Planning for Students who are Gifted

Individual Program Plans

All children who are coded “gifted” (Code 80, Alberta Education, Special Education Code) qualify as Special Education students, and are entitled to an Individualized Program Plan (IPP). The standards for Special Education are developed to meet the educational ability and learning needs of students who are considered ‘Special Needs’, and this includes learners who are gifted.

Specific learning needs and outcomes are monitored through the use of an IPP so that the student is provided the differentiated instruction required to help a student to be successful, and hopefully, work toward achieving their potential. Differentiating instruction involves the modification of five (5) elements which enhance thinking and learning:

  • content
  • process
  • products
  • environment (peers and technology)
  • assessment (pre-testing for knowledge and ability)

Program planning is not meant to be about adding more work, or adding depth and breadth. It is also not limited to enrichment of content and curriculum. Truly differentiated learning is providing the above 5 elements to the degree that only gifted learners would benefit from the modifications.

Transition planning between divisions, or to post-secondary programs, are also important components of IPPs. Parents are encouraged to keep a portfolio of particular items of work that depict the students accomplishments from grades K-12. The IPP should be part of that portfolio. Click here to view “Students who are Gifted – Differentiated Instruction” (PDF)

Special Education Programming

Some schools may not be able to provide enough supports and accommodations in the typical classroom to help a gifted learner to be successful. It is at this time that a family may wish to consider if placement in a special school or program is more appropriate.

The Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE Program) is a Special Education program for learners who are gifted.

For more information, visit the GATE Program information page on the CBE website.


GATE School Sites

The GATE Program is currently offered at the following schools:

Hillhurst School 

1418 – 7 Avenue N.W.Calgary, AB
T2N 0Z2
Grades 4-6
Phone: (403) 777-6360
Fax: (403) 777-6362
School Website

Queen Elizabeth High School

512 – 18 Street N.W.Calgary, AB
T2N 2G5
Grades 7-12
Phone: (403) 777-6380
Fax: (403) 777-7649
School Website

Louis Riel School

9632 Oakfield Drive S.W.Calgary, AB
T2V 0L1
Grades 4-7
Phone: (403) 777-7650
Fax: (403) 777-
School Website

Henry Wise Wood High School

910 – 75 Avenue S.W.Calgary, AB
T2V 0S6
Grades 10-12
Phone: (403) 253-2261
Fax: (403) 777-7929
School Website
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