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Special Education Programs

Gifted and Talented program (formerly Academic Challenge)

Ottewell School is a designated Division Centre for the Gifted and Talented program. The Gifted and Talented Program supports students who have advanced intellectual ability compared to other students their age. These students have exceptional potential or ability across a wide range of areas, from creative thinking to understanding abstract relationships. High achieving students are clustered for their core subjects while participating in option classes according to their personal choices. Teachers of these students build a differentiated classroom that includes elements specifically tailored to meet the needs of a range of high ability learners. Our Gifted and Talented Program will adhere to a standard set of expectations including key program elements and student goals. Programming directions are based on current research and literature related to gifted education. View our Division's description of the Gifted and Talented Program.

There may also be opportunities to participate in various academic competitions such as math contests, essay, story and poetry contests, cardboard boat races, Science Olympics, robotics, spelling, and geography challenges.

Gifted and Talented Information for the Upcoming 2022-2023 School Year

Students who meet the criteria for a Gifted and Talented designation are automatically admitted to the program. Students who do not meet criteria but still seek and would benefit from an academically rigorous program may also be admitted into our program, depending on available space. For those students who do not meet eligibility requirements, complete the Expression of Interest form. 

Gifted and Talented Expression of Interest packages for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year should be completed and submitted by March 21st, 2022. Expression of Interest packages can be filled out using the digital Expression of Interest package or can be completed using a hardcopy.

For more information about Gifted and Talented Program for Ottewell School, please contact the school at 780-466-7331 or at ottewell@epsb.ca.

Community Learning Skills & Community Learning Skills/Behaviour and Learning Assistance

Ottewell School is a designated site for two of Edmonton Public Schools' special needs programs. We have a Community Learning Skills (CLS) classroom and a Community Learning Skills / Behaviour and Learning Assistance (CLS/BLA) classroom. View our Division's description of CLS and CLS/BLA programs.

In both of these classrooms, we have dedicated teachers and educational assistants who plan a wide range of learning activities to both interest students and develop their skills. Students are challenged to develop academic, social, and living skills. For their academic development, they have lessons in a variety of subjects. Regular field trips are part of the program. As well, students have opportunities to participate in different school activities and programs, such as assemblies, Best Buddies, Snack Shack, and inclusion in some complementary courses. We highly value communication and relationships with parents/guardians so we can all work together to support our students.