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Gifted and Talented Program Contacts

Supervisor of Gifted and Talented Suzanne Luck-Born (suzanne.luck-born@sbschools.org)
Gifted and Talented Educator (Grades K-1) Jill Czyzyk (jill.czyzyk@sbschools.org)
Gifted and Talented Educator (Grades 2-3) Marcia Walker (marcia.walker@sbschools.org)
Gifted and Talented Educator (Grades 4-5) Mary Desai (mary.desai@sbschools.org)

About the G&T Program...

As a district, we believe many of our children possess special talents and gifts. Through comprehensive K-12 Gifted and Talented Services, it is our professional responsibility to recognize and nurture those talents as they emerge. According to The Javits Act, gifted and talented students, “give evidence of higher performance capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields.” Our mission is to develop the whole child by offering an overall enriching environment that enhances the child's development in a natural school setting, as well as offering experiences beyond the regular classroom.
Elementary (K-5) Gifted and Talented Tiers
The South Brunswick School District Gifted and Talented Services are centered on a three-tiered approach to afford flexibility to meet the varying needs, abilities and interests of students. The elementary program is delivered through thematic cycles, with each cycle having an emphasis on 21st Century and Technology Standards. There is a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). Three elementary teachers travel to the seven elementary schools following a rotating schedule.
Tier 1 Elementary Services Tier 2 Elementary Services Tier 3 Elementary Services
Enrichment Within the Regular Classroom Enrichment Beyond the Regular Classroom Advancement or Acceleration Above Grade Level
  • Differentiation in the Classroom
  • Extended Learning Opportunities
  • Flexible Grouping
  • Balanced Literacy
  • Elementary Thematic Cycles
  • Enrichment Events
  • Enrichment Clubs
  • Small Groups
  • Elementary Math Grade Level Acceleration
  • Elementary Full Grade Level Acceleration
Secondary (6-12) Gifted and Talented Tiers
The South Brunswick School District Gifted and Talented Services are centered on a three-tiered approach to afford flexibility to meet the varying needs, abilities and interests of students. The secondary program for students in middle and high school is delivered through advanced academic courses. The content supervisors at each level are most knowledgeable about prerequisites for these advanced courses.
Tier 1 Secondary Services Tier 2 Secondary Services Tier 3 Secondary Services
Enrichment Within the Regular Classroom Enrichment Beyond the Regular Classroom Advancement or Acceleration Above Grade Level
  • Differentiation in the Classroom
  • Extended Learning Opportunities
  • Enrichment Events
  • Enrichment Clubs
  • Advanced Courses
Gifted and Talented Identification
According to (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1) gifted and talented students are: 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. The regulations require that students be compared to their chronological peers in the local school district. New Jersey does not have state-level criteria such as mandated tests or assessments, grade point averages, or IQ scores. Local school districts must use multiple measures to identify students.
Tier 1 Services
Within the Regular Classroom
Tier 2 Services
Beyond the Regular Classroom
Tier 3 Services
Advanced or Accelerated
Coursework
  • Pre/Post Assessments
  • Standardized Test Scores
Interest and Talent Driven Advanced Coursework
  • Highest Local and Standardized Assessment Results
  • Teacher Input
  • Prerequisite Course Grades
  • District Assessment Tools
  • Portfolios/Performance Tasks
  • Running Records
Elementary Thematic Cycles:
Local and Standardized Assessments, Teacher and/or Parent Input
Mathematics Acceleration:
Highest Local and Standardized Assessment Results
  • Anecdotal Notes
  • Teacher Observations
  Grade Level Acceleration:
  • Assessment Results
  • Teacher Input
  • Committee Review
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