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Gifted and Talented Programming

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Continuum of Services
  • Academic Enrichment Programs:
    • Honors Math for 8th Grade Students- Algebra 1
    • Makerspace 
    • Robotics 
    • The Leader In Me 
    • iReady Reading and Math Enrichment Program 
    • Students2Science 
    • Academic Progress Club
  • Visual and Performing Arts Enrichment Programs:
    • Teen Arts
    • Gold Band, Jazz Band
    • Intramurals/Clubs:  kayaking, archery, rock wall climbing, chess club, yearbook, podcast club, improv club
  • Social and Emotional Enrichment Programs:
    • The Leader in Me
    • The Leader in Me Student Leadership Teams 
    • Friendship Club
    • Afterschool Boys Support Group
    • Afterschool Girls Support Group
    • Best Choice Mentoring Events, Book Club & Virtual Character Education Assemblies
    • The League of Gentlemen


The enrichment needs of gifted and talented pupils can be met through a wide variety of activities and teaching strategies.  Appropriate curricular and instructional modifications will be developed for gifted pupils and the program will address appropriate content, process, products and learning environment.
  •  Each pupil’s program will seek to involve the pupil in all subject areas that can provide growth and stimulation in higher cognitive processes such as interpretation, extrapolation, translation, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

  •  No enrichment program will replace the basic instructional program appropriate    to the pupil’s grade level.

  • The enriched educational program for a gifted and talented pupil may consist of:
  • Additional classroom studies and assignments,
  • Special classes in appropriate studies,
  • Independent projects in after-school sessions supervised by  a teacher , and/or
  • General information, as well as content-specific information, as provided for in the curriculum frameworks developed by the New Jersey Department of Education.

  • A classroom teacher may provide for the needs of gifted and talented pupils by:
  • Presenting content material that is related to broad-based issues, themes, or problems,
  • Integrating multiple disciplines into the study area,
  • Allowing for in-depth learning of a topic selected by the pupil within the study area,
  • Developing the pupil’s independent and self-directed study skills,
  • Developing research skills and methods,
  • Integrating higher level thinking skills into the curriculum,
  • Focusing on open-ended tasks,
  • Using new techniques, materials, and forms,
  • Encouraging the development of self-understanding, and
  • Encouraging self-appraisal and evaluation.

Policies and Procedures

District Policy


The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to identify gifted and talented students within the school district and to provide these students with appropriate instructional adaptations and services.  To that end, the Board directs each such student in the school district to be identified and offered an appropriate educational program and services. 

For purposes of this Policy, “gifted and talented students” means students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities. 
The Superintendent/Principal will develop appropriate curricular and instructional modifications used for gifted and talented students indicating content, process, products, and learning environments. 
The Superintendent/Principal will develop procedures for an ongoing Kindergarten through grade twelve identification process for gifted and talented students that includes multiple measures.  Multiple measures may include, but are not limited to:  achievement test scores; grades; student performance or products; intelligence testing; parent, student, and/or teacher recommendation; and other appropriate measures.  The identification methodology will be developmentally appropriate, non-discriminatory, and related to the programs and services offered by the district.  The identification procedures will be reviewed annually.
The Superintendent/Principal will take into consideration the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Twelve Gifted Programming Standards of the National Association for Gifted Children in developing programs for gifted and talented students.  The educational program offered to gifted and talented students will encourage and challenge them in the specific areas of their abilities, but will not replace the basic instructional program of the various grades of this district.   The program offered to  a gifted and  talented students  may  include, but are not limited to:  pull-out programs; classroom differentiated instruction; acceleration; flexible pacing; compacted curricula; distance learning; advanced classes; or individual programs infused into the student’s regular instructional program, provided that a written description of the infusion has been prepared and filed in the student’s record. 
Programs for gifted and talented students will be periodically evaluated for their continuing efficacy and adjusted accordingly.
The parent of any student identified as gifted or talented shall be consulted regarding any program designed to address the student’s particular needs.
District Procedures
A. Identification and Selection
1. Classroom teachers will be familiar with the criteria for identifying gifted and talented pupils and will be alert to pupils who exhibit those criteria.  The identification methodology will be developmentally appropriate, non-discriminatory, and related to the programs and services offered by the district.
2. The Teacher Coordinator of Student Affairs will review the cumulative files of all Kindergarten through grade eight pupils against the criteria for identifying gifted and talented pupils.  The review will include consideration of intelligence ratings, classroom achievements, the results of standardized testing, and teaching staff member observation reports.
3. The Teacher Coordinator of Student Affairs will confer with past and present teachers of any pupil identified in the review of files and of any pupil recommended for screening by a teacher.
4. A committee comprised of the Curriculum Supervisor, the Reading Specialist, the Guidance Counselor, and the Principal or designee will receive the recommendations of the Teacher Coordinator of Student Affairs and will select those pupils who should participate in the program for gifted and talented pupils.
5.  When a pupil has been identified as gifted or talented, the Teacher Coordinator of Student Affairs will:
a. Confer with the pupil’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) on the goals of the pupil’s program and secure the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) cooperation and permission for the pupil’s participation in the program,
b. Interview each selected pupil for additional information about the pupil and for guidance in establishing an enriched educational program for the pupil,
c. Confer with the pupil’s teacher about a proposed educational program for the ppil, and
d. Prepare and present to the parent/guardian for approval a written educational plan for the pupil.

