EDISON, NJ - The Edison Public School District will be hosting two district-wide Gifted and Talented Program information sessions. The sessions will discuss the characteristics of a gifted and talented student and cover the District’s screening process, curriculum, and the District’s second grade Science Enrichment Program.

According to the National Association for Gifted Children, a child is classified as gifted if they demonstrate exceptional levels of competence in one or more structured areas of academic activity such as mathematics, music, language, or in a set of sensorimotor skills such as dance, athletics, and art.   

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.

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According to the District, Edison’s Gifted and Talented Program was revised in 2011 "to be more rigorous and inclusive of all types of gifted learners among our elementary students."  

The curriculum for Edison’s program is determined by a District committee and can be modified to meet the evolving needs of gifted students. The program currently consists of three instructional cycles, each lasting approximately twelve weeks. The curriculum covers mathematics, engineering, and English language arts.  

The first information session will take place on February 19 at the Woodbrook Elementary School Gym, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This session is for James Madison Primary, James Madison Intermediate, Martin Luther King, Menlo Park, and Woodbrook Elementary Schools.

The second information session will take place on February 26 at the James Monroe Elementary School Gym, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This session is for Ben Franklin, James Monroe, John Marshall, Lincoln, Lindeneau, and Washington Elementary Schools.