- Each elementary school has a Gifted Education Contact who oversees the gifted/enrichment programs for students.
- Identification and programming decisions are the responsibility of the child's home school. Service at elementary usually begins as students are identified, using Ministry of Education guidelines. School-based service may provide adapted or differentiated curriculum in the classroom and/or pull-out programs featuring specialized topics and activities. All programming for gifted learners is outlined in an Individual Education Plan (IEP). An IEP outlines strategies for varying content, process, product, pacing, and/or learning environment, based on the goals for growth for the student .
- Individualized academic tasks requiring complex thinking can provide challenge and choice for students. Compacted curriculum can give students time to work on other activities that support developmental growth.
- Many of our elementary schools are cluster grouping their gifted students, within a regular classroom context. Clustering is a research-based strategy that works well with our gifted learners.
- Leadership, creative-problem-solving clubs and extracurricular activities, such as Odyssey of the Mind, and Math Contests like as Canadian Math League, Caribou and Gauss are available in some schools.
District- and Community-Based Services
Our District Elementary Challenge Program supports all elementary schools in the district. The purpose of the Challenge Centre sessions is to provide groups of similarly able students who exhibit a significant need with high-level learning opportunities of an intellectual, creative and social nature. Sessions span a broad range of topics and reflect the wide-ranging interests and passions of gifted students. The social connections and understanding themselves are key components of the program. Our District Challenge Teacher provides programming for Zone 1 at the Birchland Challenge Centre for half of the year and Zone 2 at the Mundy Road Challenge Centre for the other half. Each Centre offers 7-8 week sessions for students in Grades 4 and 5 who are formally identified as gifted. These sessions are intended to provide district level programming and may be included as part of a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP). Students are referred to sessions by school-based personnel. Parents arrange transportation.
The District Elementary Challenge Program also offers Primary Challenge sessions, four for each location for students from Grade K-3 who may or may not be formally identified. Acceptance in this program is on a year-to-year basis, and does not mean children will automatically attend in subsequent years or be identified in the future. The focus of each session is creative problem solving. Students are referred to sessions by school-based personnel. Space is limited. Parents arrange transportation.
Zone 1: Birchland Centre: Castle Park, Coquitlam River, Irvine, Kilmer, Blakeburn, Glen, Leigh, Meadowbrook, Westwood , Nestor, Mary Hill, James Park, Hazel Trembath, Central, Cedar Drive, Pinetree Way, Hampton Park, Walton, Panarama Heights, Smiling Creek
Zone 2: Mundy Road Centre: Riverview Park, Cape Horn, Roy Stibbs, Mountain View, Harbour View, Lord Baden Powell, Ranch Park, Parkland, Porter, Mundy Road, Alderson, Rochester, RC MacDonald, Miller Park, Baker Dr., Anmore, Aspenwood, Glenayre, Mountain Meadows, Seaview, Pleasantside, Heritage Mountain, Moody Elementary, Bramblewood, Eagle Ridge Elementary,
Contact Robyn Chambers, Coordinator of Gifted Education Services for more information.