The Red Bank Borough Public Schools strive to provide the best educational experiences for each of our students. We are committed to developing and providing educational services that promote the potential of its exceptionally abled students. Our daily actions are guided by our mantra "Dream BIG... We'll Help You Get There" which permeates through all programs from Preschool to Grade 8.
On January 13, 2020, Governor Murphy signed the Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act codifying school district responsibilities in educating gifted and talented students as referenced in N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1. The law went into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. 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."
Board of Education Policy #2464 - Gifted & Talented Students
Enrichment Program Description
Every student at Red Bank Primary School (Grades K-3) participates in enrichment activities that are scheduled by grade level. The activities provide each child with opportunities to explore enriching curriculum in the areas of Music, Art, Physical Education, Social-Emotional Learning, Health and World Language. Every student at Red Bank Middle School (Grades 4-8) participates in enrichment activities that are scheduled by grade level. The activities provide each child with opportunities to explore enriching curriculum in the areas of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Music, Art, Physical Education, Mindfulness, Health and World Language (Spanish & Chinese).
In Grades K-8 students who are identified as exceeding grade-level expectations and demonstrating strengths in ELA and Math are clustered together within their classes so lessons can be differentiated to meet their individual needs. Students are provided opportunities to challenge their thinking, explore their interests, interact with the world at large and grow academically, socially and emotionally. Students in Grades 6-8 who meet the mandatory criteria based on multiple measures for the Accelerated Math Program are clustered together. Students in Grades K-8 who demonstrate advanced skills and talents in the arts are given opportunities to participate in classes and lessons provided by District staff as well as community partners such as the Count Basie Center for the Arts. This includes Stormy Singers, mindALIGNED, Kids on Broadway, Instrumental Music, Band, Chorus and more.
All of the above-mentioned services include students that are identified in need of ESL and Special Education services. The Red Bank Borough Public Schools will develop procedures for an ongoing Kindergarten through Grade 8 identification process that includes multiple measures (achievement scores, grades, student performance or products, intelligence testing, recommendations and other appropriate measures). The identification methodology will be developmentally appropriate, non-discriminatory and related to the programs and services offered by the district. Procedures will be reviewed annually, at a minimum.
Click HERE for 22-23 Enrichment Criteria.
An individual who believes that a school district has not complied with the provisions of the Act may:
1. File a complaint with the Red Bank Borough Board of Education. The Board shall issue a decision, in writing, to affirm, reject, or modify the district’s action in the matter.
2. An individual who is still in disagreement with the Red Bank Borough Board of Education's written decision has the ability to file a petition of appeal to the Commissioner of Education through the Office of Controversies and Disputes in accordance with N.J.S.18A:6-9 and the procedures set forth in State Board of Education regulations.
For an Appeal/Renomination Form, click HERE. Please direct all questions to Luigi Laugelli, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction.
Accommodations & Modifications for Specialized Populations
Definition of Twice Exceptional: a child whose intellectual abilities, creativity and potential for achievement are so outstanding that the child’s needs exceed differentiated general education programming, adversely affects educational performance, and requires specifically designed instruction or support services. Children from all populations (special education, basic skills, all cultural, racial, and ethnic groups, English Learners, all economic strata, etc.) can be found to possess these abilities.
Commonly accepted categories of Twice-Exceptional students:
- Students first identified as gifted who later show indicators of a specific disability area.
- Students identified as having a specific learning disability and who also show outstanding talent in one or more areas.
- Students who may appear average or underachieving because the disability masks any manifestation of giftedness.
We strive to meet the needs of Twice Exceptional students in the general education classroom through differentiation and advanced coursework. For students who require additional services, the focus is to support the student with enriched opportunities/experiences in order to maximize their learning. Every student will be provided the opportunity to receive enrichment opportunities. If students have accommodations and modifications via an IEP, 504 or ELL status, they will be implemented during the process.
Multiple sources of information will be used to identify students who may be Twice Exceptional. This information will be collected from teachers, Student Services members and other personnel. These multiple measures may include, but are not limited to: Cognitive Assessments, Educational Assessments and Educational Performance.