About Us

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Established in 1981, Montclair State University's Gifted & Talented program provides engaging courses designed to meet the unique intellectual and social needs of high-ability students. Gifted students in grades K-11 have an opportunity to enroll in courses delivered over nine weekends in the fall and spring, as well as a six-week summer camp.  

High-achieving high school students, who want to challenge areas of intellectual curiosity are encouraged to apply for our high school classes. In addition to our high school summer camps, we offer intensive weekend classes and focused workshops during the traditional school year. Honors and AP level students can develop their skills in varied areas of study including advanced learning strategies, research techniques, and dance and theater.

Our Program

Our program provides students with a balanced program of humanities, mathematics, and the sciences. Courses stimulate higher order thinking skills and problem solving and include a diverse array of topics including forensics, robotics, fractals and infinity, debate, animation and cartooning. Because of our small class size and low teacher-student ratio, we are able to provide students with customized programs. Students delve into topics of personal interest while engaging with other students who have similar abilities and passions. Our instructors have diverse backgrounds and include university professors, teachers of the gifted, and professionals with real-world experience in the topics they present.

History

Over the years, the Montclair State University Gifted & Talented program has grown in the number of courses offered, the number of grade levels included and in the number of students enrolled.  During the first semester, 33 years ago, 77 students in grades 7-11 enrolled and were offered only two courses. In contrast, a total of 1,500 students register for approximately 200 courses today! 

Since the program’s inception in 1981, Montclair State University has served more than 10,000 academically gifted and talented students. They represent New Jersey, as well as out-of-state students from Philadelphia, Manhattan, Staten Island, Rockland, and Westchester counties.