Gifted Education

 

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


Overview

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

Identification

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:

Programs

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.

Purpose
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

Placement
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)

GATE program 2013-2014 school year map (pdf)


Area
Div II
(Gr.4-6)
Div III
(Gr.7-9)
Div IV
(Gr. 10-12)
North
(Areas I,II,III)
Hillhurst Queen Elizabeth HS Queen Elizabeth HS
South
(Areas IV,V)
TBA TBA Henry Wise Wood

* A community and school planning process is currently underway which may impact where Div II & III GATE classes will be held in Area V next year.  For more information, please see: http://www.cbe.ab.ca/Schools/ceop/pp12-13/louis_riel_braeside_cedarbrae_john_ware_nellie_mcclung_schools.asp

Brochure

Gifted and Talented Education Program Grades 4-12 (pdf)

GATE placement process and documents

Application submission dates: Feb. 11-21, 2014

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 enrolled students, the School Learning Team, with parent consent, makes a placement referral to the appropriate GATE school in accordance with the Placement Process.  Applicants external to the Calgary Board of Education submit the required documents to the Specialist, Gifted Education at the Education Centre.

The GATE placement consideration package provides specific criteria and process for referral to the GATE program. 

Supporting documents:

Forms for CBE Students:

Forms for Non-CBE Students

Placement Letters: If offered a placement, the parent must sign and return the GATE Placement Letter.

Resources

Alberta Education documents

CBE and related websites

Available to CBE employees: 

Other resources and websites

 

 

 

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