Your child meets criteria for formal identification of giftedness. What happens next?
If your child meets the criteria for formal identification of having the exceptionality Intellectual: Giftedness, you will be invited to an Identification, Placement, and Review Committee.
This is an important meeting as it will provide your child with a formal identification AND determine the placement that will BEST meet their needs.
There are 5 different placements identified by the Ministry of Education in Ontario:
To see what placements are already available in your child's school board, see their Special Education Plans:
Thames Valley District School Board
London District Catholic School Board
In all schools (public or private), a child who has been formally identified with an exceptionality (such as giftedness) will receive an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that details what strengths and needs the child has and plan to meet the child's needs through accommodations and modifications. It is the principal's legal responsibility to ensure that the child's needs, as outlined in the IEP, are being met.
Gifted children have special education needs. Children with special education needs are served under the Education Act. There are regulations to be followed when meeting needs. If those are not being followed, it is the parent's role to speak up on behalf of their child.
If your child's needs are not being met in their current placement, parents have the right to request a review of the placement decision (every three months). For a review to be meaningful, there needs to be documentation. This means the IEP and implementation of supports and services at the school level are critical.
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