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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Which students are eligible for consideration in the Gifted and Talented program?
Any student in grades K through 12 can be considered for the Gifted and Talented program.

In what area(s) can a student receive Gifted and Talented services? 
New Jersey regulations define gifted and talented students as those “who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the local district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.”

How can students be considered for the Gifted & Talented program?
In order to be considered for the Gifted and Talented Program, a recommendation form must be completed and submitted to the Central Office, located on the third floor of Bound Brook High School, no later than April 17th. The recommendation form can be found here.

Who can recommend a student for the Gifted & Talented program?
Parents, peers, teachers, administrators, or guidance counselors may recommend students. Students may also recommend themselves.

How will eligibility for the Gifted and Talented program be determined?

As per New Jersey regulations, the identification process for Gifted and Talented programs should consist of multiple measures, including achievement test scores, grades, student performance or products, intelligence testing, and recommendations. Bound Brook School District’s Gifted and Talented program determines eligibility based on the following criteria:

  • Recommendation
  • Permission slip
  • Academic review
  • Portfolio
  • Aptitude test (CogAT 7)


What is the CogAT 7?
The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) is a trusted test used to qualify children for gifted and talented programs. The test measures reasoning and problem solving skills in the areas of:
  • Verbal
  • Quantitative (mathematics)
  • Spatial or non-verbal (using shapes and figures to solve problems

This is not an achievement test or an intelligence test. Rather, it assesses reasoning abilities in the verbal, mathematical, and spatial arenas. For additional information, please click here.

What can I expect after a recommendation form is submitted?

Once the recommendation form is received, a formal evaluation process will begin. All applicants will be notified by early June as to whether they have qualified for services or if their current program is appropriately meeting their educational needs.


Where can I learn more about New Jersey’s Gifted and Talented requirements?

Additional information can be found on New Jersey’s website: http://www.state.nj.us/education/genfo/faq/faq_gandt.htm