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Gifted and Talented - Elementary

The gifted and talented programs in Marlboro Township Public Schools are needs-based programs designed for those students who, when compared to their chronological peers, possess or demonstrate exceptionally high levels of ability in one or more content areas. The programs provide additional and appropriate educational challenges and opportunities to meet the needs of these students. The curricula for the various G&T programs are created by the G&T teachers, designed to provide appropriate challenge to intellectually and academically advanced learners, and approved by the Board of Education.

 

GOALS OF THE PROGRAMS

  • To challenge gifted and talented students who demonstrate a need for rigor beyond the regular curriculum for their grade level.
  • To provide an environment that encourages the development of critical thinking skills such as analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and complex problem solving strategies.
  • To provide an environment that encourages divergent thinking and supports the development of originality, fluency, flexibility, and elaboration.
  • To develop confidence in expressing ideas in discussions, debates, expository writing, and creative writing.
  • To advance the process of inquiry through the application of skills in investigations of real-life problems and research.
  • To provide students with opportunities to develop leadership skills through positive group interaction.
  • To encourage a lifelong commitment to independent learning.

 

PLACEMENT CONSIDERATIONS

 

Placement is determined by multiple measures of the need for challenge beyond the regular curriculum. Criteria for placement in these programs may be found on the Placement Criteria page.

 

Candidates for the Kindergarten Enrichment, PEP, REACH, and SOAR programs are reviewed annually by the BAC (Building Action Committee) which consists of the Principal and/or Vice Principal, G&T Supervisor, G&T Teacher, School Counselor, and several teachers in each school.

 

Candidates for the Gifted Reading and Gifted Math programs who meet preliminary criteria are administered district-designed content specific assessments which are scored in collaboration by all teachers of the specific program.

 

Students in grades 1, 2, and 3 may qualify to be placed in multiple gifted programs.

 

All students must re-qualify for each program annually.

 

All of these programs are pull-out programs. Students in any G&T program are expected to maintain high quality performance in the G&T program(s) and to show sustained motivation for learning. Furthermore, students must demonstrate higher order thinking skills, task commitment, intellectual independence, responsibility for learning, and cooperation with peers to remain in the G&T program(s). In addition, participants in the G&T programs are responsible for regular class work which they miss as a result of their attendance at pull-out classes for the gifted as well as for maintaining excellence in the regular classroom as evidence that their grade level curricula achievement is not suffering as a result of participation in any G&T program.

 

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

The following programs are available to students K through 5 as indicated:

  • Gifted Reading: Grades K, 1, 2, & 3
  • Gifted Mathematics: Grades K, 1, 2, & 3
  • Primary Enrichment Program (PEP): Grades 2 & 3
  • Realizing Excellence through Academic Challenge (REACH): Grades 4 & 5
  • Special Opportunities through Academic Resources (SOAR): K through Grade 5

 

Gifted Reading (Grades K through 3)

The Gifted Reading program is designed to meet the needs of students identified as requiring enrichment in reading and English language arts with the goal of raising metacognitive awareness in the application of comprehension strategies, synthesizing information from multiple sources across various genres, engaging in discussions based on textual analysis and evaluation, and responding to literature in sophisticated written form. Students are pulled out of their regular English language arts class for additional content-specific enrichment once per week.

Students in Kindergarten and grade one participate for the second half of the school year.

Students in grades two and three participate for a full year.

 

Gifted Mathematics (Grades K through 3)

The Gifted Mathematics program is designed to meet the needs of students identified as requiring enrichment in mathematics with the goal of raising metacognitive awareness in the application of logical reasoning and problem-solving strategies, comprehending and solving multi-step word problems, and developing the ability to explain mathematical concepts and processes. Students are pulled out of their regular math class for additional content specific enrichment once per week.

Students in Kindergarten and grade one participate for the second half of the school year.

Students in grades two and three participate for a full year.

 

Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) (Grades 2 and 3)

 

The PEP program is an interdisciplinary enrichment program for academically gifted and talented students. During the course of this full year program, students are pulled out of their regular classes in English language arts, science, and/or social studies for three periods per week to participate in various units of study designed according to principles addressing the needs of gifted students. Content is related to grand themes, abstract concepts, and real issues and includes the integration of multiple disciplines and cross curricular connections. The curricula covered in PEP is separate and apart from the regular education curricula offered by the district. Placement is determined by the Building Action Committee based on multiple measures.



Realizing Excellence through Academic CHallenge (REACH) (Grades 4 and 5)


The REACH program is an interdisciplinary enrichment program for academically gifted and talented students. During the course of this full year program, students are pulled out of their regular classes in English language arts, science, and/or social studies for four periods per week to participate in various units of study designed according to principles addressing the needs of gifted students. Content is related to grand themes, abstract concepts, and real issues and includes the integration of multiple disciplines and cross curricular connections. The curricula covered in REACH is separate and apart from the regular education curricula offered by the district. Placement is determined by the Building Action Committee based on multiple measures.

 

Special Opportunities through Academic Resources (SOAR) (K through Grade 5)


The SOAR program provides enrichment on an as-needed, individual basis as determined by the Building Action Committee.  The G&T teacher will act as facilitator for these independent research opportunities.