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Gifted and Talented in Haddonfield

In agreement with The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Haddonfield School District defines gifted students as “those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains.” Haddonfield and the NAGC also believe that Gifted children may develop asynchronously: their minds are often ahead of their physical growth, and specific cognitive and social-emotional functions can develop unevenly.

Every student has unique needs, abilities and talents, and deserves opportunities that allow them to reach their full potential. In keeping with the district mission of “creating a challenging and diverse learning climate that promotes the development of the whole student,” the Haddonfield School District believes that gifted education should be a continuum of level-appropriate programming opportunities for gifted learners available both during and after school.

Grades 9 - 12

In Haddonfield Memorial High School (HMHS), the academic opportunities for students of all levels are plentiful. In addition to the wide variety of course subjects offered, multiple, differing levels of academic rigor are available. In addition to accelerated and advanced placement courses, HMHS also has partnerships with local universities enabling advanced HMHS students the additional challenge of taking college-credit courses while attending high school.

To complement its strong academic courses and outstanding athletic programs, HMHS offers a full slate of co-curricular activities. More than 90% of its students explore their interests through clubs, music and arts groups as well as service organizations.

Grades 3 - 8

Prior to the availability of accelerated and advanced placement classes, the Haddonfield School District provides HELP (Haddonfield Enrichment for Like-minded Peers), a program designed for identified gifted & talented learners in grades 3-8. The purpose of the HELP program is not only to address areas of cognitive growth commonly experienced by gifted learners, but to provide these students whose potential is so extraordinary, challenges beyond the curriculum that enable them to aspire to their level of talent development. In the Haddonfield School District such programming will be in the form of differentiated instruction and/or modifications to instructional programs within the classroom, as well as both formally and informally occurring optional extra-curricular activities.

Grades K - 2

Identified students in grades K-2 are placed on the K-2 Watch List which is in turn shared with their teachers to ensure level-appropriate instructional differentiation. Placement on the K-2 Watch List does not imply future acceptance into the HELP program, nor is being on the K-2 Watch List a prerequisite for acceptance into the HELP program.


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