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About the Navigators Program

A place of unbounded imagination!

Program Overview

Deal School Navigators Statement of Criteria


“Gifted and talented students” means students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability in one or more content areas when compared to their chronological peers in the local school district and require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities. (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1)


Navigators Enrichment Program Mission Statement:  Through empowered learning and global collaboration and communication, students will develop innovative, critical, and creative thinking skills. The goals of the program will be supported by a technology-enriched, inquiry-based curriculum that generates excitement and intellectual rigor for students as they explore their gifts and talents. Throughout the program, students are given the opportunity to explore robotics, digital communication, computer graphics, alternative and solar energies, sustainability, place-based social issues, and a variety of maker’s STEaM activities.

Program Overview:

The Deal School District provides a comprehensive, differentiated approach for students from kindergarten through grade eight who meet the criteria for the Gifted and Talented Program. The program provides for the academically and intellectually gifted. Four major goals provide the underlying structure for the entire program: innovation, critical and creative thinking, global collaboration, and communication through empowered learning. These goals are supported by technology-enriched, inquiry-based curricula that generate excitement and intellectual rigor for the students.

Identification Timeline:

Recommendations may be considered at any time throughout the year and students may be invited to join the program at the beginning of any marking period.  Incoming 2nd graders and new students to the Deal School will be assessed and admitted or declined by October 1st or by the end of the current marking period of their enrollment. 



Strong Recommendation by staff and Principal of a 92 or higher on recommendation, outstanding distinction, academic achievement, talent, or accomplishment.


Program Contacts:

Program Director: Lindsey Pietrocola, facilitator/teacher

Program Coordinator and Supervisor: Mr. Donato Saponaro, Superintendent

Deal School District Policy: Gifted and Talented Pupils Policy #2464 

Scope and Sequence are listed on Navigators sub-pages:

Navigators K/1

Navigators 2/3

Navigators 4/5

Navigators 6/7/8

Approved Curriculum is located here: Curriculum

For more information regarding state and national information visit these sites: 

NJDOE Gifted Portal  


National Association for Gifted Children website:

Additional Parent Resources:

Hoagies Gifted Education Site  

Resources for Educators & Parents During COVID-19

  1. Meet two of the following four criteria:
    1. Parent, teacher, guidance or principal recommendation
    2. Outstanding potential in one or more content areas
    3. Academically and intellectually gifted checklists
    4. Above Average NJSLA, Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI), DRA and/or Link-It Scores, and/or relevant test scores from the previous district