Gifted & Talented/Enrichment
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).
The Wanaque School District Gifted and Talented programs recognize the needs of students who possess and demonstrate significantly high levels of ability in different areas. The G&T program supports the identified population with a continuum of services. In the Wanaque Public Schools, we believe all students benefit from higher-level thinking and inquiry. Differentiated instruction addresses the needs of all students within their classrooms. In addition to classroom differentiation, identified students meet in small groups to work on lessons specifically designed for them outside of the classroom.
Gifted education opens windows of opportunity for students to enhance their potential through collaboration, innovation, and problem solving. Students are challenged to engage in inquiry, take intellectual risks, exercise critical thinking, and reflect upon and develop their individual talents.
National programming standards assist school districts in examining the quality of their programs and services for gifted learners. Recognizing that the ongoing evaluation and retooling of a successful gifted program is an evolutionary process, the NAGC pre-k-grade 12 programming standards detail a framework that focuses on student outcomes. Districts use the program standards both as mileposts for improving programs and services and as rubrics for evaluation. The standards have been endorsed by The Association for the Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children-The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG).
Wanaque School District follows the guidelines set forth by the Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act NJ SGTA. For questions, comments, complaints or concerns, the procedure is as follows: Reach out to the school's GT Teacher first, then GT District Coordinator and further as outlined in NJ SGTA/District Policy 2464.
Wanaque School District’s Gifted & Talented Overviews:
Wanaque School District’s Gifted & Talented Identifiers: