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
Dear Elementary Campus Parents: Sunday, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day. On this day, Canadians are urged to wear orange shirts to honour and promote awareness of the Indian residential school system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada. (Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Shirt_Day) Orange Shirt Day is discussed in some of our classes as part of the [...]
Updated September 10 @ 8:45 a.m. The attendance line is up and running again. To advise that your child is going to be late or absent, please call 403 217 0426 and choose option 1. Provide your child’s name, spelling their last name, their home room and reason for absence or late. Thank you ------------------------------------------------ Until further notice, for lates/absences [...]
Dear Westmount grade 3 and 4 families, there has been a change to the start date for Run Club. Run Club for all Gr 3s and 4s will begin on Wednesday, September 12th (not Monday September 10th). Please contact Mrs. Landu for information.