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Accelerated Programs (Gifted and Talented / IB)

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  • Gifted & Talented
    PAGT at School 28
  • Gifted & Talented Student
    Selection Process
  • Gifted & Talented
    Application Process 2020 
  • Accelerated
    Cohort/ IB
  • Advanced
    Placement AP
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Welcome to Accelerated Programs that encompasses Gifted & Talented Education
and the Accelerated Cohort at International High school

Core Belief

Department of Accelerated Programs recognizes that there are students who require differentiated programs and services beyond the core curriculum because of their exceptional abilities in a particular area. Our goal is provide a variety of learning opportunities, designed to meet the needs and challenge of these learners in various dedicated program settings. The district believes that these students should have a comprehensive articulated educational program, designed to maximize their unique abilities and to enhance personal growth. 

Guiding principles that will influence accelerated programs in their design, development and implementation focus on the importance of flexibility in the provision of services, ensuring that all students who could would, or should benefit have access to high level learning opportunities. 


About the Program

The Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented at School 28 is for students throughout the city in grades 2-8 who have qualified at the highest level through the gifted screening and identification process. These students need the challenge of a curriculum with highest rigor and expectations that will meet the students’ social, emotional, and academic needs. Students are grouped together in classrooms with other high achieving students where they work at an accelerated pace in all core subject areas, as well as engage in additional differentiated lessons, activities and project based learning.





Nomination, Screening, Identification & Selection of Students

All students not previously identified shall be eligible for nomination for the program each year. Nominations may be submitted by students themselves, teachers, parents or any person familiar with a student's abilities, potential, performance, and/or past records. Nominations shall be based on evidence of high level reasoning ability and/or the development of unique products that demonstrate unusual academic ability.

The screening stage creates a pool of students twice the size which will be selected for the program.  It uses existing data on the students at target grade levels.

  • Spring PARCC results will be used for students currently in Grades 4-7 as a screening measure for achievement in academic areas assessed. *Some adjustment for ELA scores may need to be made in order to balance the size of the pools for each area.
  • Unit Assessments will be used for students currently in Grades 1-3 as a screening measure for achievement in academic areas assessed.

This stage of the process requires the use of more off-level assessments to discern who top students are in each domain.  The Cognitive Abilities Test is used at all grade levels to find the most promising students in three domains: verbal, mathematical, and nonverbal.  Since the program will be organized in the three areas of Mathematics, English, and Science, these aptitude scores will be useful in rank ordering the students within each area for selection of the top 10% in a given grade level.  In addition to the COGAT, it is important to obtain teacher recommendations on these learners in their area of strength, with appropriate indicators for aptitude in these areas.

Students in the Paterson Public Schools will be assessed for Gifted and Talented starting in mid-February of each school year, using multiple measures that may include:
•       Cognitive Abilities Test
•       Teacher Questionnaire
•       Parent Questionnaire
•       Student Questionnaire
•       Report Card (2nd Marking Period)
•       Model Unit Assessments
•       Portfolio of Student Work

A selection committee, whose members have received training in gifted education, will review all applications as they are received.  This committee makes the final decision as to which students qualify for the program.
Any new students entering the Paterson Public Schools who are identified from another school district and miss the spring identification sessions will be screened during the first six weeks of the school year.  Students must be enrolled and attending to participate in the Identification Process.  Students enrolling from private schools are asked to call the Supervisor of Gifted & Talented Education for an appointment.

The selection process and evaluation process is in compliance with New Jersey Department of Education requirements for Gifted and Talented programs.

Gifted and Talented Application Process 2020 

Due to current enrollment we will only be screening students currently enrolled in grades 1-4.


Paterson Public Schools will be closed from Tuesday, March 17th, through Tuesday, March 31st, due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns. As a result, CogAT Testing scheduled for Saturday, March 21st has been cancelled.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


pdfGifted & Talented Application Process Timeline for Parents







About the Program

The Accelerated Cohort at International is designed specifically for students who have the motivation and habits of mind to meet above-grade level academic standards. The mission of this program is to provide a rigorous academic experience for students who have demonstrated high achievement across content areas in middle school and would like to begin exploring our more advanced curriculum and content in their ninth grade year. ACI students stand ready to make a commitment to their education and the culture of scholarship at International High School.  ACI fosters student preparedness for International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment courses in Grades 10-12.  The Accelerated Cohort maximizes students’ learning experiences and their opportunities for admission to selective colleges and universities.

In addition to the PPS graduation requirements, ACI students will:
1)    Participate in a family orientation prior to acceptance into the program.
2)    Maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average each quarter.
3)    Complete subject-specific summer assignments/readings.
4)    Participate in freshmen orientation
5)    Participate in at least one extracurricular activity/sport each year/National History Day.
6)    Complete 150 total community service hours.
7)    Apply and interview for summer academic experiences on college campuses after freshman year (International staff will support students through this application process). 

Application Process
Advanced credit programs such as the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment require mastery of pre-requisite skills to achieve the highest levels.
Applications for the Accelerated Cohort/International Baccalaureate Program at International High School will be available on the Accelerated Programs website beginning December 1, 2019.
All initial applications will be reviewed by the IB Committee and scored based on multiple measures that may include:
1)    Academic Record (Report Cards) 
2)    Most recent NJSLA Scores    
3)    Cognitive Abilities Test (where applicable)
4)    Teacher Recommendation (2 recommendations required from a current Math, ELA, Science and/or Social Studies)
5)    Guidance Counselor Recommendation
6)    Attendance Record
7)    Portfolio or Student Work
Then, interviews with the IB Committee will be assigned to those candidates who scored in the top half of the applicant pool.   
We are looking for students that are committed to academic excellence and growth.
Approximately 125 students will be selected for admission to the Paterson Public School Accelerated Cohort/ International Baccalaureate. Students selected for the program will be admitted to an honors program aimed at preparing students for the rigors of advanced coursework during their 11th and 12th grade years. The selection committee at International High School will review applications.

