Gifted Education


  • Overview
  • Identification
  • Community School
  • Programs
  • GATE specialized class
  • Placement process
  • Resources


This area provides information about identification and programming for students who are intellectually gifted.

The CBE meets the needs of students who have been identified as intellectually gifted in many settings including:

  • Their designated CBE community or neighbourhood school with support from an individualized program plan (IPP)
  • CBE Alternative Programs
  • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Specialized Class


Students are gifted when they perform, or show potential for performing, remarkably high levels of accomplishment in learning rate, depth of knowledge, and reasoning and problem-solving abilities when compared with others of their age, experience, and environment. (Alberta Education, 2004)

Alberta Education uses a broad definition of giftedness including intellectual, academic, artistic and kinesthetic talents Special Education Coding Criteria for Gifted and Talented: (ECS-12: Code 80), pg. 6.

In accordance with Alberta Education guidelines, the diagnosis of intellectual giftedness is completed through intelligence testing by a registered psychologist.

To be identified with the special education need “Gifted and Talented”, the following conditions must be met:

  • The student is identified as intellectually gifted
  • Giftedness impacts the student’s educational programming needs.
  • The student receives individualized support within the educational environment for giftedness

Community School

Students who meet the criteria for the special education identification “Gifted and Talented” are provided programming based on the results of specialized assessment and communicated through an Individualized Program Plan (IPP).

The regular classroom in the community school is the first placement consideration for educational programming for students who are gifted.

Programming is provided in accordance with the following policy documents:


Several CBE Programs and CBE Alternative Programs (Program Choices) may address the exceptional interests and skills of gifted learners.

Examples of these programs include (but are not restricted to):

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) - Grades 4-12

Who is it for?
Students identified as intellectually gifted whose learning needs are best met in a congregated setting.

Offers an array of curriculum opportunities designed to meet gifted students’ diverse needs, interests, and abilities.

For more information: Specialized Classes and Unique Settings p.43 and the GATE brochure

GATE Information Nights

North Classes
Grades 4-6 Hillhurst School
1418 - 7 Avenue NW
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Grades 7-12 Queen Elizabeth High School
512 - 18 Street NW
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm
South Classes
Grades 4-12 *Henry Wise Wood High School
910 - 75 Avenue SW
*All South GATE schools will be present

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Involves a referral and selection process

Program locations

School designation change for Grade 4 to Grade 9 GATE students for 2014-15 (pdf)

GATE program 2014-2015 school year map (pdf)

Div II
Div IV
(Gr. 10-12)
(Areas I,II,III)
Hillhurst Queen Elizabeth HS Queen Elizabeth HS
(Areas IV,V)
Louis Riel Louis Riel (7)
John Ware (8,9)
Henry Wise Wood
Queen Elizabeth


GATE Referral Process  

Referral submission dates: Feb. 9-20, 2015

CBE Alternative Programs and Specialized Classes: Many specialized classes and alternative programs have established admission criteria and selection processes. Please check the particular program website for information.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Specialized Class: For CBE registered students, the School Learning Team, with parent collaboration, makes a referral to the appropriate GATE school in accordance with the referral process.  Applicants external to the Calgary Board of Education submit the referral documents directly to Dr. Laurie Alisat, CBE Specialist, Gifted Education at the Education Centre.

Referral documents:

Placement Letters: If a student placement is offered, the parent/guardian must sign and return the GATE Placement Letter as indicated in the letter.

Further questions, please contact Dr. Laurie Alisat.



Alberta Education documents

CBE and related websites

Available to CBE employees: 

Other resources and websites




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