Services

Services for Grades 2 - 5

The Garfield School District provides a continuum of services for elementary gifted and talented students.  All student populations of general education, ELLs, those with Individualized Education Plans and a 504 Plan are considered. These services consist of a pull-out program for Grades 2 - 5. 

*The pull-out program services all seven elementary schools in the school district.

*The students can be nominated by teachers, administrators, and parents or discovered by data and experiences by the instructor.

*The students attend the gifted program in a small group on a rotational basis throughout the school year. 

*Students are assessed by the instructor with a rubric to keep accurate data on student performance. 

*The curriculum is designed to foster complex, higher-order thinking skills required for critical and creative thinking. 

*Concepts are learned through a S.T.E.A.M. based approach.  These learning opportunities offer advanced engineering concepts that will utilize prior knowledge of 
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

*Self-guided learning will develop individual gifts while communication and leadership are also supported.


Services for Kindergarten - Grade 1

The Garfield School District provides a continuum of services for students in Kindergarten and Grade 1.   All student populations of general education, ELLs, those with Individualized Education Plans and a 504 Plan are considered. The services consist of a small group pull-out enrichment program at each of the seven elementary schools in the district. 
 
*The instructor visits each of the schools on a rotational basis to work with each small group.

*The students are selected by the homeroom teacher based on their performance, their report cards, their work and study skills in the classroom, and their individual strengths which require higher-order instruction.

*Students are assessed by the instructor with a rubric to keep accurate data on observations of student performance. This data is designed to aid the instructor in tracking the Kindergarten students throughout their Kindergarten and Grade 1 school experience. 

*This enrichment provides additional support to the students.  Participation in this enrichment program does not automatically put the student in the gifted program.  The student is only receiving higher-order enrichment to supplement their education in their regular classroom. 


*All enrichment activities are designed to foster complex, higher-order thinking skills required for critical and creative thinking. 

*Concepts are learned through a S.T.E.A.M. based approach.  These learning opportunities offer advanced engineering concepts that will utilize prior knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. 

*Self-guided learning will develop individual gifts while communication and leadership are also supported. 
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Middle School Programming 

GMS Honors - The Middle School Honors Program is designed to meet the academic needs of the gifted and high-achieving students, including those who are ELL, twice-exceptional, or 504. Honors classes seek to provide opportunities to build on the individual strengths of each student. Teachers design learning experiences that encourage and support students as they work at higher levels of challenge. Emphasis is placed on developing autonomy through differentiation of what students learn, the process by which they learn it, and the manner in which learning is demonstrated. The curriculum for the Honors Program is challenging and rigorous in all content areas. It is based on the Garfield Middle School curriculum and extends the program of studies in depth and complexity.

 The curriculum of the Honors classes seeks:
• To support
mastery of the NJ Student Learning Standards at a pace and depth appropriate for high achievers.
• To develop an understanding of the concepts, themes, and issues which are fundamental to the disciplines and an appreciation of interrelationships among the disciplines
• To develop independent learning and study skills.
• To develop critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
• To develop effective communication skills.

High School Programming

Honors - The High School Honors Program is designed to meet the academic needs of the gifted and high-achieving students, including those who are ELL, twice-exceptional, or 504. Honors classes seek to provide opportunities to build on the individual strengths of each student. Teachers design learning experiences that encourage and support students as they work at higher levels of challenge. Emphasis is placed on developing autonomy through differentiation of what students learn, the process by which they learn it, and the manner in which learning is demonstrated. The curriculum for the Honors Program is challenging and rigorous in all content areas.

Advanced Placement (AP) – Advanced Placement is a program created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examination. The accepted scores are to be determined by the individual colleges and universities. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that is satisfies the AP curriculum.

Enrollment

The district strives to work on re-evaluating the program to ensure the needs of all students are being met whether they be general education, IEP, ELL, or 504.   In both G and T and our honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment programs, we adhere to using multiple measures of data to identify students for entry into our programs as well as a trimester or quarterly check-ins on student progress to ensure they are on track to remain in the program for the duration of the yearMeasures of data for acceptance into MS and HS programs include teacher nomination by review of data on the Universal Screening Tool which encompasses report card grades, test data & reading proficiency levels.   Eligibility for new students to enroll in the programs are ongoing. 

 


Updated September 2022


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