Gifted students are those students who demonstrate high levels of academic accomplishment or show exceptional academic potential beyond their age peers of similar experience or environment. These students need advanced and complex content that is paced and sequenced to respond to their intellectual curiosity, exceptional problem-solving abilities, and rapid acquisition and mastery of information.

The PWCS Gifted Education Program offers pull-out resource services in Kindergarten through 12th grade for students whose learning needs cannot be entirely met in the general education classroom setting.

Gifted students typically have one of more of the following characteristics.

Curious, questioning attitude

Keen observer

Vivid imagination

Learns quickly

Sophisticated sense of humor

Exceptional memory

Sensitive to human issues, fairness, justice

Strong communication skills

Motivated to learn or develop a skill

Quick to learn a second language

Intense interests

Enjoys problem solving


The gifted education identification process is ongoing throughout the school year. A student may be referred at any time by a parent, professional, Division wide screening tool, or self-referral. The process begins with the completion of a referral form. These forms are available below.


Gifted referral form - English (PDF) 


Gifted referral form – Spanish (PDF) 


Please return your referral form to Carolyn Ciminelli, the gifted education resource teacher at Old Bridge Elementary. If you would like a printed copy of the referral form, if you have any questions about gifted services, if you or would like more information, please contact Mrs. Ciminelli at

More information about the gifted identification process and gifted services can also be found on the PWCS Gifted Education website.