blue20ribbon20logo2PS 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

TAOTS Video Channel

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

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