Gifted and Talented

Grades 7-12 Gifted and Talented 


Identified students in grades 7-8 are eligible for Pre-Algebra/Algebra/Geometry Honors and Enrichment English Language Arts and Science courses at Henry Hudson Regional School.
Students in grades 9-12 are afforded the opportunity to participate in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses and to receive differentiated instruction in the regular classroom setting. We also offer a STEAM Academy sequence of courses for eligible students, which follows an accelerated and enriched pace and curriculum. Specific to electives, what we offer serves as a vehicle for enrichment in various areas of student strength and interest. 
Additionally, the Monmouth County Arts Middle School and High School is a program designed for artistically gifted and talented students. The High School program is affiliated with Brookdale Community College as are our dual enrollment and Fast Start program.
Of importance, enrollment in similar grades 3-6 programming does not guarantee continued enrollment in Pre-Algebra and Enrichment courses at Henry Hudson Regional School, nor is a student required to have participated in this type of programming in order to access these courses.
A matrix of multiple measures and academic criteria based on grade level expectations is utilized to identify students. This includes: 
Grade 7: Pre-Algebra and Enrichment English Language Arts and Science

Prior year i-Ready benchmark scores for Mathematics and English Language Arts 
Pre-Algebra LinkIt! score
Prior year grades
Prior year New Jersey Student Learning Assessment Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science scores when available
Teacher recommendation

Grade 8: Algebra, Geometry Honors, and Enrichment English Language Arts and Science

Prior year LinkIt! scores for Mathematics and English Language Arts
Prior year grades
Prior year New Jersey Student Learning Assessment Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science scores when available
Teacher recommendation

Grades 9-12: Honors Courses

Prior year final grade for applicable content area
Prior year LinkIt! score for applicable content area
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment score of Proficient or Advanced Proficient for applicable content area when available
Teacher recommendation

Grades 9-12: Advanced Placement Courses

Prior year final grade for applicable content area
Prior year LinkIt! score for applicable content area
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment score of Advanced Proficient for applicable content area when available
Teacher recommendation

Grades 9-12: STEAM Academy

Prior academic records
Prior honors and awards
Participation in extracurricular activities
Application essay
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science scores when available
Teacher recommendation including a scale of 1-5 and commentary

More information can be found on the
STEAM Academy website.

Monmouth County Arts
Giftedness in one or more areas of artistic expression as evidenced via portfolio assessment and/or audition

If a student meets the academic criteria, the teacher completes an evaluation that measures learning behaviors and areas of exceptional student strength. These areas include core academic areas as well as critical thinking, creativity, leadership, intrinsic motivation, task commitment, and curiosity.
In grades 7-12, gifted and talented students will be guided by their grade level guidance counselor and their classroom teachers. Initial placement occurs in March and April of the preceding school year and on a case-by-case basis as needed. More information regarding gifted and talented can be found in the Program of Study.