Gifted & Talented Policy
Our district offers enrichment services through our Enrichment program and Global Citizens curriculum. The regulations (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-34 through 18A:35-39) define gifted and talented students as: those students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the local district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities. The Superintendent of Schools or designee shall ensure that the appropriate instructional adaptations are designed for students who are gifted and talented.
Students in Kindergarten through second grade have a Math Enrichment period with a Math Enrichment teacher. During this period, students engage in problem-based math problems designed to extend their thinking as they analyze and apply various mathematical concepts. Students are provided problems based on teacher assessments of their abilities. In addition, the Math and Language Arts curricula are differentiated based on teacher assessments. Instruction in all grade levels is always enriched for advanced learners based on their zone of proximal development. Students are grouped based on ability to engage in collaborative problem-solving.
In grades 3-5, students participate in a Global Citizens double period. In this period, advanced students from all classes, including inclusion and self-contained classes, are provided with interdisciplinary problem-solving abilities. Students in grades 6-8 are identified and enrolled in portfolio classes in all content areas. Students in grades 9-12 are identified and enrolled in AP classes and our Academy programs.
Criteria for Eligibility:
All students are assessed during the three marking periods, through:
-TCRWP running records
-TCRWP writing continuums
-Math Envision assessment scores
-Music and Art assessments
-NJSLA assessment results
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.
An individual who believes that the district has not complied with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-34 et seq. may file a complaint with the Board of Education. The Board shall issue a decision, in writing, to affirm, reject, or modify the district’s action in the matter. 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.