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 five schools:

  • Madison Avenue Elementary School – serves students in grades 1-5.
  • University Elementary School – serves students in grades 1-5.
  • Berkeley Terrace Elementary School – A pilot is established for the first time in 2017-2018 school year at this school to serve 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. Students who qualified at Berkeley Terrace will remain at this school as a pilot in 2017-2018. The assigned school is responsible for the educational needs of those students.

Intellectually Gifted Program

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 Intellectually Gifted program begins in May of every school year. Because the program is limited to those few exceptional students who exhibit characteristics of giftedness. The screening process occurs at each school by the Guidance Counselor. Therefore, students identified at the classroom level as potential candidates for the program within each building are 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 meeting or exceeding grade-level expectation status on any current district and State 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.


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.

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)