THE FORMAL IDENTIFICATION PROCESS
The formal identification of a gifted child is a route parents may pursue in order to receive support for their children in an academic setting. Sometimes, a child is identified as gifted as the result of a board-wide screening process (typically in grade 3 or 4).
A gifted child requires specialized interventions at school and these interventions may be required well before a general screening process. Children don't "become" gifted at a certain age, after all.
If you believe that your child requires intervention at any time or age, you have the right and the responsibility to advocate for them. For more information on advocacy, see the related page.
The links below describe the formal identification processes, what you should expect, and what you can do as a parent advocate.
Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC)
If a parent requests an IPRC meeting in writing, the principal of a school must respond within 15 days. The school may also request an IPRC meeting if they have concerns about a child. The IPRC is one possible first step in identifying a gifted child.
In London and area, only Thames Valley District School Board undertakes a board-wide screening for giftedness. This happens in 3rd grade.
In other school boards, parents are advised to pursue the IPRC meeting as a means to formally address academic, social, emotional, or behavioural concerns you have about your child.
Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Children may receive an identification of 'giftedness' as a result of the IPRC or gifted screening. Are there other methods?