Family and community engagement is essential to student success, and our goal is to help families provide the support critical to foster learning and growth. We know that investing time, resources, and guidance will improve our neighborhoods, the city of East Orange, and the future of our children, both in school and later in life. We invite you to believe in our students and engage in education.


The East Orange School District has expanded our mass telephone communications system to one that allows us to send district-level emergency and non-emergency messages to parents by text messaging via the SchoolMessenger System. This new system provides a faster, more direct way for EOSD to get information out quicker.
The text-messaging feature will not replace current communication methods. Schools will continue to send letters home and place automated calls to share school information with parents.
The new SchoolMessenger distribution system uses wireless/cell phone numbers that parents provide to the Department of Operations to be able to receive text messages. All wireless/cell phone numbers will be stored in FOCUS, our Student Information System, as a part of the students’ important contact information. If the primary contact for each student would like to receive district level text messages regarding emergency and non-emergency events, please make sure the East Orange School District has your cell phone number on file. You may submit your cell phone number by visiting the Department of Operations, East Orange Board of Education, 4th Floor, 199 4th Ave. East Orange, New Jersey. Once your cell phone number is in or Student Information System, you can Opt In to receive text messages by texting Y to 68453. Message and data rates may apply.


According to the National Association for Gifted Children:
Students with gifts and talents perform or have the capability to perform at higher levels compared to others of the same age, experience, and environment in one or more domains. They require modification(s) to their educational experience(s) to learn and realize their potential.
A teacher, administrator, counselor, parent, peer, self, or any other person having reason to believe that the student should be identified as gifted or talented may refer a student. The person initiating the referral shall sign the referral form and date it. School personnel shall collect the data required to satisfy the initial referral criteria.
The nomination form is available below. Please sign and return it in a sealed envelope to the school.
To accomplish its philosophy, the East Orange School District’s Gifted Program (G/T) will provide a continuum of services for the exceptional learner, designed to address specific needs and levels of giftedness from kindergarten through 12th grade.
For all G/T Students: Differentiated Instruction/Renzulli Learning:
Effective differentiated instruction will be available in the general education classroom to ensure that all students meet their highest potential. Differentiation will consist of carefully planned, coordinated learning experiences in ELA, math, social studies, and science that extend the core curriculum strategies of enrichment and integrate instructional strategies that engage learners at appropriate levels of challenge. In addition, identified students will have access to Renzulli Learning. Renzulli Learning is an interactive online system that provides a personalized learning environment for students, designed to increase engagement and achieve higher academic performance. Renzulli Learning supports strength-based personalized learning in all subjects.
For Kindergarten through Grade 5:
Students identified as gifted learners in the primary grades will receive enrichment programming in the general education classroom with extensions to the classroom curriculum. Extensions will include adjustments to the curriculum for students who have already mastered grade-level material that enhance critical and creative thinking, logical reasoning, and problem-solving strategies through project-based learning.
For Grades 6 through 8:
Students identified as advanced learners in the middle grades will receive academic instruction at the honors level in all four major content areas: English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies. The honors program provides an acceleration of curriculum and instructional pacing to those who have already mastered grade-level content, as well as the opportunity to enroll in advanced courses earlier in their middle school career. In honors courses, we match the level and complexity of the curriculum with the readiness and motivation of the advanced learner.
For Grades 9 through 12:
Students identified as advanced learners in secondary grades will receive academic instruction at the honors and/or advanced placement level in all major content areas and in specialized courses as identified in the East Orange High School Program of Study. Advanced coursework affords students the opportunity to master the accelerated curriculum as well as earn college credits through dual enrollment.


Deborah Harvest
Assistant Superintendent
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Denine Burney-Brandon
Confidential Secretary
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Jeannita Brown
Assistant Secretary
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Gayle Paris
Data Clerk
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Candi Roman
District Safety, Climate & Culture Specialist
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Bridgett Venable-Foreman
Technology/FOCUS Trainer
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