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 academy.  

High-achieving high school students, who want to challenge areas of intellectual curiosity are encouraged to apply for our AP and independent study courses.

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, debate, animation, astrophysics, and epidemiology. 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.


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, we regularly have over 300 onsite students and many more who participate offsite or online as of 2016.

Since the program’s inception in 1981, Montclair State University has served more than 10,000 academically gifted and talented students. Our students come from an average of 100 different towns in New Jersey as well as a diverse array of out-of-state and international students from Pennsylvania, New York, and even South Korea.