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

Vision & Mission


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

Remote TAOTS Community Videos

Staff Appreciation Video!

The TAOTS Parent Teacher Organization arranged to have students and families from throughout the school send messages of gratitude to our staff.

We are the World!

4th Graders sang, danced, lip synced and created artwork to share this inspiring message with the TAOTS community.

Welcome to TAOTS’ House!

The amazing TAOTS staff collaborated during the school closure to put together this video to let our students and families know much we miss them, and are thinking about when we will be together again. Enjoy!