Gifted assessments in Calgary

Defining Giftedness

Giftedness, by definition, means a score at approximately the 98th percentile or higher on standardized measures of intelligence.

These measures include the Wechsler Preschool Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV) for children under seven years of age, and the Wechsler Scale of Intelligence for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V) for older children and teens.

Gifted assessments are typically required for admission to a gifted program such as Westmount Charter School (WCS) or the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) as offered through the Calgary Board of Education (CBE).  Alberta Education guidelines indicate that criteria for giftedness consists of an IQ score of 130 (plus or minus five).  


Common intellectual characteristics of students who are gifted include:

  • Advanced intellectual achievement
  • High motivation and interest
  • Verbal proficiency
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Logical thinking
  • Creativity

Students who may be more at risk emotionally, socially and academically include:

  • divergent thinkers who suggest ideas that are logical to them but unusual to classmates
  • creative high achievers, particularly those with artistic gifts, who may experience feelings of isolation or depression, and, as a result, may be subject to anxiety, insomnia, feelings of worthlessness, loss of energy or decreased ability to concentrate.

Challenges

Many students who are gifted require differentiated programming and supports to meet their exceptional learning needs.  

Typical developmental issues faced by all students also are experienced by students who are gifted.

These issues may be complicated by the exceptional learning needs and characteristics many students who are gifted demonstrate, particularly during adolescence. 

Students who are gifted may face a variety of challenges, including perfectionism, underachievement, uneven or asynchronous development, and learning difficulties.

For some students who are gifted, a combination of characteristics may lead to difficulties with peer relations, avoidance of risk taking, or excessive self-criticism.

Perfectionism

Perfectionism can be thought of as part of the experience of being gifted, which can be used in a positive way to achieve excellence.

Perfectionism is a pattern of characteristics and behaviours that includes compulsiveness about work habits, over concern for details, unrealistically high standards and rigid routines. 

It can develop at various stages of development for various reasons, but for many it is simply a part of their personality, not necessarily the result of parental pressure or outside influence. 

Assessments

Gifted assessments are typically required for admission to a gifted program such as Westmount Charter School (WCS) or the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) as offered through the Calgary Board of Education (CBE).  Alberta Education guidelines indicate that criteria for giftedness consists of an IQ score of 130 (plus or minus five).  

Westmount Charter School

A Gifted assessment for Westmount Charter School can begin as early as 3.5 years of age in order to assess a child for Kindergarten admission.  For additional information about Westmount Charter School admission visit The Westmount Charter School.

The process involves a two hour appointment that consists of:

Consultation

A 30 minute consultation with parents to discuss background information and to obtain consent for the assessment

Testing

One-and-a-half to two hours of testing to administer an intellectual assessment (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V) immediately following consultation.

Follow-up

A follow-up meeting within one week of assessment to discuss results and provide reports to parents if the child is gifted.

Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE)

A gifted assessment for the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) as offered by the Calgary Board of Education. For additional information about the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program as offered by the Calgary Board of Education visit them here: The Calgary Board of Education.

The assessment process consists of:

Consultation

a 45 minute consultation with parents to discuss background information and to obtain consent for the assessment

Assessment

Two two-hour assessment sessions to administer an intellectual assessment (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V) and achievement test (WAIT-III)

Follow-up

A follow up meeting within one week of assessment to discuss results and provide reports to parents.

* PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOUR CHILD’S RESULTS ARE NOT GIFTED, YOU HAVE THE OPTION OF NOT PAYING FOR A REPORT OR ATTENDING THE FINAL MEETING.  RESULTS WILL BE COMMUNICATED OVER THE PHONE AND/OR EMAIL AT A REDUCED ASSESSMENT RATE OF $500.00 DUE AT THE FIRST APPOINTMENT.

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