Gemini Entrance Criteria

  • The criteria used for admission to the GEMINI program will be considered and evaluated in a Baldwin Matrix, by the district Gemini committee, which will include the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, the building principals, and the district Gemini teacher.  These criteria include:


    o   NWEA Reading Assessment

    o   NWEA Mathematics Assessment

    o   Inview Test of Cognitive Skills, (verbal and non-verbal portions) Children achieving the 90th percentile or above on both the NWEA Reading and Mathematics assessments, will be eligible for the InView cognitive screening. 

    o   Renzulli Rating Scales completed by a student’s current and previous teachers, which includes review of a student’s performance in areas of leadership, creativity, motivation and learning.

    The selection process takes place after standardized tests have been reviewed.  Students are selected in grade 3, and begin their participation September of 4thgrade.  New entrants to the Herricks School District are screened after a three-month transition period for possible inclusion in the Gemini program. Parental permission must be obtained prior to the enrollment of any child in the program.  The progress of children who do not initially meet the criteria will be continually monitored, in order to be responsive to each child’s individual needs.