WHILE RESPECTING THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS & CHARACTERISTICS AS GIFTED LEARNERS
Students who are gifted are capable of exceptional performance. They require comprehensive, specialized educational programming to develop and maximize their potential. Research supports the idea that gifted students benefit from an environment with like-minded peers, being taught by empathetic teachers who have specialized training and experience.
At Westmount’s Elementary Campus, we follow Alberta Education’s program of studies (https://education.alberta.ca/programs-of-study/programs-of-study/). Generally speaking, the pace of our instructional programming is accelerated, meaning that curriculum is taught in 60 – 65% of the time it might take in a typical elementary school. Using an “inside out” approach, however, we strive to first know and honour our students and their individual learning needs. Curriculum delivery is differentiated based on students’ individual characteristics.
We value academic achievement, but find that it is best served by programming which places student need as its primary objective. We facilitate and support the attainment of 21C learning goals through the development of critical and creative thinking, problem-finding, problem-solving, collaboration and informed decision-making.
Alberta Education’s Program of Studies is augmented by providing students a variety of learning experiences that support the development of lifelong learning goals and aspirations. We also provide students with access to many, varied and advanced human and material resources with in and outside of the school.
Regrouping and Acceleration
Westmount elementary students are regrouped for Language Arts and Mathematics according to demonstrated subject knowledge, learning style, and their readiness factors. Subject and grade level acceleration is also facilitated where supported by evidence.
Recent Elementary News
To All Grade Four Families, On the last day of school, June 27th, your son/daughter will be coming home with an envelope containing their schedule for next year. If your child is absent, you will receive their schedule via mail. Any questions in regards to their schedule will be addressed when your child returns in September. Thank you and have [...]
Attention Elementary Campus Parents: After a long review of how we regroup for math, we have decided to make the following change: Students will no longer be placed in the categories called Builders, Investigators and Explorers. Why the change? We discovered that the learning styles of students who were Investigators/Explorers quickly changed to Builders when accelerated to a level of [...]
Attention Elementary Campus Parents: There are now two ways to report a late or an absence to the Elementary Campus Office. In addition to making a telephone call to the Elementary Campus office to report your child’s absence from school, you can also choose to send an email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: 1) Your child's first name [...]