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The mission of the Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented is to challenge students to perform to their ability, to think critically, to think creatively, and to assume responsibility for their learning.  We strive to provide an academic learning environment designed to prepare students to be leaders in a global society and reflect rigor, student-centered learning, and safe risk-taking in order to enhance their maximum potential.   A culture specifically designed to address the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students in order to foster longevity in the program through high school and to develop talents in the areas of greatest aptitude and interest.