Gifted and Talented

Program Overview

The South Plainfield School District has recently revised the district Gifted and Talented Program. The program reflects a focus on our STEM initiative, updates to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, and the academic needs of our students. These changes began with the 2018-2019 school year. The following is an overview of the program:

Enrichment within the classroom:

Differentiated instruction is practiced at all grade levels and content areas to meet the needs of students in their classroom on a daily basis. Through the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping, teachers tailor instruction to challenge and motivate students. Additionally, the elementary gifted and talented teacher pushes into the second grade classes once a week to work on inquiry-based STEM lessons which afford enrichment opportunities for all second grade students.

Enrichment beyond the classroom:

Beginning in third grade and continuing through eighth grade, students who are formally identified as gifted and talented are invited to participate in a pull-out program once a week focusing on project-based learning. Project-based learning (also referred to as problem-based learning) is a teaching approach that challenges students through real-world problems and investigations leading to deeper content knowledge and increased critical thinking skills.

Accelerated Classes:

Students in sixth grade have the opportunity to take academically enriched (AE) classes in both math and ELA. Students in the middle and high school have the opportunity to take honors and/or advanced placement courses in a variety of subjects. Honors courses are offered in grades 7 through 12 and are rigorous classes that move at a faster pace and cover more material than a regular class. Advanced Placement Courses (also referred to as AP Courses) are offered in grades 9 through 12 and are college-level classes that give students who receive high scores on the AP Exam the opportunity to receive college credit. Advanced Placement is a program run by the College Board.

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).