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
We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with Elementary late January/early February Skating. Skating sessions will be approximately 45 mins in length and each class will be going 3 times. Please sign up with the appropriate class and time slot that you would like to help with. All parent volunteers must have volunteer clearance with the main office in order [...]
On Friday, January 25th staff and students will come together to watch the movie Inside Out and complete a number of supporting activities. Student Services is encouraging all staff and students to either dress up as their favourite character OR wear your clothes Inside Out in support of this fun day. Not only will students and staff focus on the social [...]
Grade 1-4s will be participating in skating field trips during the end of January and early February as part of the Physical Education Program. Stay tuned for more information coming next week!