Gifted and Talented Program

How does New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) define a student who is gifted and talented?

New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:8-3.1 defines students who are gifted and talented as those students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability in one or more content areas when compared to their chronological peers in the local district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities. (Source: NJDOE)


The Rahway Public School District Gifted and Talented goals are aligned with the goals of the district including:
- Raise achievement levels.
- Prepare students to make a positive contribution to our society.
- Provide for students’ self-esteem, self-discipline, growth and development.
- Create a community of life-long learners.
- Promote professionalism and well-being among our staff.
- Develop a positive school climate for learning.

The students will:
- investigate topics, issues and areas of in-depth study not ordinarily perused in the regular classroom.
- participate in activities that foster creative thinking, problem-solving, and higher mental processes such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
- use advanced and varied forms of resource materials related to their individual area of interest.
- develop appropriate outlets for their creative and productive talents.
- develop independent learning skills and self-directedness in planning and carrying out individual projects.
- develop a better understanding of self and the ability to recognize and deal with feelings related to their giftedness.
- develop the ability to communicate and cooperate effectively with persons of similar and differing intellectual abilities.
- develop leadership skills and decision-making ability.
- assume responsibility for their work.
- explore a variety of subject areas, including but not limited to Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science and Technology.

Identification Criteria:
Identification and Selection of students:
All identification of students for the Gifted and Talented program is done using multiple measures. These include: grades, teacher recommendation, NJSLA scores, CogAT testing, and Accelerated/Learning Characteristics Checklist.


Assessment of students is completed as follows: Kindergarten – January, Grades 1 and 2 – end of first marking period.

In the fall of each year, parents will be informed of their child’s eligibility for the Program. Once a parent receives the notification, he/she must return the permission slip in order for the student to participate in the Program.

New and Transfer Students:
Students new to the district will be identified using information from their permanent records or a district screening.

Dr. Septor joined the Rahway Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction team in January 2019. Prior to working in Rahway, Dr. Septor worked as a Supervisor of Humanities, a Middle School Language Arts teacher, and a Literacy Coach. Dr. Septor earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Rowan University. Additionally, Dr. Septor holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading and a Bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education.

Dr. Leslie Septor
Program Supervisor of Literacy and
Gifted & Talented

Phone: 732-396-2965
Email: [email protected]

Gifted and Talented


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Franklin Elementary School - Susan Farrar
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Cleveland Elementary School - Debra Geis
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Madison Elementary School - Nikki Thompson
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Grades K – 2:
For Grades K, 1, and 2, classroom teachers will address student needs. General Education teachers will provide identified students with advanced, not additional, enrichment activities in all subject areas. Resources will be available to the General Education teachers through the Gifted and Talented Program teachers.

Grades 3 – 6:
For grades three through six in each of the district’s four elementary schools with a pullout program averaging 60 minutes per week. The Program will provide educational experiences that will enable gifted students to develop their talents and skills to as great an extent as their abilities, interests, and available resources allow. Additionally, these experiences will enhance the personal and social development of students with exceptional abilities. The actual structure of each lesson will depend primarily on the activity that has been planned. Flexibility will be a key element in planning these activities since the Gifted and Talented teacher will be sensitive to the classroom curriculum and the immediate needs of the children. There will be a greater utilization of technology. Students will also participate in Inter-District Convocations.

Grades 7 – 8:
At the Rahway 7th and 8th Grade Academy Gifted and Talented students will participate in the Honors Program. The Honors Program is an intense and fast-paced approach to the curriculum offered to students who can accept an academic challenge. Those students who meet the entry criteria as outlined on pages 19-20 are exposed to advanced studies encompassing all disciplines.

The Honors Program is conducted within the school day. This program is available to eligible seventh and eighth-grade students.

Grades 9 – 12:
At the High School, Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered to students who qualify and have met the required prerequisites. In addition to the academically advanced courses, there are numerous clubs and extracurricular activities which are available to students who reflect an interest and display talent in a given area.