Gifted Programs and Policies in NJ

Middlesex County

Accelerated Math

  • Math placement in 6th grade determines if a student takes Algebra in 7th or 8th grade.  Click here for details.
  • Cranbury is a K-8 school district.  Students attend Princeton High School.

According to the student handbook, Dunellen Public Schools’ offers a ” pull-out program for one period a week to select students in grades one through five who qualify through testing and multiple criteria. Students pursue learning activities that further develop interests and apply previously learned skills. Workingindividuallyandinsmallgroups,studentsexploretopics,problems,anddevelop demonstrations to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and develop their abilities to become sophisticated solvers of problems in the subject areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and 21st Century Life and Career Skills.”

​Gifted and Talented

Accelerated Math

  • ​Qualified students may take Algebra I Honors in 7th or 8th Grade.  
  • Students who remain on the top math track may take AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Calculus III Honors and/or AP Statistics in high school.
  • Click here for details

Gifted and Talented

  • Edison Public Schools administers the CogAT to assess students for entrance into their gifted and talented program.
  • Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade who are NEW to Edison Public Schools take the CogAT in October.  Students who missed testing in 2nd or 4th grade also take the CogAT at this time. 
  • In November, these families are notified of test results, eligibility for gifted and talented services, and the start date for gifted and talented programming (if applicable).
  • In March, 2nd and 4th grade students (except those already in GT or who tested in Fall) take the CogAT.
  • These families receive notification in May/June.
  • Information on the curriculum can be found here.

Accelerated Math

  • Qualified students may take Algebra I Honors in 7th or 8th Grade.  
  • Students who remain on the top math track may take AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Calculus III Honors and/or AP Statistics in high school.
  • Click here for details

Gifted and Talented

  • Edison Public Schools administers the CogAT to assess students for entrance into their gifted and talented program.
  • Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade who are NEW to Edison Public Schools take the CogAT in October.  Students who missed testing in 2nd or 4th grade also take the CogAT at this time. 
  • In November, these families are notified of test results, eligibility for gifted and talented services, and the start date for gifted and talented programming (if applicable).
  • In March, 2nd and 4th grade students (except those already in GT or who tested in Fall) take the CogAT.
  • These families receive notification in May/June.
  • Information on the curriculum can be found here.

Accelerated Math

  • Qualified students may take Algebra I Honors in 7th or 8th Grade.  
  • Students who remain on the top math track may take AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Calculus III Honors and/or AP Statistics in high school.
  • Click here for details

Gifted and Talented Programs

  • Enrichment opportunities for qualified students in grades K-3, 4-5, and 6-8.

Accelerated Math

Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program – Grades 2 – 8

Accelerated Math

  • ​Accelerated Math beginning in 5th Grade to prepare students to take Algebra I in 7th Grade.  Does not have a single year acceleration option (students who do not take Algebra in 7th Grade may not take it until 9th Grade).  Click here for February 2017 Power Point
  • Students who remain on the top math track may take AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and/or AP Statistics in high school.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Accelerated Math

  • Qualified students may take Algebra in 7th or 8th grade.  Click here for details
  • Students who remain on the top math track may take AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and/or AP Statistics in high school.  Click here for details.

Accelerated Math

  • Qualified students may take Algebra in 8th Grade
  • Students who remain on the top math track may take AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and/or AP Statistics in high school.
  • Click here for Math Sequences

Gifted and Talented Program

Accelerated Math

  • All K-5 students are tested at the end of the year to determine qualification for accelerated math.  Click here for More Information
  • Qualified students may take Pre-Algebra in 6th Grade.  Single- and double-accelerated tracks beginning in 7th Grade.  Click her for More Information
  • South Brunswick has four high school math levels:  Elements, Traditional (standard track), Advanced, Honors and AP.  AP level students may take AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and/or AP Statistics.

Monmouth County

Gifted and Talented

  • Howell Township schools identifies gifted and talented students in Kindergarten and up.  
  • (Project Explore) Kindergarten and First Grade Gifted and Talented Students are Identified using scores from standardized testing and a teacher observation inventory.
  • (Project ECG) Students in second through fifth grade are identified using multiple measures including: standardized test scores in the 90th percentile or higher, high academic performance, and/or advanced intellectual or creative abilities 
  • (Project GOAL; Project PLUS) Students in fourth through eighth grade are identified using multiple measures which may include:  standardized test scores in the 90th percentile or higher, demonstrated giftedness on an aptitude test (such as an IQ test), advanced academic performance, and/or demonstrated advanced intellectual or creative abilities. 
  • For details on Howell Township’s Gifted and Talented Admission Policy, click here.
  • For more information on gifted and talented programming in Howell Twp, click here.

Gifted and Talented 

  • Placement in Marlboro Township’s Gifted and Talented program begins in Kindergarten.  Placement is determined by multiple measures including:
  • Marlboro Township offers separate Gifted Reading and Gifted Mathematics programs for students in Kindergarten through third grade.  In addition, Marlboro offers an enrichment program for grades 2 and 3.
  • REACH programming is offered for fourth and fifth grade.  REACH is a pull out enrichment program.
  • SOAR programming is available for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.   


Accelerated Math

Somerset County

Gifted and Talented

Accelerated Math

  • Qualified students may take Algebra in 7th or 8th grade.  For details click here.
  • ​Students who remain on the top math track may take AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and/or AP Statistics in high school.  For details click here.

Gifted and Talented

Accelerated Math

Accelerated Math
Hillsborough Township Public Schools

Accelerated Math

  • Accelerated math begins in 6th grade.
  • Qualified students may take Algebra I in 7th grade followed by Geometry in 8th grade or take Algebra I over 7th & 8th grade followed by Geometry in 9th grade.  For details click here.
  • High school students may accelerate their math studies by taking math classes over the summer.  For details click here.
  • Students who remain on the top math track may take AP Calculus AB and/or AP Calculus BC in high school.