Frequently Asked Questions about the T.A.L.O.N.S. Program.
Please note that this program is only available for district identified gifted students currently in grade 8 and living in School District #43.
Do I need to apply for a cross-boundary transfer when my child gets accepted into T.A.L.O.N.S.? Answer: No, T.A.L.O.N.S. is a district program and no cross-boundary online application form needs to be completed.
How many students will be accepted into TALONS for 2018-2019? Answer: 28
How much does the program cost per year?
Answer: Costs will depend on if your child applies for (Outdoor) Leadership 10 as part of their TALONS Program in grade 9 and possibly (Outdoor) Leadership 11 in grade 10 and (Outdoor) Leadership 12 in grade 11 or grade 12. If they do, then the following costs will have to be covered by the parents. This is a program of choice and, therefore, we do not receive any district funding other than financial assistance for the additional teaching blocks.
Approximately $150.00 - $200.00 for the retreat. It depends on distance travelled, costs for TTOCs, location and the nature of the physical activities.
Approximately $500.00-$700.00 for the five day adventure trip. It depends on distance travelled, costs for TTOCs, location, the nature of the physical activities and required (canoe or kayak) certifications.
Approximately $100.00-$150.00 for one day "fieldtrips," such as speakers, UBC/SFU fieldtrips, Mt. Seymour snowshoe etc.
Approximately $50.00-$150.00 for cultural events, such as theatre productions, Bard on the Beach, opera etc.
Approximately $150-$200.00 for 16 hours of Standard First Aid (in grade 9 only)
My child has not attended any gifted programming in middle school. Is that a concern? Answer: No, but your child needs to have an up to date IEP for grade eight, including CTCS testing results or equivalent and has to be identified as ministry category P to be eligible for TALONS.
Where do we go for the three-day retreat? Answer: We usually go to Hick's Lake.
Where do we go for our five-day adventure trip? Answer: Only TALONS learners in leadership courses will organize and participate in trips. TALONS are offered three to four options of which they choose one with parents' approval.
How do I get my child to and from Gleneagle? Answer: You are responsible for getting your child to and from Gleneagle. The TALONS room is often open at 7:00 am and we are usually there until about 4:00 pm. The school is usually opened at 7:00 am and stays open until at least 10:00 pm. There are places in the school for your child to study and stay while waiting to be picked up.
My child is finishing Math 9 in middle school. Can my child take Math 10 and 11 in TALONS? Answer: Yes, they can. They will be taking Math 10 with the grade nines and then will take math 11 in grade ten.
Can my child accelerate through other core academic subjects in TALONS? Answer: No. Our philosophy is to go into more depth, telescope and enrich the curriculum and only accelerate the curriculum to avoid repetition from previous grades' curriculum. We already accelerate all four core subjects to some extend to make room for our annual six week long Eminent Person Study in the fall and our five-month long In-Depth Project during the winter and spring.
I did not receive the link for the online application form and/or an invitation letter? Answer: Check with your middle school to make sure your child is identified as category P. If so, please check with the middle school to make sure your e-mail address is current. The middle school gifted contacts and/or counsellors were asked to send the application package link to all eligible applicants. If all this checks out, contact Mrs. Louise Malfesi (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional assistance at Students Services at Winslow Centre.
If I have a sibling of a child who is currently in TALONS or a child who has decided not to continue past grade 9 or 10 TALONS and this sibling wants to come to Gleneagle from outside its catchment area but is not in TALONS, do I need to complete a cross-boundary transfer? Answer: No. See a counsellor at Gleneagle to register your child for grade 9.
What makes the TALONS program different from other programs of choice? Answer: We offer more choice in what and how TALONS learners address their learning needs and the mandated curriculum. We emphasize social and emotional learning. They will work in quads and teams to complete various challenging, inquiry-based and collaborative projects. If the TALONS learner is successful in applying for (Outdoor) Leadership 10 in grade 9, possibly (Outdoor) Leadership 11 in grade 10 and possibly (Outdoor) Leadership 12 in grade 11or 12, then these courses will provide additional (Outdoor) leadership opportunities, such as experiential learning, community service learning projects, cultural events, retreats, adventure trips, additional weekend practice trips and certifications in canoeing, kayaking and First Aid during the weekends and after school.
Can my child join for one year? Answer: No, they apply for the TALONS Program with the intention to be part of it for least two years, starting in grade nine, with the possibility to extend it into grade 11 and 12. We will re-evaluate their participation at the end of each grade. The Autonomous Learner Model (ALM) is actually a three year long program; therefore, we have expanded the TALONS program into grade 11 and beyond.
What contributions do the parents make? Answer: You pay for trips, certifications, workshops and so on if your child is taking (Outdoor) Leadership courses! We invite you to attend T.A.L.O.N.S. special events such as the Night of the Notables, In-depth Night, and two learner-led conferences. You need to support your child's learning at home, drive for trips, stay in touch by e-mail, complete anecdotal report cards with child and support the program's philosophy.
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