard

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TAOTS Video Channel

Classic videos and testimonials from students and staff over the years.

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Stories From Around the School

Below are a few featured posts from our
News and Classroom blogs.