Welcome to the PCSST Gifted and Talented Program

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 modifications to their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1).

Definition of Gifted and Talented Student

Based on the N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1  “Gifted and talented student” means a student who 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 who requires modifications of his educational program if he is to achieve in accordance with his capabilities.

Identification of Gifted and Talented Students

Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology (PCSST) shall make provisions for an ongoing kindergarten through grade 12 identification process for gifted and talented students that includes multiple measures in order to identify student strengths in various intellectual ability, creativity, or a specific academic area(s). A student shall not be required to meet all considered measures in order to be identified as gifted and talented. PCSST shall ensure equal access to a continuum of gifted and talented education services. The identification process shall include consideration of all students, including those who are English language learners and those with Individualized Education Plans or 504 plans

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic Achievement(NJSLA , MAP Test, PSAT)
  • Intellectual Ability: CoGat Assessment
  • Grades/GPA
  • Teacher Rating Scales
  • Portfolio Assessment for Visual or Performing Arts(if the student is referred for being gifted and talented in this area)
  • Serving Gifted and Talented Students

PCSST will ensure that appropriate instructional adaptations are designed and implemented for students who are gifted and talented. In developing programs for serving gifted and talented students, besides looking at the NJSLS, the PCSST will also take into consideration the K-Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards, Position Statements, and White Papers of the National Association for Gifted Children. Furthermore, PCSST will provide equal access to a continuum of gifted and talented education services for all students including ELLs and those with Individualized Education Plans or 504 plans. The needs of gifted and talented students will be met through a variety of educational services including but not limited to:

 1-In-class differentiation of content, process, product, and learning environment

2- Push-in or Pullout support with a gifted specialist

3- Acceleration classes via cluster/flexible grouping

4- Social and Emotional Learning through group or individual counseling

PCSST is an equal opportunity provider.