Identification 

Students are identified through a process that involves recommendation from a teacher, counselor, school administrator, or parent, followed by an analysis of multiple measures including standardized and locally administered assessments, subject grades, and results of the Slosson Intelligence Test – Revised 3rd Edition. Students must score a 125 or higher to be eligible for participation in the program.

Who are the Intellectually Gifted?

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.

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)

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BRIGHT CHILD AND A GIFTED LEARNER

A Bright Child A Gifted Learner
Knows the answer Asks the questions
Is interested Is highly curious
Works Hard Plays around, yet tests well
Answers the questions Discuses in detail, elaborates
Top group Beyond the group
Learns with ease Already knows
Understands ideas Constructs abstractions
Grasps the meaning Draws inferences
Completes assignments Initiates projects
Is receptive Is intense
Enjoys school Enjoys learning
Absorbs information Manipulates information
Technician Inventor
Good memorizer Good guesser
Enjoys sequential presentation Thrives on complexity
Is alert Is keenly observant
Is attentive Mentally & physically involved
Has good ideas Has wild, silly ideas
Listens with ease Already knows
Enjoys peers Prefers adults

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