Powell River Board of Education
Learners Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow
Gifted Support Service (Elementary-Middle Schools)

Gifted children, as identified by qualified professionals, are those possessing demonstrated or potential abilities that give evidence of exceptionally high capability with respect to intellect, creativity, or specific academic subject area.

Gifted Support Service for Students: The major focus of the Powell River School District for these students is to establish a school-based approach in providing differentiated educational support services beyond the basic school curriculum. In this way, gifted students are able to realize their potential for high performance and become effective, productive individuals and members of society.

Types of Activities Offered to Students:

  • Enrichment or extensions of the regular curriculum, based on student interests/needs and classroom teacher requests.
  • Differentiating part of the curriculum, according to content, process, product, and learning environment.
  • Guided independent study, based on students' ability level but also their interest.
  • Integrated investigation of real problems for a real audience.
  • Group process skills, eg.:
    • upper level thinking skills (especially, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation)
    • creative thinking skills (fluency, flexibility, originality, elaboration)
    • creative problem solving
    • future problem solving
    • Odyssey of the Mind program (spontaneous problems; long-term challenges)
    • inventioneering
    • debate
    • leadership training
  • Other challenges and contests, eg.:
    • Internet searches
    • Web Quests
    • Great Canadian Geography Challenge
    • Canadian National Math Contest
    • School or District competitions