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).

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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.