The Definition of Gifted
The Westfield Board of Education recognizes the needs of students who possess and demonstrate extremely high levels of ability. New Jersey Administrative code defines gifted and talented students as: "Those students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the local district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities."
1. How does the district determine who is "Gifted "?
All second grades students go through a screening process in February. Students are assessed on their verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative reasoning. Depending upon the child's results of these assessments, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children is then administered by one of our school psychologists.
2. How does the district assess students who are new to the district?
All new students to the district will be assessed within 90 days of their first day of school.
3. What scores does my child need to be entered into the program?
Pupils who score in the top five percent on a cognitive abilities screening assessment will be given a full, comprehensive assessment. Pupils with a standard age score of 138 or higher on the comprehensive cognitive abilities assessment will be tested further using an individually administered intelligence test for children.  Test results and program decisions will be communicated in writing to parents/guardians.


Pupils who have a full-scale I.Q. score of 135 or higher on the individually administered intelligence test for children or score in the 99th percentile in both the fluid reasoning index (FRI) and verbal comprehension index (VCI), will be identified as highly gifted pupils in need of intervention.  
4. Once my child is in the program can they be removed?
Identification is permanent in this program. Participation is optional, however, if a child chooses to withdraw from the program he or she may not re-enter until the following school year.
5. Are Gifted students completely removed from the regular educational program?
Gifted students are both clustered in their regular academic classrooms and will have some isolated pull-out classes, depending upon the grade level.
6. Is transportation provided to and from EIS?
Yes, a bus picks the elementary children up at their home schools at approximately 9:00 AM and returns them to their home schools by 2:30 PM. Intermediate school students that participate i in the program and are zoned for Roosevelt Intermediate, are provided transportation to Edison Intermediate for the program. During the 2020-2021 school year, the elementary program is being held virtually so transportation is not being provided.
7. Does my child have to go to EIS starting in middle school if I live on the north side of town?
If the student chooses to remain in the program, he/she becomes a full-time EIS student. It is not mandatory to stay in the program, and the child can attend RIS for 6,7, and 8 grade, but not have accelerated classes.
Elementary Curriculum
3rd Grade Pull-Out Courses:
Life Science Exploration
Advanced Mathematics Strand
Living Together in Communities Under the Law
4th Grade Pull-Out Courses:
Introduction to Chemistry
Advanced Mathematics Strand
Social Studies: Interdisciplinary Units of Study
5th Grade Pull-Out Courses:
Research Methods - Problem Based Learning
Advanced Mathematics Strand
Intermediate Curriculum
Sixth Grade:
Examination of Point of View Through Debate
Introduction to Physics
Accelerated Math
Seventh Grade:
Accelerated Math
Eighth Grade:
Elective: Science Olympiad: (OPEN TO ALL EIS STUDENTS)
Elective: Debate: Advanced Examination of Point of View
Accelerated Math and Science: BIOLOGY
Gifted Evaluation Timeline
Timeline for Gifted screening & IQ Testing 2021 TBD