GRO Program

Mrs. Dasti


What’s GRO?

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools gifted program is called Gifted Reach Out, known as 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.


Program Features

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Accelerated or advanced content
  • More complex understandings of generalizations, principles, theories, and the structure of the content area
  • Abstract concepts and thought processes or skills
  • Appropriation of longer/shorter time span for learning
  • Generating new information and/or products
  • Transfer of learning to new/different disciplines, situations
  • Development of personal growth and sophistication in attitudes, appreciations, feeling, and intuition
  • Independence of thought and study

Parental Role

The parents' role is to model the importance of education. At home, parents should continue to encourage the love of reading, develop an acceptance of responsibilities and the enjoyment of accomplishments. Teaching respect and self-worth are the keys to successful life-long experiences.


Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, GRO testing for the 20-21 school year will not take place as it usually would in May/June and will be addressed in the Fall.

Testing for the Gifted Reach Out Program

Parents of 1st-4th graders interested in having their child tested for the district’s gifted program (GRO) should send a written request no later than April 3, 2020 to their child’s classroom teacher. Testing for those eligible will begin in May/June for entrance into the program beginning September 2020. In conjunction with GRO testing, multiple measures will be considered. Central office will mail home the results during the summer break.

Parents of new students to the district can have their child tested for GRO during the first trimester only.  Please contact me as soon as possible if you feel your child is a potential candidate.  If you enter after the first trimester, testing will take place in May/June.

Parents of new students to the district AND were previously in a gifted and talented program in another school district are tested throughout the year based upon confirmation of prior enrollment in a gifted program from the student’s former school.

The GRO program provides enrichment for students who have demonstrated high capabilities. The work presented is above grade level and is rigorous. Children are expected to fulfill their regular classroom and GRO proficiencies during the year.

The Box

Bright Child

Knows the answers

Is interested

Is attentive

Has good ideas

Works hard

Answers the questions

Top group

Listens with interest

Learns with ease

6-8 repetitions for mastery

Understands ideas

Enjoys peers

Grasps the meaning

Completes assignments

Is receptive

Copies accurately

Enjoys school

Absorbs information


Good memorizer

Enjoys straightforward, sequential presentation

Is alert

Is pleased with own learning


Gifted Learner

Asks the questions

Is highly curious

Is mentally and physically involved

Has wild, silly ideas

Plays around, yet tests well

Discusses in detail, elaborates

Beyond the group

Shows strong feelings and opinions

Already knows

1-2 repetitions for mastery

Constructs abstractions

Prefers adults

Draws inferences

Initiates projects

Is intense

Creates a new design

Enjoys learning

Manipulates information


Good guesser

Thrives on complexity

Is keenly observant

Is highly self-critical

FAQ about Spring/Fall 2020 GRO Testing

  1. What kind of tests will my child be taking? 

Your child will be evaluated using a gifted indicator rating scale & a standardized test which measures abstract thinking and reasoning abilities. 

  1. Who administers the standardized tests?

The GRO teachers.

  1. Who completes the gifted indicator rating scale?

Classroom Teachers, Specialists, and/or any school professional that has recommended the student for testing.

  1. When does the testing take place?

Testing will start mid-September until testing is completed at all schools. 

Specific testing dates will vary based on teachers and school schedules, as well as attendance and room availability.

  1. How will the standardized test be given if my child is 100% remote?

Your child will need to come to school in order to take the standardized test. Once the permission form has been completed, an assigned time(s) to take the test will be sent to you. Virtual Fridays and afternoon appointments may be utilized to minimize the amount of people in the building. 

You will need to fill out a Covid Screening Form for your child prior to entering the building for the testing session. 

You will need to arrange transportation for your child to come to the building for all testing sessions and be expected to wait outside for your child to complete the test. 

Classroom & Specials teachers will be notified of the GRO testing time, so virtual students attendance can be accounted for.

  1. How will the test be administered if my child is in cohort A or B?

Testing for cohorts A & B will usually take place during their regular in school time while your child is in the building. However, specific testing dates will vary based on teachers and school schedules, as well as attendance and room availability.

There is also a possibility that your child may be asked to attend an afternoon or virtual Friday testing session. (please see question #5 for further information)

  1. Does my child need to study for the GRO test?

Your child cannot study for these standardized tests. However, if you would like to prepare your child for the experience of taking a standardized test, you can have them practice listening skills and logical thinking puzzles.

Since masks are required to be worn while in the building, having your child practice mask stamina prior to taking the test might be helpful.

  1. How long is the testing process?

Grades 4 & 5 will have one test sitting of approximately 60 minutes. 

Grades 2 & 3 will have two test sittings of approximately 60 minutes each which will be held on two separate days.

  1. When will we find out the results of the GRO testing?

GRO teachers submit all testing results to the Central Office, which will then mail or email the results to your home.

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