The Irvington Board of Education has an Intellectually Gifted Resource Room Program for grades 1-8. This program serves those exceptional children in our school system who possess such superior cognitive abilities that require special education to meet their unique needs. Identification of children in grades 1-8 is ongoing throughout the year. The Intellectually Gifted Program is in the following four schools:

– Madison Avenue School – which serves students in grades 1-5.

– University Elementary School – which serves students in grades 1-5.

– Union Avenue Middle School – serves all students in grades 6-8.

– University Middle School – serves all students in grades 6-8.

Upon qualifying for the Intellectually Gifted Program, the students are assigned to one of the above schools. The assigned school is be responsible for the educational needs of those students.

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Intellectually Gifted Teachers

Patricia Simo
Madison Avenue

Susan Susskind
University Elementary School

Maureen Jasovsky
Union Avenue Middle School

Edwin Edwards
University Middle School

The Irvington Public School District defines Intellectually Gifted students in the following way: Intellectually gifted students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. Intellectually Gifted students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Intellectually gifted students require differentiated education services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular educational program. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

As a result of offering an Intellectually Gifted Resource Room, as well as differentiated curriculum and personalize support, gifted students have the opportunity to achieve district goals at the level commensurate with their talents. They will also be challenged to apply their knowledge and skills in complex and advanced ways so that they can continue to develop academically. If provided with the challenge and support that is needed, these students will become highly productive citizens who contribute in significant ways to the well being of the broader community.

The annual screening program to identify K-8 students who MAY qualify for the program for the intellectually gifted will begin in May. Because the program is limited to those few exceptional students who require special education to meet their educational needs, only those students who exhibit characteristics of giftedness may be nominated for inclusion by each school’s Nominations Committee. Therefore, students identified at the classroom level as potential candidates for the program within each building should be given the Slosson Intelligence Test by the school guidance counselor.

K-8 students will qualify for nomination at each building level if they exhibit strengths in one or more of the following areas:

  • 90th percentile scores, or 8th and/or 9th stanine, and/or advanced proficient status on any current district administrative assessments.
  • Outstanding grades in academic subjects and/or comments on report cards regarding outstanding contributions.
  • Recommendations of teachers who are currently teaching a student and/or teachers who have previously taught a student.

SLOSSON SCORES OF 125 OR HIGHER. LOWER SCORES SHOULD NOT ELIMATE BILINGUAL CHILDREN WHO EXHIBIT OTHER QUALIFICATIONS. SLOSSON SCORES OF 125 OR HIGHER BECOME AUTOMATIC ENTRIES INTO THE PROGRAM.

A Bright ChildA Gifted Learner
Knows the answer Asks the questions
Is interested Is highly curious
Works HardPlays around, yet tests well
Answers the questionsDiscuses in detail, elaborates
Top groupBeyond the group
Learns with easeAlready knows
Understands ideasConstructs abstractions
Grasps the meaningDraws inferences
Completes assignmentsInitiates projects
Is receptiveIs intense
Enjoys schoolEnjoys learning
Absorbs informationManipulates information
TechnicianInventor
Good memorizerGood guesser
Enjoys sequential presentationThrives on complexity
Is alertIs keenly observant
Is attentiveMentally & physically involved
Has good ideasHas wild, silly ideas
Listens with easeAlready knows
Enjoys peersPrefers adults

Source: Janice Szabos, Challenge Magazine Tennessee Association for the Gifted.

Gifted students are those students whose abilities and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional that they are among those who require special services. The Irvington Intellectually Gifted Program seeks out and provides services for students with advanced intellectual, verbal-linguistic and/or logical-mathematical aptitude. Keep in mind that gifted individuals are not a homogenous group, and therefore may exhibit these characteristics in varying degrees and intensities. It is not expected that a gifted child will exhibit all of the traits listed nor are the presence of any of these characteristics prove that a child is gifted.

The New Jersey Administrative Code for the Department of Education now makes special provisions for gifted education and has the following definition: “Gifted and Talented students means those exceptionally able students who possess or demonstrate levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the local district and who require modifications of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.” (N.J.A.C. 6A:6-13)