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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 in Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and 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?
If students score in the top 5 percent on two of the three initial screening assessments they will then be given the Wechsler I.Q. test. A FSIQ score of 138 or higher on the Wechsler assessment will result in admission into the Gifted program.
 
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.
 
6. Is transportation provided to and from EIS?
Yes, a bus picks the children up at their home schools at approximately 9:00 AM and returns them to their home schools by 2:30 PM.
 
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:
Economics
Inventions
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
Tentative timeline for Gifted screening & IQ Testing 2018
 
February 26th:
Initial screening for all 2nd-grade students
(Make-up testing will take place at Edison Intermediate School. Dates TBD. The coordinator will communicate dates to building principals and parents. Make-up testing will take place during after-school hours. Please contact Crystal Marsh with any questions at (908) 789-4470.
 
February 28th - March 30st:
Initial screening tests will be scored.
 
March 31st:
Results will be mailed home.
 
April 3rd- May 20th:
IQ Evaluations will begin. IQ results will be emailed to parents by Memorial Day weekend.