Gifted and Talented Programs In New Providence
The New Providence School District’s Gifted and Talented Program is committed to identify students who exhibit characteristics of general intellectual ability and to meet their special learning needs. Our responsibility to provide an excellent education for these children requires the development of their special abilities and talents as well as addressing their social and emotional needs.
In addition, the program is committed to stimulating educational opportunities which encourage each child to strive for excellence and fulfill her/his potential.
Program of Studies – Grades K-2
The classroom teacher, in cooperation with the enrichment teacher, will supply activities and projects to stimulate thinking skills, critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and logic, and develop advanced and abstract understanding of knowledge beyond regular course and grade level expectations. Suggested activities include: learning centers, differentiated instruction, independent study, and multidisciplinary projects.
In addition to enrichment offered within the classroom, children in grades K - receive enrichment lessons conducted for the entire class by the enrichment teacher. The lessons provide activities that are designed to systematically stimulate the level of creativity and to teach critical thinking and problem solving skills. It is anticipated that these skills will transfer to and enhance other areas of study.
Program of Studies Grades 3-6
Gifted and Talented
In grades 3 through 6, the identified gifted/talented students spend two sessions per week with the enrichment teacher on a “pull-out” basis. The identification processes for the New Providence Gifted and Talented Services are comprehensive and ongoing. Multiple criteria is utilized to identify students for the pull-out program in grades 3 - 6.
Criteria for the Gifted and Talented Pull-Out Program are as follows:
InView Cognitive Assessment (CSI of 130 or higher):
Advanced Proficient on Standardized Tests (when available)
Highest level of performance on district assessment tools, including: TC assessments and district placement and advanced tests
Additional screening/assessment tools include Teacher Inventories and Academic Records.
Selection is done annually each fall for the current school year; therefore a child may be eligible for the program beginning in grades 3, 4, 5, and/or 6. Once a student is selected, he/she remains in the program as long as program expectations are met Identified students meet with the enrichment teacher, working primarily on projects, which include creative and critical thinking, advanced research and reference skills, and reality-based problem solving. All new students to the district, must wait one full marking period before being considered for placement into the program.
In grades 7 and 8, students receive enriched and honors courses in Language Arts and Mathematics. Placement is based upon prerequisites.
In grades 9 – 12, Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered in all major academic areas.
Advanced Placement programs constitute college-level courses in which students are expected to meet college standards, including level of difficulty and challenge of assignments.
Placement is based on prerequisites.