• Mountainside Schools Gifted & Talented 2018-19 

     

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    Definition Of Gifted & Talented Students

    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. N.J.A.C.6A:8-1.3

    N.J.A.C. 6A: 8-3.1(a)(5) requires local district boards of education to provide appropriate K-12 educational services for gifted and talented students.

     

    Philosophy

    The  Mountainside School District is committed to providing appropriate and challenging learning opportunities for all students. Mountainside School District identifies and makes provisions for students in each grade level who possess or demonstrate exceptionally high levels of ability across various subject areas, as compared to their peers within the district. Strategies are continually assessed, reviewed and modified.

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    • Differentiated curriculum within classrooms  
    • Flexible subject-specific ability groupings within classrooms
    • Electives, clubs and extracurricular activities
    • Before & after school enrichment programs
    • Single-subject acceleration
    • Honors programs
    • Involvement in local, state, & national competitions
    • In school pull out programs

     

     

    Mountainside School District Enrichment Program

     

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    (Pre-K- Grade 2) all students participate  in our Enrichment Program. The overarching theme is: Travel Around the World. Activities are designed to provide challenge and rigor for students at all levels to expand their learning and creativity as they explore World Cultures. All class teachers differentiate instruction to extend and expand class lessons for students. Individual student’s strengths, talents and interests are addressed.

    New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:8-1.3 defines students who are gifted and talented 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.

     

    Gifted and Talented Identification

    At the end of  grade 2 a formal identification process is conducted to determine eligibility for the Gifted and Talented program at Deerfield School. Students will be assessed again for eligibility at the end of Grade 4. The committee also conducts an annual review of student data, students who meet the criteria for TEP will be eligible for the program.

     

    Multiple measures are used to determine eligibility:

    These are: scores on standardized tests, benchmark assessments and teacher recommendation (Gifted Rating Scale). Students who are new to the district will be assessed for gifted identification within the first 30 school days.

    Participation is optional,

    Students and parents sign a contract of behavioral expectations. This outlines how students take responsibility to make up missed class work (in school program), and how they agree to work on projects both independently and collaboratively.

     

    Appeals

    Students whose parents feel they were not identified through the selection process may appeal to the Deerfield Principal, Mrs. Kimberly Richards. The student must then submit a written statement explaining why he or she would like to be involved in the Gifted and Talented Program. In addition the student may be asked to submit a portfolio of work.