For students in kindergarten through grade twelve, Alberta Education defines Gifted And Talented as "exceptional potential and/or performance across a wide range of abilities in one or more of the following areas: general intellectual ability, specific academic, creative thinking, social, musical, artistic, & kinesthetic." In order to assess the intellectual and academic aspects of this definition, specialized cognitive and academic tests are administered. Depending on the age of your child, the test of cognitive development administered is the WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, or WAIS-IV. The test of achievement used is the WIAT-III.
Although only approximately 2% of the general population have an IQ high enough to be considered gifted, the testing involved in this evaluation will nonetheless deepen your understanding of your child’s unique learning strengths, weaknesses, and academic development. In turn, this information is valuable in helping you to support their academic growth.
While most gifted students are provided enrichment in the context of their regular school programs, many parents express interest in applying for special programs. For parents interested in the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE), an assessment of intellectual and academic functioning is required ($1680). For parents interested specifically in applying to Westmount Charter School, only the cognitive profile assessment (IQ testing) is required ($960).