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New Jersey Science Olympiad Grades 6-8

New Jersey Science Olympiad has been on the leading edge of educational innovations since 1993. These innovations include high academic standards; demonstration of skills through performance testing; learning through hands-on, minds-on activities; cooperative learning through events that require teamwork; improved self-concept through success in achieving high standards and making applications and connections to the real world.

New Jersey Science Olympiad events are closely aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and include strong components for problem solving, critical thinking and use of technology. Science Olympiad also portrays the close relationship between teaching and assessment. Assessment tasks are developmentally appropriate for young children, and include recognition of students' physical skills and cognitive abilities.


North Jersey Elementary Science Olympiad

The North Jersey Elementary Science Olympiad celebrates academic excellence by challenging 3rd-6th grade students at the North Jersey tournament in approximately 14 events in the STEM field. Participants are engaged in problem solving, laboratory investigations and hands-on activities such as designing and testing vehicles, bridges and egg-carrying rockets. 


Math Counts

The students compete against other schools from the North Jersey Chapter.  February 2014 was our first time competing and there were well over 260 middle school students competing.  Paterson Academy for the Gifted & Talented ranked 25 out of 34 schools.


New Jersey Regional Competition for National History Day

National History Day is an excellent opportunity for students to make history come alive by engaging time in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.  By participating in this competition, students will be guaranteed to grow as they apply through research, apply their analytical and critical thinking skills, and learn the importance of citing resources, and apply their public speaking skills. All of our 7th and 8th grade students participate in a school wide competition.  Then a several students go on to the Regional Competition and a smaller number go on to the State Competition.