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Board Office
359 Woodland Road

Madison, NJ 07940

Phone: 973-593-3101

K-5 Elementary Education
R.E.A.C.H. Program
Reaching and Exploring Academic and Creative Heights
Mrs. Wallace's Website

Goals and Objectives

The goals of Madison Public Schools' Enrichment Program are:

  • To foster curiosity and lifelong learning skills
  • To nurture creative problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • To plan and develop a product using a variety of organization and planning tools
  • To encourage independent learning

 Madison meets the needs of the all students by:

  • Providing meaningful hands-on activities to foster divergent and convergent thinking
  • Encouraging intellectual risk-taking, curiosity, and intrinsic motivation
  • Identifying individual interests and providing opportunities for in-depth learning
  • Allowing students opportunities to develop increased self-awareness, self-esteem, and positive peer relationships
  • Encouraging students' independence to initiate, create and evaluate during the learning process

 Program Overview and Design

 The Madison School District recognizes its responsibility to provide a program to meet the diverse abilities, needs, and interests of all students.


Grade K

Assemblies and Multicultural Activities

Grades 1, 2

Assemblies and Multicultural Activities

Push-In Whole Class Activities

Grade 3

Assemblies and Multicultural Activities

After-school Enrichment Clubs

Pull-out workshops for identified students

Grades 4, 5

Assemblies and Multicultural Activities

After-school Enrichment Clubs

Instrumental Lessons

Pull-out workshops for identified students

2016-2017 R.E.A.C.H. Program Identification:

Identification for students in grades 3-5 takes place by mid-September and R.E.A.C.H. cycles will begin later that month. Students are identified for R.E.A.C.H. services in humanities and/or STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The R.E.A.C.H. program runs in cycles of 6-8 weeks, alternating between humanities and STEM sessions. To learn more about the criteria for inclusion in the R.E.A.C.H. program click on the document below:


If you have placement questions please contact Janine Loconsolo, Supervisor of Elementary Education, at loconsoloj@madisonnjps.org or Kathleen Wallace, district-wide R.E.A.C.H. teacher, at wallacek@madisonnjps.org.


Gifted Education Internet Resources:

National Association for Gifted Children  

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, 410-516-0337. Offers summer residential program and school year distance learning courses for students in grades 1-8.

Gifted and Talented Institute
Located at the Wilson School in Mountain Lakes, the G&T Institute is a Saturday morning academic program for motivated youngsters in grades K-8. With course offerings in science, math, law, writing, chess, public speaking, and many other areas, the G&T Institute is proud to be celebrating our 24th year of excellence in enrichment.

Gifted Child Society
190 Rock Rd., Glen Rock, 201-444-6530. Non-profit organization offer Sat. morning workshops, summer programs, parent seminars and educator training.

International Ivy School-Year Enrichment
(Previously Ivy Clubhouse)
908-899-1338, email info@ivyclubhouse.com
• Summit: Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Ave. (after-school)
• Short Hills: The Pingry School, 50 Country Day Dr. (weekends)
• Edison: Wardlaw-Hartridge School, 1295 Inman Ave. (weekends)
After-school and weekend enrichment for ages 2-14 including Lego robotics, video game creation, Minecraft, chess, Singapore Math, competitive math training, language arts, investment and entrpreneurship, debate, cooking, hip-hop dance, visual arts and Destination Imagination. Ivy Kidz Program developed by gifted and talented teachers to enable young children to explore the sciences, arts, economics, world cultures and technology. Minecraft birthday parties.

Montclair State University Academically Gifted/Talented Youth Programs
Montclair State University, Center for Continuing Education, Upper Montclair, 973-655-4104. Weekend and summer enrichment courses for gifted students in grades 1-11. POGO (Parents of Gifted Offspring) workshop series.
Sept, Feb. Open House in Sept. for fall, Feb. for spring semester.

National Society for the Gifted & Talented
Non-profit organization created to help identify and encourage gifted and talented youth provides information about educational resources, gifted programs, scholarships and more.

New Jersey Association for Gifted Children
PO Box 667, Mount Laurel, 856-273-7530. Volunteer organization hosts student, parent and educator workshops, annual conference, supports advocacy and maintains website providing information and resources for gifted children in New Jersey.

Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, 908-526-1200 ext. 8404. Gifted and talented classes are offered during the summer for ages 8-12. Before- and after-care available.

Summer Institute for the Gifted
River Plaza, 9 W. Broad St., Stamford, CT, 866-303-4744. Day and residential programs for gifted students ages 4-18.

 Click here for more internet resources on gifted education