GOALS OF THE GIFTED AND TALANTED PROGRAM
The goals of the Monmouth Beach School's Gifted and Talented Program are to afford students who are demonstrating academic excellence and characteristics of advanced learners, the opportunity to apply foundational skill strengths in unique problem solving situations. Students in the program will be provided experiences where they can explore individual passions and interests while collaborating with peers. Addtionally, students will be encouraged to create and innovate in an environment where perseverance and grit are celebrated.
Students in Grades K-8 are eligible for participation in the program. In 7th and 8th Grade, students also have the opportunity to be identified through multiple measures to be placed into an accelerated math course (Pre-Algebra-7th Grade; Algebra I-8th Grade). During the course of the year, students may become eligible as growth is captured through assessments mechanisms.
For the 2020-21 School Year:
Because of the long-term school closures from Spring 2020, students participated in very few, if any, district-level benchmark assessments. Similarly, NJSLA 2019-2020 was not administered. It is with these unusual circumstances in mind that the Monmouth Beach School has decided to "grandfather" into the program for the 2020-2021 school year, any student who was eligible the year before (2019-2020). As benchmark assessments are administered this school year, additional students may be added to the program based on these results and strong teacher recommendations. Additional information regarding screening for eligibility will be forthcoming for the 2021-2022 school year.
The parent/guardian of a student in Grades K-8 who did not qualify for participation in the Gifted and Talented Program and feels the child has the ability to be successful in the program, may contact Jessica Alfone, Superintendent/Principal of the Monmouth Beach School in writing, requesting that the child's eligibilty be considered further upon additional information becoming available (new benchmark assessments, new teacher evaluation information). Students in 7th and 8th Grades who did not qualify for participation in a higher-level math course, may also contact Jessica Alfone, Superintendent/Principal in writing requesting that the child's eligibility be considered further.