By Jenna Pizzi/The Times of Trenton
on May 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM, updated May 29, 2014 at 11:05 PM
An excited crowd of parents and students got their first introduction Thursday night to the Trenton school district’s long-awaited gifted and talented program, which has begun accepting applications for classes next September.
The Donald O. Shelton Sr. Visual and Performing Arts Gifted and Talented program will be open to middle school students and will be located at the Joyce Kilmer Middle School.
The district has not had a gifted and talented program for more than a decade, and planning for the new one has long been in the making. Enrollment is limited to 50 or fewer students, and the selection process is expected to be very competitive. The district has more than 12,000 students.
Parents who attended last night said they were very excited for their children to have the opportunity to showcase their talents and be challenged in class to a much higher level.
Wilma Woodward said she hopes her daughter, Ayanda Tillman, 12, is one of the lucky ones.
“She is not being offered what she needs at school right now,” Woodward said.
Students who met the standards for applying to the program were invited to last night’s session, along with their parents, and school officials said they were surprised by the large turnout. More than 50 parents and students came for the introduction.