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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Congregated Gifted Program Gr. 6 to 8

Giftedness is 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 school program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated (Ontario Ministry of Education and Training).

 
Congregated Gifted Program –  Elementary Setting
 
The full day gifted program is offered five days a week and integrated into Transfiguration’s mainstream school. The Congregated Gifted Program provides a differentiated curriculum aimed to meet the individual needs of identified students.

Similarities
     Ontario Curriculum – Regular Report Card with extra subject box for gifted theme
     Themes i.e.– Gr. 6 = Style, Gr. 7 = Structure, Gr. 8 = Power & Systems
     Participation in all regular school events:
Masses, athletics, concerts, Play Day, Carnival, overnight trips
     Participation in all regular Gifted activities:
Critical and Creative Thinking activities, Problem Solving, Research, Independent Projects, Journey of Discovery,  Debating Tournament, Math Competitions, Destination Imagination, Geography Challenge, Excursions
 
Differences
     Curriculum Compacted
     Curriculum Extensions
     Flexibility
     No juggling or catching up after Withdrawal Gifted day
     Teacher help with organization and project management
     Small classes
     Access to technology (Smartboards)
 
 
Library Computer Lab 
Benefits of the Program
·                 Smaller  pupil : teacher  ratio
·                 Flexible, daily integration of gifted and Ministry curriculum
·                 Leadership opportunities
·                 Consistent organizational skills support
·                 Close access to technology
·                 Community connections and mentorship
·                 Full participation in school activities and extra-curricular clubs and sports
·                 Wide variety of discovery, research and presentation projects         
  
“The main difference between the withdrawal and the congregated is that withdrawal tends to be less personal, because your teacher is dealing with over 100 children. I immediately noticed the increased attention. Another major difference is the workload. The regular gifted program is confusing, because you switch back and forth between different schools. With the congregated, the work is rolled into one, although it’s modified to suit the class.
 
I hated being ahead of everyone in school work and having no one understand me and my reasoning. Although I had a lot of friends at my old school, only a few understood what I was telling them. The gifted program allows me to be myself.” -- Congregated Gifted Student
 

 

“In the year and a half I’ve been here I have truly enjoyed the Congregated Gifted Program. This program allows me to improve myself mentally and religiously. This program has also helped me learn some important life lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” –  Congregated Gifted Student

 

Congregated Program Student Profile Revised June 2015 (1).pdfCongregated Program Student Profile Revised 2015-2016

 

 

 

 

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