test133The Ministry of Education defines giftedness as “an unusually advanced degree of general intellectual ability that requires differentiated learning experiences of a depth and breadth beyond those normally provided in the regular program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated”. Intellectually gifted students are those, who by virtue of outstanding abilities, are capable of high performance. Intellectually gifted children have many abilities that make them likely to succeed academically. Frequently, they can memorize rapidly and retain what they’ve learned; they read at an early age and with superior comprehension; they see relationships among ideas; and they often have an advanced vocabulary. These abilities, combined with superior facility in communication, enable them to master the basic school curriculum more quickly than other children. Many gifted children have an almost insatiable curiosity about a variety of subjects. Because of this inquisitiveness, they may welcome instruction on a variety of topics which are not usually included in the regular school program. The high levels of independence and motivation of these students suggest that they are capable of initiating and carrying out projects on their own, and that they should be given opportunities for independent study. Their ability to solve problems that demand complex thinking skills such as analysis (identifying relationships) and synthesis (forming new relationships) suggests that they be given assignments that involve identifying causes, establishing categories, and generating and testing hypotheses.

You can read about requirements for submission on the gifted student program on the following sites:

1.  Gifted Students

2.  Special Education Fact Sheet, Gifted Program

3.  Gifted Education Program Review

4. Canadian Information Concerning Bright and Gifted Students

5. Talented and Gifted Plan

6. The Association of Bright Children of Ontario