Each High School in the Thames Valley District School Board offers a broad range of programming for Gifted, Bright and Talented Students. Many of our high schools offer specific enriched classes, particularly at the grade 9 and grade 10 levels in compulsory subjects. These courses are assessed at the same standard as their academic counterparts, but allow for increased differentiation through faster paced learning and less repetition so that areas of specific interests can be explored in greater depth and breadth. In grades 11 and 12 each of our schools offer a broad range of programming including Interdisciplinary courses, leadership and character building programs, specialized co-op placements, independent studies, and honours thesis programs.
The TVDSB also facilitates a number of extra-curricular and co-curricular learning options. These include, but are not limited to, such experiences as Queen’s University E=MC2 program, the Ontario Science Centre Science School, and the Partners in Experiential Learning academic co-op program. Moreover, many of our Gifted students take advantage of Western University’s W.I.S.E program, whereby high school students can attend and earn a Western University credit free of tuition (only paying for transportation and texts). Numerous schools also offer Advanced Placement (AP) exams, preparation and tutorials, as well as AP courses. If students earn a level 4 or 5 on an AP exam, they are granted a university credit and may even be granted advanced standing at many Canadian and International universities.
In addition, students requiring enrichment across the Board are engaging in inquiry-based learning through Western’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration and the Brain and Mind Institute, hosting documentary film festivals through Hotdocs, and participating in various outreach opportunities or large-scale enrichment conferences with guest speakers and hands-on enrichment. This diverse range of programs is providing opportunities for our Gifted, Bright and Talented students to flourish.
Special Education Departments in each of our schools will ensure that programs and resources are made available in various capacities including in-school and online curriculum compacting options, Interdisciplinary Studies, the ELOPE enrichment withdrawal program, and Advanced Placement.
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