Gifted

Elementary:

Sooke School District offers a morning pull-out program for designated elementary gifted students. Participation is voluntary. There is an understanding between classroom teachers and their students that there will be no penalty for attending these morning activities and that reasonable accommodations will be made to address any missed assignments or projects. The class will participate in a number of enriching, ‘mind extending’ activities in the classroom and invite special guests in a variety of areas of interest.
The class meets at Colwood Elementary School’s Multipurpose Room. Transportation to this site is the responsibility of parents as there are small numbers of students coming from a variety of elementary schools throughout the district. Students arrive for 9:00 and are picked up at 11:30.
There are other opportunities for our Gifted students, including Unity in Diversity and Destination Conservation. In the classroom, Gifted students and teachers will work on IEP goals which may include differentiated instruction and creative thinking challenges.


Middle/Secondary:

Belmont Secondary School:

At Belmont Secondary, students who are identified as Gifted are assigned to a case manager who supports them in the development of their Individual Education Plan (IEP) and educational program planning. IEP’s for students who are gifted are provided to classroom teachers in order to address student goals and to differentiate instruction. In addition, Belmont offers an enormous selection of course offerings to ensure opportunities for enrichment, including Pre-Advanced Placement courses, PACE, electives, and athletics. Gifted students are given in-depth post-secondary and scholarship support through our Counseling Department.


Edward Milne Community School:

EMCS is pleased to offer a diverse range of opportunities for our students who are gifted to advance their unique talents and abilities. Students at EMCS are assigned to a case manager that facilitates the development of their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and supports their educational programming. These IEPs are developed through consultation with the students’ teachers in order to best address the gifted students’ goals, potential, and to differentiate their instruction when applicable. At EMCS, all students are provided with a wide variety of academic, dramatic, artistic, practical, technological, and athletic course and elective options. Depending on the unique needs of the students who are gifted, we are able to offer advanced placement classes, leadership programs, various extracurricular activities to enhance the gifted curriculum. Students are also given postsecondary consultation services through our Counseling Department to ensure they are provided up to date information regarding post graduation and scholarship options.


Dunsmuir Middle School:

Dunsmuir Middle School prides itself on the academic and creative enrichment opportunities for students. Specifically, for those students with a Gifted designation, Dunsmuir will establish an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and provide a Case Manager from our Student Services department to work with parents and students to find the appropriate course selections and pathway. Pathways may include focus programs in the athletics, visual arts, music, performing arts, technology, or trades. In addition to the IEP, program options for students identified as gifted may include: Grade 7, 8 & 9 – Pullout workshops and seminars on a monthly basis with cross grade activities, guest speakers, and field trips. Grade 9 - A daily class for students who are gifted (115 minutes per week) during the school’s TAG time + the opportunity to enroll in the Science 9 PACE course.


Ecole John Stubbs Middle School:

THE A.R.C. GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM
The A.R.C. program is designed to meet the needs of students designated by SD 62 as “Gifted”. This program is based on the premise that students who are given the opportunity to experience Autonomy, Relatedness, and Competence, (A.R.C.), are more likely to become engaged, empowered and motivated in school. Through a variety of challenges and activities, students meet the outcomes of the 6 components of A.R.C.: Leadership, Team Building, Communication Skills, Creativity, System Theory/Thinking and Research/Inquiry. This course includes team challenges, enrichment projects, school-based projects and a variety of guest speakers and presentations on various topics. Students work in groups, partner and individual situations. “ARC” – grades 7- 9 – for students identified as Gifted The ARC program is based on the premise that when the three major psychological needs: autonomy, relatedness, and competence,(ARC) are met students are engaged and empowered, motivation is increased and there is a greater impact on learning. Students through a variety of challenges, demonstrate the outcomes for each of the following competencies: - Leadership-Team Building- Communication Skills- Creativity- Systems Theory, Thinking- Research and Inquiry
Some of the activities at the school level students can participate in are : public speaking, writing styles, technology, Can Spell and National Math League Contest


Journey Middle School:

ARC Gifted Program:
The ARC gifted program is based on the premise that when the three major psychological needs: autonomy, relatedness, and competence, (ARC) are met students are engaged and empowered, motivation is increased and there will be a greater impact on learning. The program provides opportunities for students to pursue their own interests. It supports student creativity in a rich and stimulating environment an din that context introduces students to more and more of what the world has to offer. Through a variety of challenges, students demonstrate the outcomes of the six competencies: Leadership, Teambuilding, Communication, Creativity, Systems Thinking, Research and Inquiry.

PACE:
The PACE program at Journey is provided through a series of workshops (approximately one a month” focusing on a variety of different subject areas from robotics to tap dancing. PACE and Gifted students have the opportunity to sign up for workshops that interest them.


Spencer Middle School:

ARC Gifted Education Courses 7,8,9
ARC (Autonomy, Relatedness, and Competence) is an exciting new course at Spencer, designed for students designated as "gifted" by School District 62 and who wish to explore inquiries and challenges outside of the regular curriculum. ARC is based on the premise that if given the opportunity to experience choice and autonomy, students are more likely to become engaged, empowered and motivated in their school work. In ARC, students will have the opportunity to design and create their own enrichment projects on topics of their choice and complete them alongside like-minded peers.
Instruction allows students to take their learning into their own hands under teacher guidance. ARC activities will be done both individually and in groups and will include team challenges, problem solving activities, debates, portfolio building, guest presentations, exploration of learning potential, independent study projects, and school enhancement projects.

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