Calgary Board of Education

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE, a CBE system program for gifted and talented students in a congregated group setting, is located at QEHS for North Calgary. QE's GATE program is available to qualified students in Grades 7 through 12 and is designed to meet the unique learning requirements of the intellectually gifted. The program can be personalized, utilizing the student’s Individualized Program Plan (IPP), and any students who are gifted and have also been identified with with other learning needs, can be successfully accommodated. The program evolves and changes to meet the needs of the students in the program at the time.

QEHS offers a good variety of complementary courses including French, Band, Art, Home Economics, Drama, Computer Technologies, and Industrial Arts. QE has many specialized facilities including a technology and resource-rich Learning Commons, large wood-working shop, home economics lab, art lab, band room, dance floor, theatre, CTS computer labs, and two gymnasiums. An experienced Teacher Librarian is on site. Subject specialists teach in all complementary courses for Junior and Senior High.


Students receive an enriched curriculum in Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies), Mathematics, and Science, with an emphasis on cross-curricular themes and activities wherever possible. Starting in Grade 7, Math and Science courses are successfully compacted so most JH students have completed Grade 10 requirements at the end of Grade 9. This allows opportunity to take a wider array of academic courses in Senior High, or to have time in their timetables to successfully enrol in Advanced Placement courses in High School, or to complete high school one semester early (a gap semester) by taking a minimal number of complementary courses and concentrating on core subjects.

Junior High GATE students are grouped as a cohort for core academic subject strands, and are integrated into the whole school community for complementary courses and Physical Education. This ensures a balance of academic challenge for intellectual stimulation, and mainstream opportunity to interact and develop social competence with a wide variety of people.


The GATE program is an ideal venue to offer meaningful and challenging educational experiences which embrace Alberta Education's Inspiring Education vision for emerging citizens who will display competencies and attributes which will be particularly important to success in the future. These competencies include:

Engaged Thinker – students with an inquisitive, engaged mind, and students who are prepared to ask “why?” and think critically about the answers they receive. These people become life-long learners. GATE students particularly, have numerous opportunities to discuss and debate, and to be challenged in new ways. Staff engage students through frequent inquiry-based learning projects, and intentionally designing lessons encorporating multiple intelligences, at all grade levels.

Ethical Citizen - Citizens of tomorrow must be ethical, empathetic, compassionate and respectful to truly grow and thrive. Opportunities abound to become involved, such as in school leadership, outdoor pursuits, and the Youth Volunteer Corp (YVC) where students learn about world issues, non-government organizations (NGOs) and reach out to make a difference in the world.

Entrepreneurial Spirit – To shape innovative ideas into real-world solutions, graduating students need to be motivated, resourceful and resilient citizens. Through expereinces on and off campus, QEHS encourages students to be bold, embrace leadership, and actively seek new opportunities.

Learning at QEHS:
• encourages students to develop a global or “big picture” perspective.
• can be personalized and paced to meet the needs of gifted learners.
• allows students to develop as autonomous learners.
• are organized to allow gifted students the opportunities to interact with their peers.
• embraces inquiry and innovation.

Teachers are qualified and experienced to offer specific courses geared to the GATE students provided a minimum enrollment number of students is met. The following courses or alternatives have been offered in the past, and may be offered dependent upon student interest in any given year:
1. Humanities I, II and III (10, 20 and 30); alternatively English Language Arts and Social Studies Advanced Placement (AP). What Makes a Good Project
2. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology 20, 30, and AP
3. Pure Math 10, 20, 30, 31 and AP
4. Physical Education


QEHS Contact: Gary Perfect, Learning Leader GATE/Advanced Placement

For more information about the CBE GATE placement process,
please visit the CBE website.
The Journey - A Handbook for Parents
Dabrowski and Other Gifted Community Links
GATE Parent Association Website