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Mt. Laurel's Enrichment & Gifted ProgramsTop of Page

The Mount Laurel School District is committed to providing an educational program in which students may grow to become productive and contributing members of society. To encourage optimum achievement, the schools' learning environment must provide challenging learning opportunities matched to the needs and talents of students with high potential.

The Gifted Academic Program Strives to provide challenging curriculum while enhancing a student's self-efficacy. Student-centered program goals, educational needs, and a collaborative planning process determine program content. The program is designed to provide an array of learning opportunities that helps students realize their potential, instills a desire to develop their talents and abilities, and encourages scholastic rigor.

Student nominations are accepted in April, with placement decisions for the following school year being made prior to September. Nomination forms will be provided online during this period.

 
Enrichment  - Grades 1 and 2
Students are provided in-class instruction using curriculum designed to meet students' academic needs and prepare them for potential admission into the district's Gifted Academic program.
 
Gifted Academic Program (G.A.P.) - Grades 3 and 4
Students participate in a "pull out" program or the equivalent of one school day per week.
Students are served in their home schools. Gifted specialists provide a curriculum that supports student-driven, inquiry-based learning, research skills, 21st Century Skills
(Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking), Technology Literacy ad Digital Citizenship, Habits of Mind, and Affective Education.
 
Hartford School Gifted Program
The G.A.P. Program at Hartford School for grades 5 and 6 is delivered through our Related Arts classes. All Hartford students are scheduled for Related Arts classes, but the content for this program is adapted to meet the needs of our gifted students.
5th Grade Related Arts: Spanish, Music, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)
and Financial Literacy
6th Grade Related Arts: French, Art, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)
and TAPS (Theater Arts Public Speaking)
Harrington Middle School
Students in grades 7 and 8 may qualify for enriched classes in specific areas.
 
Additional Resources for Parents:
 

G.A.P. and Enrichment Nomination InformationTop of Page

What: The Mt Laurel Gifted Academic Program (G.A.P.) supports qualified third and fourth grade students. Qualified first and second grade students receive enrichment support.
Who: Students in current grades 1-4 who excel in academic subjects and are performing significantly ahead of their grade level peers.  For help in determining whether your child should be in a gifted program, resources from the National Association for Gifted Children may offer some guidance:
When: The nomination period is open April 1 to April 18.   Forms must be returned to your school office no later than April 18th.  
Where: All Mount Laurel elementary schools through grade 5 at Hartford.
How: Student nomination forms can be printed using the online link and are also available in your school office.  A portfolio will be created for each candidate and will include: Student nomination form, Teacher recommendation, a school ability index, and content area assessments.  Testing will take place in May.
Please note:
Nomination is necessary for any grade 2 student that you wish to be considered for entry into the program for Grade 3.  Students who were in the grade 2 enrichment program need to be nominated to participate in the G.A.P. program. Students who were in grade 1 program do not need to be re-nominated to participate in the 2nd grade enrichment program.
Students cannot be enrolled into the G.A.P. program outside of the nomination process timeline.  
Students who were not nominated, or not accepted, may be re-nominated for consideration in March of the following year.
Program Acceptance: Decisions regarding G.A.P. admissions will be made over the summer and sent via US mail.
 
To nominate your child, please use the form at the link provided below.