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Gifted & Talented



A gifted and talented student means a student possesses or demonstrates a high level of ability in one or more content areas when compared to his chronological peers in the school district and requires modifications of his educational program to achieve in accordance with his capabilities.

The identification process for gifted and talented students includes multiple measures in order to identify student strengths in various intellectual ability, creativity, or specific academic areas. A student shall not be required to meet all considered measures in order to be identified as gifted and talented. To assure equal access to a continuum of gifted and talented education services the process shall include consideration of all students, including those who are English language learners and those with Individualized Education Plans or 504 plans.



Identification and continuum of services of gifted and talented students in Bloomingdale Public Schools is an ongoing process extending from grades K-8. 

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

Each student’s program will seek to involve the student in all subject areas that can provide growth and stimulation in higher cognitive processes such as interpretation, extrapolation, translation, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.




4.  No enrichment program will replace the basic instructional program appropriate to the student’s grade level.

5.  The enriched educational program for a gifted and talented student may consist of:

a.   Additional classroom studies and assignments,

b.  Special classes in appropriate studies,

c.  Out-of-class sessions with the gifted and talented teacher,

D. Independent projects in before or after-school sessions supervised by the gifted and talented teacher, and/or

e. General information, as well as content-specific information, as provided for in the curriculum frameworks developed by the New Jersey Department of Education.


6.  A classroom teacher may provide for the needs of gifted and talented students by:

a.   Presenting content material that is related to broad-based issues, themes, or problems,

b.   Integrating multiple disciplines into the study area,

c.   Allowing for in-depth learning of a topic selected by the student within the study area,

d.   Developing the student’s independent and self-directed study skills,

e.    Developing research skills and methods,

f.    Integrating higher level thinking skills into the curriculum,

g.   Focusing on open-ended tasks,

h.   Using new techniques, materials, and forms,

i.    Encouraging the development of self-understanding, and

j.    Encouraging self-appraisal and evaluation.


Multiple measures may include, but are not limited to:     achievement test scores; grades; student performance or products; intelligence testing; parent, student, and/or teacher recommendation; and other appropriate measures.     The identification methodology will be developmentally appropriate, non-discriminatory and related to the programs and services offered by the district.     The identification procedures will be reviewed annually.

Formal Board Policy 2464



If you have any concerns in regards to our Gifted and Talented program, please contact Kerridyn Trusheim at ktrusheim@bloomingdaleschools.org.

N.J. Statute 18A:35-38:

a. An individual who believes that a school district has not complied with the provisions of this act may file a complaint with the board of education. The right to file a complaint shall be set forth in the board’s policy on gifted and talented education. The policy shall be linked to the homepage of the board’s Internet website. The board shall issue a decision, in writing, to affirm, reject, or modify the district’s action in the matter.

b. The individual may then file a petition of appeal of the board’s written decision to the Commissioner of Education through the Office of Controversies and Disputes in accordance with N.J.S.18A:6-9 and the procedures set forth in State Board of Education regulations.