This year the IB Applications process will be done completely online. After you submit your application online please email your guidance counselor informing them of your application.  Guidance counselors will share the link with the teachers you have selected to complete your recommendations.     
Student Application (Please click on the link below to complete your application)

Information On 2020 AP Exam Administration Due To School Closures

Due to the school closures across the nation in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the College Board has significantly changed the structure and test dates for all Advanced Placement (AP) exams for 2020. Please review the highlights below and visit the College Board links for more in-depth information.


Test Structure Changes

• College Board has shortened the exam across all content areas to a 45-min exam session consisting of 1-2 free-response questions (no multiple-choice section).
• The free-response questions have been designed to assess learning from the first 75% of the content in each course.
• Additional information about new course content, expectations, and exam structure can be found on the College Board website.
• Students will complete their exams and then have 5 minutes at the conclusion of the test to upload their responses to the College Board.


Test Administration and Technology

• Since students will not be in school for the traditional paper exam, the College Board has streamlined the online testing format to ensure that students can take their exams from virtually any device (computer, smartphone or tablet), and if needed students will even be able to upload a picture of handwritten responses to submit for the exam.
• In late April, the College Board will email AP students directly with information on how to access the testing system on test day. Video demonstrations will be available so that students can familiarize themselves with the system.
• College Board will use the email address listed in the student’s College Board account to email each student. If you intend to take your exam, just use the instructions to log in on test day.
• Make sure the email entered during the fall registration is an active email that can receive emails directly from the College Board. You cannot use your Paterson Public School email since it will not accept external emails. Create a Gmail or other email account or use a parent email address instead.


AP Exam Schedule

• Each exam will be 45 minutes in length and consist of 1-2 free-response questions (FRQ).
• Portfolio deadlines for AP Art courses have been extended until May 26, 2020.
• Portfolio deadlines for AP SEMINAR Performance Tasks have been extended to May 26, 2020.
• The online exams will be offered on May 11-May 22, 2020. The 45-minute test sessions will start at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm. College Board has revised the schedule so no two exams are offered at the same time.
Visit this link to see when specific exams are scheduled:
• Makeup exams will be offered from June 1- June 5, 2020. All students are strongly encouraged to take their exams during the primary exam window in May. If you experience any technical difficulties in May, you will have the opportunity to complete a technical incident report and be re-scheduled to take the makeup exam in June.


Test Day Protocols/Test Security

• Each exam will be given on the same day and same time worldwide.
• Exams are open book and open note, but all work should be original student work. Free-response questions are designed to assess student ability for higher-order critical thinking (analysis, evaluation, and synthesis). Rubric points will not be earned for content that can be found in textbooks or online. If you can find the answer on Google it is not the answer they are looking for!!
• Test day tools and post-test analytics will be used to prevent and detect cheating, including plagiarism. College Board will enact consequences for instances of cheating, and schools will be notified, including the colleges and universities you are applying to.
• During the test session, identify verification will be required and students will have to confirm that the work submitted is their own. Visit this link for more information about test security:


Test Cancellations

This year, the College Board has waived the cancellation fee for all AP tests. If you decide to not take an AP exam that you have registered for, please let your teacher know immediately. We are strongly encouraging every student who registered in the fall to take their scheduled exams; however, should you choose to cancel your test we must be informed.
Finally, please make sure to visit the College Board website in the next few weeks leading up to AP testing. There are constant updates to test content and technology requirements in order to take your AP test, as well as free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. Visit this link for more information about these online courses.


Advanced Placement AP

pdfAP Central - The College Board Homepage

pdfAP Audit Course Renewal and Course Addition Process School Year 

pdfIntroduction and training on PSAT AP Potential 

pdf AP Calendar with Important Dates and Deadlines 

pdfCollege Board Teacher Training Opportunities

pdf CREDITS BEFORE COLLEGE From AP Classes To Real Courses: Using Online Education To Get Ahead 

Important Links

pdfNew Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC)

pdfNational Association of Gifted Children (NAGC)   

pdfJohns Hopkins University (CTY) Center for Talented Youth

pdfJack Kent Cooke Foundation

pdfDavidson Institute for Talent Development

pdfRutgers Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics 

pdfRutgers University - Gifted Education Certificate Program 


International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme spans grades 11-12 and affords students the opportunity to study six subject areas in-depth. The courses offered at International  are Language A1 (English), Language B (Foreign Language – Mandarin, Spanish, or French), History of the Africa and the Middle East, Environmental Systems and Societies or Physics, Math (studies and standard level), and Visual Arts. To qualify as an IB DP candidate students must also fulfill 150 Community Action and Service hours, complete a research paper (Extended Essay: 2500 – 4000 words), and take a Theory of Knowledge course (philosophy). This course of study and success in the International Baccalaureate Organization’s external assessments allows students to receive the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to their New Jersey State High School Diploma.

pdf Choosing an International Baccalaureate or IB Program

Catherine Forfia-Dion                   

Principal of IB & Accelerated Programs

Rita Routé

Supervisor of Student Enrichment & Advanced Learning Programs
(973) 321-0819 Central Office
(973)321-0280  PAGT @ School #28








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