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Specialized Gifted Program

What is the Specialized Gifted Program?

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's Specialized Gifted Program at the Secondary Level (Grades 9-12) provides a supportive and enriched learning environment that allows special education students identified as gifted to explore curriculum at a deeper and more complex level.

At the secondary level (Grade 9-12) there are three Specialized Gifted Program schools within the OCDSB.  Depending on the school, the Specialized Gifted Program is offered in either English or French Immersion:

  • Bell High School (English)

  • Glebe Collegiate Institute (French Immersion)

  • Lisgar Collegiate Institute (English)

For information about the OCDSB's Specialized Gifted Program at the Secondary Level (Grades 9-12), please click here.

Why Consider a Specialized Gifted Program?

  • Increased depth and breadth of learning

  • Grouping students of similar abilities to work together

  • Encouraging further development of leadership skills

  • Development of creative and critical thinking skills

  • Faster pace of learning

How Does the Specialized Gifted Program Work?

In each grade, your child will take a package of compulsory courses offered at the Gifted level.  Depending on your child's interests and post-secondary goals, you may choose to enroll your child in additional elective courses offered at the Gifted level.  It is important to note that students in Gifted courses are assessed and evaluated on the same curriculum, and to the same standards, as students in the non-Gifted program.

What Courses are Offered at the Gifted Level?

For a list of courses offered at the Gifted level at Lisgar C.I., please click here to view the course guide.  Course offerings are subject to change.


What are the Eligibility Requirements?

  1. Please click here to view the OCDSB's criteria for the Specialized Gifted Program at the Secondary Level (Grades 9-12).

  2. Using your home address, please click here to use the OCDSB's School Locator to determine your child's designated OCDSB secondary school.

  3. Based on your child's designated OCDSB secondary school, please click here to determine your child's English and French Immersion Gifted school options.

Is Transportation Provided?

Please click here to read more about transportation options for students attending Lisgar C.I. for the OCDSB's English Specialized Gifted Program at the Secondary Level (Grades 9-12).

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of frequently asked questions about the OCDSB's English Specialized Gifted Program at the Secondary Level (Grades 9-12) offered at Lisgar C.I., please click here.

How Do I Register?

New referrals for the OCDSB's English Specialized Gifted Program at the Secondary Level (Grades 9-12) offered at Lisgar C.I. for the 2021-2022 school year will open Monday, November 30, 2020.  The referral form, with detailed instructions, will be posted here at that time.

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