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Exceptional & Special Needs : Gifted and Talented Education

Exceptional & Special Needs

Gifted and Talented Education

GATE Information Night for Parents | Dec. 4, 2018

Learn about CBE GATE Specialized Classes

Parents are invited to learn about the CBE GATE Specialized Classes, as well as the next steps in the referral process for possible placement in September 2019.

This evening is for families whose child has an Individualized Program Plan (IPP) for giftedness developed prior to Oct. 22, 2018.

My child does not have an IPP for giftedness as of Oct. 22, 2018. Should I attend this event? The information you require will not be available at this event. Next steps would be:

  • CBE families: contact your school principal
  • External families: contact, CBE System Specialist, Gifted.


Date | Dec. 4, 2018
Time | 6:30 p.m.
Location | Career & Technology Centre at Lord Shaughnessy High School
2336-53 Ave. S.W.


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New!  Revised Process

Referrals for the 2019-2020 school year for GATE classes will be considered after:

  • an Individual Program Plan (IPP) in place by October 22, 2018;
  • a minimum of one IPP review cycle for programming for giftedness has been completed prior to February 6, 2019  referral deadline - not including the initial IPP construction for the year;
  • deadline for GATE applicants February 6, 2019.
Early September, 2018 IPP.  Therefore the schools require a copy of the psycho-educational assessment by September 10, 2018.
Before October 22, 2018 IPP constructed by current CBE school .
Before February 6, 2019 Minimum of 1 IPP review cycle is completed.
February 6, 2019 Deadline for submission of GATE referrals.
April 2019 GATE placement committee decisions are sent to current CBE school principal.

Psycho-educational assessments completed after June 1, 2018:

  • reports all index composite scores as well as all subtest scaled scores of the subtests administered 
  • accepted cognitive assessments, dated after February 6, 2016:
    • WISC-V
    • Woodcock Johnson IV
    • Stanford-Binet V 

GATE Plac​ement

GATE is accessed through a referral and placement process. In consultation with CBE school personnel, parents need to consider the unique needs of their child to determine whether GATE is the most appropriate placement. Gifted students considered for GATE placement require significantly different educational experiences and levels of challenges to thrive and achieve their individual potential.

  • CBE students, please contact your child's current CBE School.
  • Non-CBE students, those not currently registered in the CBE, please contact the CBE Specialist for Gifted Education. 

Profile of Students in GATE

Students who benefit from GATE are identified as being moderately to profoundly gifted with complex learning needs. Typically, they have a composite of the following characteristics:

  • makes thoughtful judgements and decisions
  • keen sense of humour
  • demonstrates a strong sense of justice and/or fairness
  • perfectionistic (can be positive, negative, or both) 
  • demonstrates flexible thinking
  • generates original ideas
  • sees similarities, differences, relationships, connections, and/or gaps
  • very curious about many topics
  • persists when pursuing self-selected tasks
  • has advanced interests
  • asks deep questions 
  • insightful
  • demonstrates logical thinking
  • uses advanced vocabulary
  • understands new ideas readily
  • thrives on being challenged



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