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TALONS: Learning for the 21st Century



Þ Making decisions about your learning & doing self-directed studies

Þ Learning alongside other learners who share your interests and ability level

Þ Being challenged in your areas of interest and strength

Þ Participating in (outdoor) leadership to expand your learning outside the classroom by going on outdoor adventure, field trips and volunteering in the community in your interest areas (adapted based on Covid r​estrictions currently)

The TALONS Program is a unique program in the Coquitlam School District, tailored to gifted learners in grades 9 and 10, with some additional course options for Grade 11 and 12. The following core academic subjects, Math 9-10, Sciences 9-10, English 9-10, and Social Studies 9-10 feature opportunity for enrichment at the honours level. We also accelerate, compact and telescope these curricula to make them a better fit for gifted learners and free up extra time for more in-depth and independent investigations. As the future continues to require that learners are autonomous, understand their strengths and how to realize their potential, TALONS learners follows the Betts Autonomous Learner Model to meet the cognitive, emotional and social needs of gifted learners.

The TALONS Program facilitates the personal growth and development of the individual learner. TALONS learners develop and incorporate their own knowledge and skills, learn independently and apply this knowledge to the entire scope of their learning experience and to their life. The class enacts a learning community which aids each learner in becoming an Autonomous Learner, defined as one who solves problems and develops new ideas and higher level thinking, functioning with minimal guidance in selected areas of endeavor. TALONS learners engage in the following Autonomous Learner Model stages:

  • Understanding your giftedness & potential.
  • Connecting with other learners of high ability.
  • Developing learning skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Investigating possible career interests.
  • Completing several mini in-depth studies, one eminent person project and one long-term in-depth study.
  • Participating in cultural activities, community service learning opportunities and outdoor recreation.
  • In the remaining blocks TALONS learners have access to their electives.

 What does the TALONS Program look like?

1.      In Grade 9, TALONS learners take four core courses, Math 9, Science 9, English 9 and Social Studies 9 at an honours accelerated, compacted and telescoped level.

2.      In Leadership 10 and Outdoor Rec 11, Grade 9 TALONS learners plan, implement and evaluate community service learning projects, cultural events, complete various certifications (e.g. First aid, canoeing, kayaking) and participate in retreat, adventure trip and one day fieldtrip(s) during their existing TALONS blocks as well as during evenings and weekends. Thus, this course requires a commitment beyond regular school hours and a financial commitment to cover all related costs. (Subject to Covid restrictions)

3.      In Grade 10 TALONS learners take seven courses, Math 10, Science 10, English 10, Social Studies 10, Career Life Education 10 and Leadership 11 and Outdoor Rec 12 at an honours accelerated, compacted and telescoped level. (Subject to Covid restrictions)

4.      TALONS will now extend to a third year and even a fourth year! TALONS learners in grades 11-12 can select single TALONS Independent Directed Studies 11-12 courses in which they will​ be able to succeed, possibly including Geometry, Statistics, Environmental Sciences, Social Justice, Big History and Leadership 12. The Autonomous Learner Model will now extend into senior years, addressing the needs of gifted learners. Although priority for placement into TALONS blocks will go to past grade 9 and 10 TALONS learners, if space is available other gifted learners will be able to take TALONS courses, too.

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TALONS Application by Invitation Only.

​**Information about TALONS and how to apply will be sent to designated Gifted grade 8 students in December for a January 12th deadline.​

Directions to apply:

Please fill out the Application Form.  This will take approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

Applicants are responsible for asking two academic middle school teachers, one of which is a grade 8 teacher, to be your referee as soon as possible once you have decided to apply so they will have time to complete your reference. You will list these on your Application Form.

If you teachers are not current SD43 employees, they will have an alternate way for them to complete the reference.

You will also need to fill out the Achievement Survey.  This is the larger part of your application.  Please download it and then fill it out and save.  When you are ready, email it to both Mrs. Chambers and Ms. Mulder ten Kate before the deadline.

Link and deadline information are on the Invitation to Apply that you will get from your Gifted Resource teacher in December.​

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828