Gifted & Talented Education

The New Jersey Department of Education requires that each school district provide services to meet the needs of students who have been identified as gifted and talented. Each school district must establish a process to identify students as gifted and talented using multiple measures. These students require modification to their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1). Click here for the NJDOE G&T Page.

Click here to access the Newton Board of Education Policy 2464 on gifted and talented students. Curricular modifications for gifted and talented students are embedded within each course at all grade levels and can be accessed at the following link: Newton Public Schools Curriculum.

Below is a summary of the identification procedures, services offered, and professional development provided at each of our schools.

Merriam Avenue School (Grades K-4)
  • Identification Procedures
    • Students are identified through teacher recommendation and the iReady diagnostic score.
  • Services Offered
    • G&T is an interdisciplinary program that combines literacy and art.
    • Students who are identified for G&T are provided with extension and enrichment opportunities that are designed and supervised by our art teacher and librarian. 
    • Students are pulled out of class for these activities during their grade level's designated Intervention / Enrichment period two times a week.
  • Professional Development Offered
    • Job embedded professional development on the needs of G&T students is provided by our math intervention teacher/digital learning coach and librarian. 
    • These workshops and presentations are done during grade level meetings to introduce and review learning tools designed to enhance our existing curricular program. 
    • In addition both our math intervention teacher/digital learning coach and librarian work with individual teachers on an as needed basis. 
Halsted Middle School (Grades 5-8)
  • Identification Procedures
    • Criteria for the SOAR G&T program include: standardized scores on state, local, and Raven assessments; classroom performance; teacher recommendations, and previous inclusion in gifted programming.
    • Criteria for 8th Grade Advanced Art include teacher observation of talent, interest, knowledge, skill, and creativity.
  • Services Offered
    • SOAR - Weekly grade level activities
    • Advanced Art - Weekly high school Art 1 concepts in order to join Art 2 as a freshman
  • Professional Development 
    • Gifted and Talented Consortium 
    • NJDOE Gifted and Talented PD
Newton High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Identification Procedures
    • Advanced Placement - Students who are enrolled in AP courses have to meet a standard of prerequisites and earn a grade standard in order to be eligible to enroll in an AP course.  Students in grades 10-12 have AP opportunities. 
    • Honors Program - Students who are enrolled in Honors courses have to meet a standard of prerequisites and earn a grade standard in order to be eligible to enroll in an honors course. Students in grades 9-12 have multiple opportunities to enroll in an honors course. 
  • Services Offered
    • Advanced Placement - This year we are offering 13 different AP courses.
    • Honors Program - This year we are offering 22 different honors courses.  Six of those courses are concurrent classes, which means that our students have the ability to earn college credits while taking the course.
  • Professional Development Offered
    • Advanced Placement - Teachers are afforded opportunities for professional development through the College Board.
    • Honors Program - Teachers are afforded a variety of opportunities to attend workshops online and offsite for honors programs.

An individual who believes that the school district has not complied with the provisions of the "Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act” may file a complaint with the Board of Education in writing and deliverable to the Board Secretary at 57 Trinity Street, Newton, NJ 07860. 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.18A:6-9 and the procedures set forth in State Board of Education regulations.

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