District Programs & Services for Students

The district offers many programs and services outside the regularly scheduled classroom time. Below is a brief explanation of the programs and services that students may take advantage of while in school in Galloway Township. You can scroll down to learn more, or click on the "quick link" below to take you directly to that section.

Basic Skills | ESL | Gifted & Talented | School Counselors | School Nurses

School Counseling: (CLICK HERE for more...)
Overview: The National Standards for School Counseling Programs facilitate student development in three board areas: academic development, career development and personal/social development. Following are the nine national standards.

 Academic Development
Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills contributing to effective learning in school and across the life span.
Standard B: Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options, including college.
Standard C: Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community.

 Career Development

Standard A: Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decision.
Standard B: Students will employ strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction.
Standard C: Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education and training and the world of work.

Personal/Social Development
Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.
Standard B: Students will make decisions, set goals and take necessary action to achieve goals.
Standard C: Students will understand safety and survival skills.

School counseling programs are collaborative efforts benefiting students, parents, teachers, administrators and the overall community. School counseling programs are an integral part of students' daily educational environment, and school counselors are partners in student achievement. 

Galloway Township Public Schools have one counselor in each of the elementary schools and one for each grade level at the middle school. The school counselors provide individual and small group counseling as well as classroom lessons on particular subjects related to the areas of: Careers/Study Skills, Social Skills, and Stress Management. Specific topics are addressed at each grade level such as: listening, attention, working with others, manners, personal space, feelings, sharing, telling vs. tattling, empathy, honesty, what is a good friend?, anger, self-control, what can you do?, conversation skills, relaxation, cliques/exclusion, solving friendship problems, organization, stress release ; gossip/rumors-how to stop, body language, how/why to study, telling NOT snitching, respecting others/differences, getting ready for Middle/High School, coping with loss and making good choices.

Additional information regarding the School Counseling program can be found on the School Counselors’ e-board or by clicking "click here for more.." at the top of the page which will take you to their website.

School Health Offices (Nurses): (CLICK HERE for more...)
Program Overview: The primary objective of school health services is to facilitate the educational process by improving and protecting the total health status of children and staff.

Program Objectives:

Please be advised that Board of Education policy and NJ State Law are very specific in regard to medication use in the educational setting and immunizations required for school attendance. Additional information regarding these regulations School Nurses and School Health Services program can be found on the School Nurses’ e-board or by clicking "click here for more.." at the top of the page which will take you to the website. All documents that need to be completed by your physician are also included on this site.

Basic Skills:
Mission Statement: The primary purpose of the basic skills program is to help at-risk students meet high standards based on the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. The program's mission will further focus on achieving accountability through student performance on state tests and additional high quality assessments.

Identification: Children who have been identified as having difficulty in making normal educational progress in basic skills are eligible for these special programs.

All New Jersey students must be assessed in basic skills each year to determine which students are meeting state approved proficiency standards (N.J.A.C. 6:8-3.3). The results of these assessments are to be used in determining which students are in need of services in basic skills improvement.

The Galloway Township Public School district uses multiple measures of assessment including standardized test scores, Fountas & Pinell reading level benchmarks, classroom performance, and a comprehensive checklist compiled by the classroom teacher covering a variety of academic performances areas including speaking, reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, memory, and organizational skills.

Instructional Delivery System:
Kindergarten: All work is done individually and in small groups, both in and out of the regular classroom. Strategies will vary according to students' different learning styles and developmental needs.

Grades 1-3: The Galloway Township Public School District is committed to early intervention. Intervention teachers work with students individually and in small groups. In first grade, students receive 30 minutes of guided reading instruction daily. In grades one and two, students meet for literacy and math instruction based upon need.

Grades 4-6: The Galloway Township Public School district's intervention program services students during school through push-in support in reading class as well as additional math and literacy support during intervention time. Placement is based upon a combination of PARCC results, grades, benchmark tests and class performance. Instruction is accordingly focused on the individual needs.

ESL (English as a Second Language):
Identification Process: All students who enter the district with a second language listed on the registration form are given an assessment. The WAPT or LAS assessments are typically used.

Course Philosophy:
The students will be able to:

Curriculum Overview: ESL is a developmental language program for non-native speakers. Instruction is provided to develop proficiency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. The program is consistent with a program plan filed each July with the State Department of Education and updated each October. Students included in the program are identified as limited English proficient in accordance with assessment procedures prescribed by the state. Students are exited upon meeting state established cut-off scores on a language proficiency test. The main goals are to prepare students to function successfully in mainstreamed classes to provide enough "survival" English to enable students to function in their new community.

Curriculum Objectives:
Students will:


GEM (Galloway Enrichment Model):
The Galloway Enrichment Model (GEM) is provided for those students who have been designated, via a matrix selection process, as "exceptionally abled" in grades four through six. Specifically, in grades 4 and 5, students are provided integrated enrichment units including math/technology, life/physical science, humanities and social sciences that strengthen student's critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills. In grade 6, GEM is delivered through a replacement social studies course. The curriculum meets all of the standards of the grade 6 history course while extending learning through projects, research and discovery.

The PEP (Primary Enrichment Program) Club in kindergarten through third grade, provides small group enrichment in reading and math. Participation in the Reading Club is based upon advanced vocabulary, speaking skills (expression and inflection), critical thinking, connecting ideas to real life situations, written expression, creativity, and benchmarking assessments. Math Club criteria includes the following: number sense; math "talk"; spatial sense; reasoning/logic ability; excitement/interest in math; and pre-assessment. All groups may change periodically to provide services to additional students.

GEM Mission Statement: The GEM Program will serve as a vehicle for radiating excellence throughout the school environment. A partnership of home, school, and community will challenge students to develop their talent potential to the fullest. The focus of the program is to instill a love of learning and to maximize creativity, task commitment, and productivity. The GEM program strives to further enhance and extend the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Statement of Philosophy: