GIFTED & TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL SERVICES

mission statement

Gifted and Talented Mission Statement

North Brunswick Township Schools endeavors to provide a broad base of experiences to enrich the intellectual, creative, social, and emotional needs of all students. By providing a rigorous and differentiated curriculum, our programs facilitate the growth of students as independent, life-long learners who will become productive citizens, with the development of skills, concepts, and positive attitudes within the cognitive, emotional, and social domains.

NBTSchools recognizes and is proud of the accomplishments of our academically and/or intellectually gifted and talented students who perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of achievement in comparison to others of their age or experience. These exceptional talents cross all racial, cultural, and socio-economic categories and are celebrated, as is all diversity at NBTSchools.
These children require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular education program.

grades K-5

Grades K-5 (Elementary Schools & Linwood 5th Grades)

Gifted and talented education is delivered to students in grades K-5 directly in the classroom through differentiated instruction. Students in all grades, K-5, are formatively assessed by grade level standards and teachers work directly to provide instruction at the child’s appropriate level. Students have been placed in advanced math and ELA work after demonstrating the ability to handle the challenges of more challenging, deeper, independent work. Strategies used with advanced students may include, but are not limited to:

  • Acceleration

  • Curriculum Compacting

  • Grouping

GATE

GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)

GATE, or Gifted and Talented Education, is one of two enrichment programs NBTSchools provides at the elementary level for students. It is designed for students in grades three through five. This program is exclusive, in that a student must be accepted into the program, and is meant to be a rigorous learning experience aimed to reach the gifted and high achieving students in our district. Through this program, the students work on many higher-order thinking skills across interdisciplinary units that last approximately 5 weeks each. They apply their problem solving skills on multiple self-driven independent units of study, as well as in collaborative groups with their peers. (Due to COVID-19, implementation of GATE units must be modified for a virtual setting. The anticipated start of the program is late February/early March for previously identified 4th and 5th grade students.)

All 2nd grade students are initially screened via the Sage’s test for eligibility. In addition, a student may be recommended by a teacher or parents and participate in a variety of additional entrance tests. These tests take a look at the student’s academic performance in class and on standardized testing, as well as their creativity and reasoning skills as tested by the Williams’ and the Sage’s tests. Students who qualify and are accepted into the program meet after-school two days a week for fifteen weeks.

These students have the opportunity to study three different units during the period of time that the program runs. Each grade level unit focuses on: individual student passions, appreciating other cultures through literature based activities, and gaining a deeper understanding of themes in social studies. These students work diligently at home and in class utilizing technology to prepare for a final presentation at the end of each unit. This presentation celebrates the students’ accomplishments during the entirety of the unit and is open to all staff and families. These units require students to think, and the level of standards we expect and are a challenge on a more appropriate level for a student of this caliber.

Up through the 2019-2020 school year, North Brunswick Township Schools provided opportunities to students in grades 3-5 with the after school 
GATE program. For the 2020-21 school year, since the first marking period is virtual, the district is working to implement some units of the GATE program virtually. This program will most likely be phased out following recommendations to update our programs by the Gifted and Talented Task Force later this school year.

Explore

Explore

Explore is an after-school enrichment program open to all students in grades 2-5 regardless of academic achievement. Classes meet for one hour once weekly and focus on providing rich STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) experiences to students. Two sessions are held yearly and there are eight classes in each session. There is a cost for participating in the program, however, scholarships for the program may be available.

Math Olympiad

Math Olympiad

Math Olympiad is an enrichment program for 5th Grade students. Math Olympians practice solving rigorous math problems and participate in national contests throughout the year.

Students in grades 1-5 take technology courses throughout the year that offer coding and robotics.

There are a variety of after-school clubs that students are welcome to participate in, such as Robotics, Math Olympiad, Newspaper club, Pandemonium (literary magazine), and Academic Challenge.

Grades 6-8

Linwood, Grade 6 & NBTMS - Grade 7 & 8

Linwood School 6th grade students have access to advanced courses of study in Math and Language Arts.
North Brunswick Township Middle School 7th and 8th grade students also have access to advanced courses of study in Math and Language Arts. Additionally this year, a Data Science course is being offered to students who have been identified through screening.

Gifted and talented services are delivered to students in grades 6-8 directly in the classroom through differentiated instruction. Teachers formatively assess students by grade level standards and work directly to provide instruction at the child’s appropriate level. Students have been placed in advanced math and ELA work after demonstrating the ability to handle the challenges of more challenging, deeper, independent work. Strategies used with advanced students may include, but are not limited to:

  • Acceleration

  • Curriculum Compacting

  • Grouping


There are a variety of afterschool clubs that students are welcome to participate in, such as Robotics, Math Olympiad, Newspaper club, Pandemonium (literary magazine) and Academic Challenge.

High School

North Brunswick Township High School

North Brunswick Township High School does not offer one specific gifted and talented program. Instead, students have access to advanced courses of study in each grade level.

There are two types of advanced courses:

Advanced Placement (AP) – These courses follow the criteria of the Advanced Placement Program. Teachers or counselors recommend students of very high academic ability. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for college credit or advanced placement at the college level.

Honors – Students scheduled into accelerated courses are consistently high achievers. Courses are fast-paced and more academically challenging than regular course offerings.

Middlesex County College Dual College Credit Courses - students at NBTHS may enroll in courses that provide Dual Enrollment with Middlesex County College and receive college credit as well as high school credit.
Gifted and talented services are also delivered to students in grades 9-12 directly in the classroom through differentiated instruction. Teachers formatively assess students by grade-level standards and work directly to provide instruction at the student’s appropriate level. Strategies used with advanced students may include, but are not limited to:

  • Acceleration

  • Curriculum Compacting

  • Grouping

  • Independent Study

Task Force

Gifted and Talented Task Force

A group of district administrators and staff are currently working in a Gifted and Talented Task Force to re-evaluate current programs, research best practices throughout the state, and make recommendations to the district to expand offerings for Gifted and Talented students as well as professional learning opportunities for staff.

district policy

District Policy

Policy 2464, Adopted November 2020 addresses services for Gifted and Talented Students.

complaint policy

Complaint Policy

Should a parent or guardian have a particular complaint or concern involving their child related to Gifted and Talented education, the following process should be observed:

  1. Contact the teacher involved. If the problem is not within the teacher's responsibility or is not resolved, then:


  2. Contact the assistant principal and then the building principal. Again, if not resolved at this level, then:


  3. Contact the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, Dr. Frederick D. Johnson, at 732-289-3033. If not resolved at this level: then


  4. Contact the Superintendent of Schools, Janet Ciarrocca, at 289-3000 extension 3030 or superintendent@nbtschools.org . If not resolved at this level: then


  5. Contact the Board of Education through the Board Secretary, Rosa Hock, at 289-3000 extension 53020 or rhock@nbtschools.org.rhock@nbtschools.org.