• Gifted and Talented Program

    Grades 3 - 8

    For all students in Grade 3 - 8, students will be evaluated for Giftedness.  Student assessments from the previous school year will be analyzed over the summer to determine eligibility.  All students must re-qualify for the program each year. Students will be identified as eligible for the gifted program in grades 3 through 8 using the following criteria:

    Assessment items


    Point Value

    Actual Score


    The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)


    124 – 129








    Actual Student Score        

    Points received





    Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

    (Reading, Language Usage  or Mathematics)


    Highest percentage score in any one of the 3 content areas (from the Spring tests)




    95-97th %



    98th %




    99 - 100%




    Actual Student Score


    Points received


    Report Card


    Approaching learning standards (2);


    or C




    Meeting learning standards (3) ;


    or B




    Exceeding learning standards (4);


    or A




    Total Points Received

    Pupils are ranked according to the points they have earned.  Those attaining the minimum criteria of 13 points will be identified as Gifted. Parents or guardians of selected children will be notified in writing that their child has met the necessary criteria to be eligible for the gifted program.   

    General Information

    New students in the district will be evaluated using available information, in accordance with the district’s identification process. Any additional tests required will be administered with parental permission, when available.

    All students in Grades 3 - 8 must qualify on an annual basis for entry into the Gifted and Talented program.  

    Parental Notification

    When a pupil has been identified as gifted or talented, the Glen Ridge Public School district will inform the pupil’s parent(s) and secure the parent(s) cooperation and permission for the pupil’s participation in gifted activities.

    The enrichment needs of gifted and talented pupils can be met through a wide variety of activities and teaching strategies.  Appropriate curricular and instructional modifications will be developed for gifted pupils and the program will address appropriate content, process, products and learning environment.


    Continuation in the Gifted and Talented Program

    All students participating in the Young Learner’s Program and the Gifted & Talented activities will have their progress reviewed annually. Students must be making satisfactory progress in all subject areas.

    A pupil may be withdrawn from the gifted and talented activities when:

    • The pupil wishes to withdraw and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) consents to withdrawal.
    • The pupil’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) requests the withdrawal.
    • The student does not maintain satisfactory progress in all subjects.