The Keyport School District identifies students for their Gifted & Talented Program beginning in Kindergarten. The formal pull-out Gifted & Talented Program begins in second grade and continues until eighth grade. Students are considered for the program using a matrix which consists of multiple measures (ie- National Assessments (PARCC), district benchmarks, student grades, teacher input.) Once identified, a parent notification and consent letter is sent home. Students are screened for the program using the SAGES-2 assessment , which is a nationally-normed assessment that tests aptitude and achievement. Using the results of the SAGES-2 assessment, a student may qualify for the Gifted & Talented Program in one or all of the following areas; math/critical thinking, language arts/social studies or abstract reasoning. If a child is not identified for the program using our multiple measures, a parent/guardian may complete and return a nomination form for the child to be considered from our Curriculum Office. There is a link to this form on the website.
The curriculum for the Keyport Gifted & Talented Program is project learning based with a strong foundation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) skills. Curriculum and instruction are based on best practices as recommended by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC.) Additionally, the Keyport Schools participate in the Shore Consortium for Gifted & Talented which has over 20 participating schools in Monmouth County.