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Gifted & Talented

Morris School District Gifted & Talented

What defines a student as gifted or talented or twice exceptional?

The NJDOE defines gifted 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."  Advanced students are those with outstanding intellectual or academic abilities, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the local district.  According to the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), the term “twice-exceptional,” also referred to as “2e,” is used to describe gifted children who have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and have one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria. 
A Strong Learner...

     A Gifted Learner….

  • Knows the answers

  • Shows interest in topics

  • Has good ideas

  • Works hard

  • Learns with ease

  • Understands ideas

  • Enjoys school

  • Memorizes Quickly

  • Asks the questions

  • Is highly curious

  • Has divergent, sometimes wild ideas

  • May not have to work hard to test well

  • Already knows

  • Requires 1-2 repetitions for mastery

  • Constructs abstractions

  • Manipulates information

  • Creates a new design

  • Enjoys learning

The Morris School District will provide a continuum of services for the exceptional learner, designed to address specific needs and levels of giftedness from Kindergarten through grade 12. According to the New Jersey Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act (2019), “instructional adaptation" means an adjustment or modification to instruction enabling a student who is gifted and talented to participate in, benefit from, and demonstrate knowledge and application of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in one or more content areas at the instructional level of the student, not just the student’s grade level.  

How MSD meets the G & T Requirements


Coordinator of K-8 Gifted & Talented Education



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Email: anthony.lewislahey@msdk12.net