In accordance with common practice and child development, the West Orange Schools have instituted classroom enrichment opportunities for grades K-2 and High Aptitude Program (HAP) classes for grades 3-7.
Gifted and talented students in grades K-2 are identified for classroom enrichment opportunities provided they demonstrate the ability to work above grade level in several curriculum areas, progress at a more rapid pace than the typical student, and consistently display a preponderance of traits that indicate self-motivation, and the ability to work independently and creatively. Identified students are assigned tasks by the classroom teacher to enhance their overall learning experience.
Gifted and talented students in grades 3-7 are selected for inclusion in HAP by a screening process that includes classroom performance ratings that demonstrate gifted behaviors, standardized test results, and ability assessments. Parents of students not selected for HAP may appeal the decision by requesting a Parental Appeal form from the building principal. The principal will convene the building HAP committee to review the appeal. The curricular focus of HAP is problem solving challenges that require the development and use of the higher levels of thinking skills. Students in grades 3-5 leave their regular classroom for instruction one day per week for approximately one and a half to two and three-quarter hours. Students are transported to Central Office for this program. Students in grades 6 and 7 meet one period per day at their respective middle school.
In addition to the regular pull-out HAP program, a school-based enrichment program is provided for students in grades 3-5. Enrichment classes in language arts, math, science and social studies are provided to students selected by classroom teachers who have demonstrated an interest and ability to participate in that content area.