Eligibility

A gifted and talented student means a student possesses or demonstrates a high level of ability in one or more content areas when compared to his chronological peers in the school district and requires modifications of his educational program to achieve in accordance with his capabilities.

The identification process for gifted and talented students includes multiple measures in order to identify student strengths in various intellectual ability, creativity, or specific academic areas. A student shall not be required to meet all considered measures in order to be identified as gifted and talented. To assure equal access to a continuum of gifted and talented education services the process shall include consideration of all students, including those who are English language learners and those with Individualized Education Plans or 504 plans.

Services

Identification and continuum of services of gifted and talented students at Academy Charter High School is an ongoing process extending from grades 9-12. Students will be nominated for Honors, Advanced Placement courses, in-school teacher led Seton Hall classes, or dually enrollment Brookdale Community College off campus courses according to multiple identification criteria. 

The multiple identification criteria used when identifying students as gifted and talented include end of year GPA, ELA/Math assessments, and teacher inventories of learning assignments and grades. This is reevaluated at the end of every school year, as students enter the district, and throughout the year based on recommendation. Students may be recommended during the school year and schedules may be adjusted during Fall and Spring blocks as needed.

Students identified as advanced learners in high school may continue services as long as their grades and recommendations continue to meet the criteria.

Formal Board Policy 6171.2 Link:   https://academycharterhs.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/6171.2-Gifted-and-Talented.pdf

Course Offerings

English

Communications H

American Literature H

World Literature 1 H

World Literature 2 H

Math

Algebra 1 H

Geometry H

Algebra 2 H

Math Analysis H

Science

Environmental Science H

Biology H

Chemistry H

Anatomy and Physiology H

History

US History 1 H

US History 2 H

World Civilizations H

Arts

Creative Arts H

Humanities H

Advanced Placement

Computer Science Principles

Seton Hall Credit – In-House Teacher

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Arabic 1

Arabic 2

Core English

Dual-Enrollment Brookdale Community College

Student Choice (need Accuplacer placement)

Questions?

If you have any concerns in regards to our Gifted and Talented program, please contact Klarissa Martin at extension 230.

N.J. Statute 18A:35-38:

a. An individual who believes that a school district has not complied with the provisions of this act may file a complaint with the board of education. The right to file a complaint shall be set forth in the board’s policy on gifted and talented education. The policy shall be linked to the homepage of the board’s Internet website. The board shall issue a decision, in writing, to affirm, reject, or modify the district’s action in the matter.
b. 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.18A:6-9 and the procedures set forth in State Board of Education regulations.

In “The Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act”, parents can submit complaints of non-compliance as to the school as needed. Follow up complaints should be sent to the county executive superintendent within one year. The complaint should include a statement of what is out of compliance with the provisions of the act, and the name and contact information of the complainant. An investigation will be completed within 60 calendar days with a plan for remediation.
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