Students are gifted when they demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement) when compared to others of their age, experience and environment. Asynchronous development, a critical aspect of giftedness, combines advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively atypical and require modifications in teaching and counselling.

Inherent in the Westmount definition is the Alberta Education definition of gifted and talented (Alberta 2000), the Columbus Group definition of giftedness (Columbus Group 1991) and the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC).

See About Westmount to learn more about our philosophy on giftedness.

Review the links below to learn more.

Dear Parents,

In the pdf document below, you will find a reading list containing links to books which some of the staff and parents of Westmount would recommend. Some of these titles can be found at the Calgary Public Library. Many books are not available in stores, so we have provided online links for your convenience. We hope these books offer you some support.  If you come across an article or book that you would recommend, please share it with us! Email

Reading List

Gifted Reading List

Additional Resources

Gifted Profiles – Giftedness is not a single, simple phenomenon. On the contrary, gifted learners are extremely complex and diverse. In order to explain some of the ways that gifted learners present themselves, here are Profiles of the Gifted and Talented, adapted from George Betts, Ed. D., University of Northern Colorado  and Maureen Frances Neihart, Psy. D., National Institute of Education, Singapore (1998 & 2010).

Center for Gifted Education – The College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA

National Association for Gifted Children and its WOW webinars

World Council for Gifted and Talented Children

SENG: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University

The Journey – Alberta Education’s handbook for parents of Gifted & Talented

High Achiever, Gifted Learning, Creative Thinker – Bertie Kingore, Ph.D.

Hoagies Gifted Education Page


No two gifted children are alike, although there are many traits that gifted children have in common. Tests are common assessment tools to determine giftedness;  they provide an objective and systematic way for identifying these children.  An Individual intelligence (IQ) test administered by a Registered Psychologist can be used to identify whether your child is gifted and talented.