Gifted & Talented
South Orangetown offers an array of programs and enrichment opportunities for high-ability learners. Services are designed to challenge students academically, build critical thinking skills, integrate technology, develop problem-solving and foster creative thinking.
During late winter/early spring of Grade 2, all students are assessed using the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). OLSAT scores, local assessments, state tests and teacher recommendations are all considered in the initial, formal identification process. Parents whose children are determined to be eligible for Gifted & Talented services are notified by mail in late spring. Starting in Grade 3, identified students may be placed in a cluster class and receive pull-out services with a gifted and talented (GT) teacher.
Identification is an ongoing process that continues through Grade 8.
William O. Schaefer Elementary School
Enrichment Teacher Robin Courtwright works informally with all students in Grades K-2. Differentiated lessons are closely aligned and support core curriculum with varied activities through whole class and small group instruction. Enriched learning through library and technology lessons enhance students’ general learning experience and include problem-solving, creative thinking, initiative and self-direction, discovery, higher order thinking, profound personal interest, self-acceptance and the courage to be different.
Cottage Lane Elementary School
GT teacher Kerry McBride provides pull-out and push-in lessons for identified students, supports cluster classroom teachers in developing differentiated instruction and offers school-wide enrichment activities in collaboration with Technology Education teacher Jacob Tanenbaum. Enrichment opportunities for all students include chess club, instrumental music instruction and robotics. Enrichment Teacher Robin Courtwright leads CLE’s Continental Math League program.
South Orangetown Middle School
SOMS features an array of opportunities for high-ability learners which include the Challenge Lab elective, accelerated and honors classes, Virtual High School courses and instrumental music instruction to more than a dozen after school clubs, such as Math Club, NYC Urban Debate League and Science Olympiads.
Tappan Zee High School
In addition to Honors and Advanced Placement classes in all content areas, Tappan Zee High School offers the rigorous Project Lead the Way engineering pathway, Virtual High School courses and dual-enrollment opportunities. Students also discover and develop interests through a rich assortment of extracurricular activities, honor societies and performing arts groups.