Eligibility

Gifted & Talented's weekend and summer programs require evidence of high aptitude, and/or achievement for children in Grades K-10. 

Public school students, independent school students, or homeschooled students who meet one (1) of the following criteria are invited to apply to the Gifted & Talented Program:

  • Students who have scored at the 95th percentile or above in at least two of the major content areas or ability sections of a nationally-normed standardized test or at the highest performance level on a state test administered by their schools. This typically translates into a Level 5 on the PARCC exam, or what used to be a 250+ on the NJASK.
  • An IQ score of 130 or above on an individualized IQ test
  • Students who have been identified as gifted and/or who have participated successfully in a school-based gift and talent development program or a nationally recognized program (e.g., Center for Talented Youth, Davidson Institute, etc.)  must submit evidence of participation with the MSU application.
  • If no local or school gifted program exists, or if your child does not attend public school, two letters of recommendation must be submitted from either educators or individuals familiar with the student in an instructional setting to attest to their abilities. 

Acceptable Eligibility Documents

All applicants must submit a copy of their most recent report card to demonstrate grade level only. In addition to a recent report card, an applicant must submit one (1) of any of the following documents in order to be considered for the Gifted & Talented Program:

  • Standardized test scores
  • Recommendation letter from an educator
  • IQ Test Scores
  • Gifted & Talented Educator Recommendation Form- Recommendation Form-Spring and Fall
  • Psychoeducational Evaluation

All eligibility documentation must be sent via email to giftedmsu@montclair.edu or faxed to (973) 655-7895, Attn: Gifted & Talented Program. All application information and eligibility documents must be submitted in order for your child's application to be considered complete. An applicant will not be considered for admission until all documents are received by the Gifted & Talented program.

New applicants must submit all required documentation. Returning students who have attended the Gifted & Talented Program within the past two years do not need to submit additional documentation. 

Psychoeducational Evaluations

The Psychological Services Clinic (PSC) at MSU offers psychoeducational evaluations to the MSU community and beyond, ages 4-adult. Evaluations are designed to establish current functioning in academic, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and social domains. 

Potential clients come to the clinic with eligibility for accommodations at the elementary, secondary and college level, Gifted and Talented programs, and/or private school admission. All services at the PSC are provided by graduate students in school psychology at MSU under the supervision of experienced and credentialed/licensed faculty in the Psychology Department. Evaluations are conducted over the course of 4 sessions with intake and interpretive feedback meetings. Clients receive full reports with evidence-based recommendations for school, home and/or outside interventions.

For more information, please visit Montclair State University's Psychological Services Clinic page or contact Julia Coyne, Assistant Director Clinical and School Psychology Training at coynej@mail.montclair.edu or call 973-655-3527 to arrange an appointment.

 


*Ages 5-16