Selection Criteria

Pupils will be considered for participation in the gifted and talented program when compared to their peers within the district.  A pupil will be considered for participation in the program for gifted and talented pupils who:
  • Score as indicated on the following assessments:
NJSLA- Math - Level 5- Exceeds Expectations
NJSLA- ELA - Level 5- Exceeds Expectations
iReady Diagnostics- Math - Above Grade Level
iReady Diagnostics- Reading - Above Grade Level
LinkIt Benchmarks - Math Level 5- Exceeds Expectations
LinkIt Benchmarks - ELA Level 5- Exceeds Expectations
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Consistently demonstrates intellectual or creative ability of a nature not readily susceptible to testing; or
  • Displays an extraordinary artistic creative talent with a high degree of   self-motivation.

Professional Development

Professional Development regarding gifted and talented students, their needs, and educational development. The professional development opportunities provided for:
  • Teachers
  • Educational Services Staff
  • School Leaders
The Leader In Me provides continuous professional development to all staff to recognize and develop student potential and achievement.  
It provides opportunities for students to recognize their strengths and talents, set and track goals, as well as plan to improve targeted areas of interest.

 Professional development is offered to enhance staff awareness and expertise including:
  • Effective implementation of New Jersey Student Learning Standards
  • Curricular programming and integration of 21st Century Skills
  • Appropriate pacing and differentiation to accommodate varied student academic and interest levels via independent and small group settings for program lesson extension/enrichment activities
  • Student accessibility to adaptive learning technology resources and programs
  • Methods for data analysis of benchmark and other assessments to inform instruction in support of enrichment opportunities
The district offers an online platform of professional development that encompasses all topics including twice gifted, gifted and talented, and enrichment for students. The district also offers out of district professional learning opportunities for all staff members.

Compliant for Noncompliance

LEA Board’s shall have a complaint policy on gifted and talented education linked to the Board’s HOMEPAGE.
Complaint procedures regarding non-compliance with district policy regarding Gifted and Talented:
Step 1: Contact Mrs. Nicole Riley, Teacher Coordinator of Student Affairs through email at
 Please include your child's name, school, ID number, phone number, address and reason for non-compliance complaint.  Parents will receive a written response to the complaint within 10 school days.
Step 2: If you feel that your complaint is not resolved, contact the Assistant Principal through email at
Please include your child's name, school, ID number, phone number, address and reason for complaint for non-compliance.  Parents will receive a written response to the complaint within 15 school days from the date the complaint is received.
Step 3: If you feel that your complaint is not resolved, please contact the Superintendent/Principal through email at The Superintendent/Principal will review the complaint and provide a response in writing 45 calendar days from the date the request is received.
Step 4: If you feel that your complaint is not resolved, you can submit a complaint to the executive county superintendent within one year prior to the date that the complaint is submitted.  The complaint shall include:(1)   a  statement that the identified school district is not in compliance with the provisions of this act, and the specific facts on which the allegation of noncompliance is based; and
(2)   the name, address, and contact information of the complainant.
The executive county superintendent shall complete the investigation within 60 calendar days after receipt of the complaint and issue a written decision with proposed remediation, if necessary, to the complainant and the school district.
Step 5: The individual may then file a petition of appeal of the board’s written decision to the Commissioner of Education through the Office of Controversies and Disputes in accordance with N.J.S.A.18A:6-9 and the procedures set forth in State Board of Education regulations