GRO

GRO

Mrs. Cave

The Gifted Reach Out Program (GRO)

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools gifted program is called Gifted Reach Out or GRO.  It serves the identified population of gifted students in grades two through five.  This enrichment pullout program offers students the chance to interact with peers of similar ability, while remaining a part of the regular classroom setting. Once admitted into the program, the students meet with the GRO teacher for small group instruction.  These groups provide the opportunity for the gifted child to interact with, stimulate and be stimulated by his/her peers, while enjoying individual or small group attention. GRO encourages independent learning, research, and individual product development.  Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills are stressed.  Students are challenged to become consumers and producers of knowledge. Students are exposed to new subjects with the intent to broaden their interests and enhance their present grade level core curriculum based upon student interest. The GRO program provides enrichment for students who have demonstrated high academic abilities. The work is above grade level and is rigorous. Children are expected to fulfill their regular classroom and GRO proficiencies during the year.

Testing for the Gifted Reach Out Program

Students considered eligible for the GRO program are evaluated in May/June by formal assessments using multiple measures. Students who were previously in a gifted and talented program in another school district are granted admission to the GRO program based upon confirmation of prior enrollment in a gifted program from the student’s former school.

Parents of current first through fourth grade children who are interested in having their child tested for the district’s gifted program (GRO) should send a written request to their child’s classroom teacher by April 24th of each school year.  Testing will begin in May and the testing results will be mailed home at the end of June or early July.


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