• Haworth School District Tiered Programs for Gifted and Talented

    Haworth School District recognizes its responsibility to identify gifted and talented students within the school district and to provide these students with appropriate instructional adaptations and services to meet their varied needs.  To meet this requirement, we utilize the PK-12 Gifted Programming Standards from the National Association for Gifted Children as a basis of meeting the needs of our gifted learners.  These standards are woven throughout our various programs and service continuum as outlined below.  Our three tiers are designed to start with the least disruptive enrichment to an accelerated program that allows students to progress into more advanced content areas at an accelerated pace and beyond their chronological years. 

    Haworth School’s gifted and talented programs are built around FOSTERING EXCELLENCE.   Each student will have a balanced experience between opportunities to explore INDIVIDUAL PASSIONS, as well as continue to GROW INTERPERSONALLY through group challenges and projects.

    We have two grade bands of G&T programming designed to meet the needs of our students.  

    In grades 4-8, we have a formal pull-out program called ASPIRE (Advanced School Program in Innovation, Rigor, and Excellence).  This program meets with students on a weekly basis and is intended to provide students with additional challenges beyond the regular curriculum.  The process begins in 4th grade when all students take the CoGAT assessment.  Move in students will also be tested. 

    Students who score at least an 85 on the CoGAT will be brought to the ASPIRE committee for further consideration. The ASPIRE committee is composed of the supervisor of special education, school psychologist, classroom teacher, and a minimum of one ASPIRE teacher.  Data points will be reviewed and points awarded as follows: 

    • Link-It Form A ELA (Exceeding) - 1 pt

    • Link-It Form A MA (Exceeding) - 1 pt

    • F&P (above grade level in October) - 1 pt

    • CogAT (88th percentile or above)  - 1 pt

    • Teacher rating scale (80% or above)-1 pt

    A minimum of 4 points must be earned to gain entry to ASPIRE.

    Appeal Process:  Parents can submit an appeal directly to Michelle Corsentino at corsentinom@nvnet.org and Adrienne Huettenmoser at huettenmoser@nvnet.org.  All appeals should include a rationale and additional data to be considered. 

    Filing a Formal Complaint to the Board of Education:  An individual who believes that the district has not complied with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-34 et seq. may file a complaint with the Board of Education.  This policy for filing a complaint shall be linked to the homepage of the Board’s Internet website.  Form for filing a complaint.  The Board shall issue a decision, in writing, to affirm, reject, or modify the district’s action in the matter.  The individual may then file a petition of appeal of the Board’s written decision to the Commissioner of Education through the Office of Controversies and Disputes in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:6-9 and the procedures set forth in State Board of Education regulations. BOE Gifted and Talented Policy