Gifted & Talented Program

The UFRSD believes that "gifted and talented students" means 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 school district and who require modifications of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities. (NJ Definition)

UFRSD also accepts the Theory of Multiple Intelligences as advanced by Howard Gardner (1983) that recognizes multiple ways to "be smart," including intrapersonal, interpersonal ability, musical, and bodily kinesthetic abilities. The District is dedicated to providing a rich array of opportunities for students to explore leadership, music, performance, athletic and other beyond‐academic gifts and talents. Music, art, athletics, student government and many more classroom and extracurricular activities are considered worthwhile opportunities for gifted. and talented UFRSD students. However, specific GT programming is dedicated to academic/creative talents in the areas of verbal‐linguistic, math‐logical, naturalist and spatial "intelligences." (borrowed from WWP)


Our Program

* Newell Elementary School
* Stone Bridge Middle School
* Allentown High School

Our Process

What will determine placement (ES and MS)?
The following areas are considered to determine placement:

  • Academic ability

  • Creativity

  • Task motivation

  • Additional data may be submitted and included:

    • Achievement test scores

    • CogAT scores

    • SIGS score

    • Renzulli-Hartman score (task motivation only for "on the fence kids")

    • Product/performance presentation with G&T committee

How will the process be different (established 2015-2016)?

  • GT identification committee at each school (5 members) - this committee would assess the informational data from each student and make a determination on whether they should be a part of our G&T program.

  • Use a rubric for identification - No gatekeepers

    • Achievement Test (will look at past tests for scores)

    • Aptitude Test - CogAT

    • Teacher Rating Scales

      • SIGS - General intellectual ability, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, creativity, leadership

      • Use SBRCSS scale for task motivation (if needed)

    • Parent Rating Scales

      • SIGS - General intellectual ability, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, creativity, leadership

    • Interviews / Products / Performance Review - GT

      • Depth of knowledge of topic

        • Synthesizing information

      • Ease to which they speak about their topic

      • Choice of presentation technique

      • Passion for topic

Student Presentation Rubric - GT Placement

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Depth of Knowledge

Student demonstrates little or no knowledge of their topic

Student demonstrates some knowledge of their topic

Student demonstrates an in depth and extensive knowledge of their topic

Ease of which they speak about their topic

Student is reading from a script with little familiarity of the topic (i.e. mispronounced words; lack of ability to answer questions about the topic; etc...

Student is at ease discussing the topic; student is able to answer some questions about the topic, but not all

Student is at complete ease talking about the topic; they are able to talk about it off script; answer questions and ellaborate when needed

Passion demonstrated during presentation

Student shows little excitement and passion; the student doesn't articulate that they are interested in the topic

Student shows some excitement and passion; the student shares that they are interested in the topic

Student shows a genuine love of and passion for the topic they chose; the topic has been chosen by the student, because they have a desire to work on it


Student gives basic presentation with little support of their topic

Student presentation has something unique about it

The students presentation is unique and demonstrates a high level of understanding of the topic; original

District Identification Timeline:

Referral procedures published on district website and District/Campus and GT Meetings held


Screenings, assessment and identification conducted after written parental permission obtained

January - March

Nominations accepted from parents, teachers, school officials


Gifted/Talented committee meets on grades 1-8 screenings


Written parental permission for services obtained for identified students in grades 1-8


Services begin for identified students


Staff e-Mail & Phone Extension

Click on the name of the staff members below to open an email communication with them. Classes listed to the right of staff names are the courses currently taught by that staff member.

Melissa DeSarno (Grades K-2) - Newell Elementary School

Karen Schumacher (Grades 3-4) - Newell Elementary School

Amy Wojciechowski - Stone Bridge Middle School / Stone Bridge Middle School G&T Letter

Pam Koharchik - Allentown High School