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Exceptional & Special Needs


Students are considered to be gifted when they show (or show the potential for) remarkably high levels of accomplishment in learning rate, depth of knowledge, reasoning and problem-solving abilities when compared with others of their age, experience and environment. Giftedness may include intellectual, academic, artistic and kinesthetic talents.

Within CBE there are many available programs that may meet the needs of gifted students. For more information, please follow this link to Program Options

Students with exceptional cognitive abilities may be eligible for placement in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE).

GATE is for students in Grades 4-12 who have been identified as intellectually gifted. The goal of GATE is to support academic and personal development. GATE aims to encourage self-understanding and the achievement of individual potential. GATE programming allows gifted learners to work collaboratively in classes made up with like-minded peers for their academic studies. Students may progress at a faster pace through the regular curriculum (Alberta Education Programs of Study). They are provided with frequent opportunities to apply higher level thinking skills and diverse problem solving strategies to real world topics. There are opportunities to explore areas of particular interest through independent research. GATE students in junior high and high school have the same choices of complementary courses (options) as other students of the school. They are typically active in school wide activities and extracurricular programs. At the high school level GATE programming may also include courses selected from the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs.  Class sizes are typically between 16 and 27 depending upon the grade level and the complexity of the needs of the individual students.

GATE is accessed through a referral and placement process. Information about GATE locations and about the referral and placement process is provided in the following document:

To discuss how your student's needs are being met or to discuss a possible GATE referral, please contact your student's school. School personnel will find applicable forms within Forms A-Z in CBE insite. If your student is not currently registered in CBE, please contact:

Dr. Laurie Alisat, PhD
t | 403-817-7672
f | 403-777-8001
e | LALisat@cbe.ab.ca


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Dr. Laurie Alisat

e | lalisat@cbe.ab.ca

t | 403-817-7672


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