Gifted and Talented Program

Elementary Level Program

The Collingswood School District provides a variety of services for its Gifted & Talented (G&T) students. Identified kindergarten and first grade students receive whole-class, push-in instruction using the. Primary Elementary Thinking Skills (P.E.T.S) Program. Second and third grade students are identified for participation in one or more of the enrichment pull-out programs for the following units of instruction: Reading and Literacy Enrichment, Mathematics Enrichment, and Science Enrichment. Fourth and fifth grade students are identified for participation in the full-year gifted and talented pull-out program. This program also encompasses enrichment in reading and literacy, mathematics, and science.

A. Identification Procedure

  • Grades K-1 students are identified using literacy benchmarking assessments, math assessments, and science achievement. :Whole-class, push-in differentiated instruction is provided in the classroom. setting.
  • Grades 2-3: students will be evaluated for identification as candidates for the program using multiple measures:
    • Reading and Literacy 
      • Report Card Grades (Reading, Writing, and Word Study)
      • Fountas & Pinnell Benchmarking Assessments
    • Mathematics Enrichment
      • Go Math End of Year Math Assessment
      • Report Card: Grades 
    • Science Enrichment
      • Teacher Recommendation
      • Report Card Grades
    • Grades 4-5: students will be evaluated for identification as candidates for the program using multiple measures. Students admitted to the G&T Program in grade 4 shall remain active participants through grade 5 unless they fail to perform  in a satisfactory manner. Multiple measures include:
      • Report Card Grades in Reading, Writing, Word Study, Math, and Science;
      • Fountas & Pinnell Benchmarking Assessments;
      • Go Math End of Year Math Assessment
      • State Assessment scores in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics

In grades 2-5: the top 20% of each grade are included in pull-out instructional programming. Additionally, all students in grades K-5 will be instructed through differentiation in the classroom in core content areas as appropriate.

B. Transfer Students

Students who transfer into the Collingswood Public Schools will be screened for eligibility for participation in the Gifted & Talented Program. In order to be eligible for the program, transfer students must meet the established criteria. The data used to determine eligibility will be taken from the cumulative records of the student as well as the from current testing using the district or state standardized tests. If teacher recommendations are needed, the student will not be eligible for the program until one full marking period has been completed, at which time recommendations must be provided by the classroom teacher.

C. Acceptance into the Program

Parental Permission - Written parental permission for the student to participate in the program must be provided.

D. Admission to the Program through Re-evaluation

Students who have demonstrated unusually high performance but have not successfully met the requirements may qualify for retest or further screenings if requested by the administration or the parent.

E. Requirements for Continued Eligibility

All reasonable efforts will be made to avoid dismissal or suspension from the program, however, reasons may include:

  • Low achievement in the traditional classroom setting;
  • Disruptive behavior;
  • Continued inability to emotionally handle the challenges of the program; and
  • Written parent request for student to withdraw from the program (readmission to the program at a later time will require requalification as a new candidate).

F. Procedures for Removal

  • A formal conference will be held with the student, parent(s), and all involved personnel to discuss the student’s progress in both the classroom and the Gifted & Talented Program.

Following the formal conference, immediate withdrawal may be recommended, or a conditional period may be determined.

Currently, the district is working to include a template for the previous practice. If it is determined that a conditional period would benefit the student, a contract will be written establishing the expectations to be achieved during the conditional period. At the conclusion of the conditional period, a second formal conference will be held to determine whether the student continue in the program or be dismissed.

G. Appeal Procedure 

A legal guardian may appeal a decision by requesting in writing that the student be re-evaluated for the program using the Appeal Request Form (currently in development).

Upon receipt of the appeal, a meeting will be scheduled with the parent, the program teacher, the homeroom teacher, other teachers, as applicable, and the principal.

The parent shall receive written notification of the outcome of the appeal. The Appeal Committee shall make such notification. 

H. Complaint Procedure

An individual who believes that the Collingswood Public School District has not complied with the provisions of BOE Policy 2464: Gifted and Talented Students may file a complaint with the Board of Education. 

In that complaint, please include the following:

  1. The full name of the parent/guardian ;
  2. The full name, school, and grade level of the student
  3. The nature of the complaint, including the specific area or areas of Policy 2464 that have not been followed; and
  4. An explanation of the steps taken to remedy those concerns prior to  filing the complaint.

The board shall issue a decision, in writing, to affirm, reject, or modify the district's action in the matter. The individual may then file a petition of the 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.

Secondary (6-12) Level Program

Students in grades 6-12 are served through a comprehensive honors and advanced placement program in the humanities, STEM, the arts, and leadership.