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Potential Candidates

An important element in planning is the accurate identification of students with educational needs that would be enhanced at the Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented.  We are looking for students that are committed to academic excellence, social and emotional growth, and creative excitement.

Students in the Paterson Public Schools will be assessed for Gifted and Talented starting in mid-February of each school year, using multiple measures that may include:

  • Cognitive Abilities Test
  • Teacher Questionnaire
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Student Questionnaire
  • PARCC Scores
  • Report Card (2nd Marking Period)
  • Model Unit Assessments
  • Portfolio of Student Work

A selection committee, whose members have received training in gifted education, will review all applications as they are received.  This committee makes the final decision as to which students qualify for the program.