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6171.2 Gifted and Talented


Northfield, New Jersey Monitored


Policy X Other Reasons





The Superintendent of Schools shall develop and the Northfield Board of Education shall approve criteria for identifying all gifted and talented students in kindergarten through grade eight. Gifted and talented students shall be provided with appropriate instructional adaptations and services to encourage development of their special abilities in achieving the Core Curriculum Content Standards. Programs shall provide educational challenges to students identified as gifted and talented and shall be reviewed annually.


Such programs shall be designed in terms of the individual learning styles of each student as well as the capacity of a gifted student to create concepts, respond to stimuli in a unique and creative manner, develop higher levels of thinking and influence the behavior of others.


“Gifted and talented students” shall mean those exceptionally able students who possess or demonstrate higher levels of ability in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the local district and who require modifications of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.


Because early discovery of a gift or talent is important, it is essential that the identification of these students be carried on as a continuing process, since special abilities and skills appear at different times in the development of many children.


The Superintendent of Schools shall coordinate development of appropriate curricular and instructional modifications used for gifted and talented students indicating content, process, products, and learning environment.


He/she shall devise indicators of achievement to evaluate success of each program presented to the board for adoption.


Programs for the gifted and talented will be periodically evaluated for their continuing efficacy and adjusted accordingly.


The parents/guardians of any pupil identified as gifted or talented shall be consulted regarding any program designed to address the pupil’s particular needs.


Adopted: No Date

NJSBA Review/Update: December 2009

Readopted: October 24, 2011


Key Words


Gifted, Talented


Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.15

through -4.16 Legislative findings and declarations; chess instruction for second-grade students in gifted and talented and special education programs …

N.J.S.A. 18A:61C-1 Program promoting cooperation between high schools and institutions of higher education; establishment; objective; increased availability of college-level instruction; scope

N.J.S.A. 18A:61C-4 Program providing college credit courses for high school

students on high school campuses; establishment

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

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1 Curriculum and instruction

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.3 Enrollment in college courses

N.J.A.C. 6A:30-1.4 Evaluation process for the annual review

N.J.A.C. 6A:32-14.1 Review of mandated programs and services



Cross References: *1600 Relations between other entities and the district

*6010 Goals and objectives

*6121 Nondiscrimination/affirmative action

*6171 Special instructional programs


*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.