- Each middle school has a Gifted Education Resource teacher who oversees the gifted/enrichment programs for students.
- Identification and programming decisions are the responsibility of the child's home school. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are written to reflect the needs and goals of identified students.
- Each middle school offers Grade 6-8 students school-based enrichment in class and/or in special groupings, such as pullout groups. Possible adaptations for challenge available at middle schools include compacting, enrichment, and individualized projects.
- Several middle 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.
- Clubs, organizations and extra-curricular activities may provide opportunities for gifted students to meet with like-minded classmates.
District- and Community-Based Services
- Middle Age Cluster Class (MACC) is a three year program where identified gifted students are clustered together for the four core subjects (Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies). There are three classes (grade 6, 7 & 8) at each of our MACC sites: Citadel Middle School, Hillcrest Middle School, and Kwayhquitlum Middle School. Our district MACC Classes are designed for students of high ability who have been formally identified as gifted. Applications will be distributed in the fall through your home school. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from MACC schools.
- Our District Middle Challenge Program supports all middle 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 6-8 who are formally identified as gifted and not attending the MACC program. 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 are responsible for transportation.
Birchland Zone: Minnekhada, Kwayhquitlum, Pitt River, Maple Creek, Citadel, and Summit Middle Schools.
Mundy Road Zone: Moody, Hillcrest, Eagle Mountain, Montgomery, Banting, Maillard, Scott Creek, and Como Lake Middle Schools.
Contact Robyn Chambers, Gifted Education Coordinator, for more information.