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									Dear Parent / Guardian,

                                     Re: Greater Victoria School District #61
                                         Secondary Challenge Program

Enclosed, please find descriptions and application forms for the Secondary Challenge Program.


APPLICATION PACKAGE INCLUDES;

     1. Description of the Esquimalt High School Challenge Program
        and Instruction Sheet
     2. Application Information to be completed by Parents
     3. Student Interest and Achievement Survey



     The information on the attached forms is collected under the authority of the School Act and will be used
     solely for the purpose of establishing eligibility for the District Challenge Program. It will be kept secure
     and confidential in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any
     questions concerning the collection or use of this information may be directed to your School Principal.


ADMISSION            PROCEDURE:

1.   The School Based Teacher or Principal may select students who they consider eligible for consideration.
     Selections can be based upon identification materials contained in the District #61 Resource Book for
     teachers of Challenge students. Parents may also refer their children for consideration.


                                               ESQUIMALT
                                              HIGH SCHOOL

                                                 Ms. A. Roberts
                                              Esquimalt High School
                                                847 Colville Road
                                                 Victoria, B. C.
                                                    V9A 4N9



2.   Testing: Parents and students will be notified when the testing sessions will take place.

3.   Parents and students will be contacted by Ms. Roberts to inform them of the decision of the selection
     committee.
              GREATER VICTORIA SCHOOL DISTRICT                                         #61

                     SECONDARY CHALLENGE PROGRAM


The Greater Victoria School District provides a district program catering to the needs of gifted and
talented students at

                               Esquimalt High School (Grades 9-12)

THE GIFTED LEARNER

A talented and gifted learner possesses a variety of characteristics that may include: high task
commitment, social and emotional intensity, creative and/or productive thinking, above average
intelligence. This individual has a thirst for knowledge, a passion for learning and requires
differentiated educational opportunities and services.

In order to accommodate interested students in the screening process, application information must be
received by February 8, 2007. To ensure fairness and equal access, appeal procedures have been
built into the process. In keeping with the Ministry definition of giftedness, the selection process used to
identify such students gives heavy weighting to high intellectual ability as reflected in test scores and
academic performance; high task commitment, as indicated in written presentations, documentation
and interviews, and highly creative assignments and hobbies.



ESQUIMALT HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE PROGRAM

COMBINING CHALLENGE, CREATIVITY, COMMITMENT and COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, the
4-C Program at Esquimalt High School provides exciting educational experiences for intellectually
gifted students in a supportive environment. Currently 200 students in grades 9 through 12 from a
variety of educational backgrounds both inside and outside School District #61 are participating in
the Program.

The program is designed to provide a learning atmosphere that will enable students to become
independent thinkers, capable of directing their own educational goals as they mature into enjoying
a well-balanced life. To these ends the program components have been established through
consultation with the students, parents, and teachers involved.

All academic subjects (English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and French) are presented at
a level appropriate to the needs of intellectually gifted students and in a manner which enhances
their advanced skill levels. Some acceleration takes place, and opportunities for Advanced
Placement exist.

Integrated Studies time is provided in two of the four years in order that such topics as philosophy,
psychology, aesthetics, economics and politics can be explored. In grade nine Integrated Studies is
a philosophy course. In grade eleven it combines the advanced study of philosophy with
sophisticated research and presentation skills.
Outdoor Education becomes part of the integration during the senior years. Activities such as
canoeing, hiking, and camping are undertaken in order to develop a spirit of co-operation, to
enhance social relationships and to create a physical challenge for students. Students in grade 12
spend six days (four school days plus a weekend) canoeing the Broken Islands, observing
remnants of the history of a First Nations settlement and studying marine biology in the region.

Challenge Program students spend some of their time together, but they are an integral part of
Esquimalt High School in that they are spread throughout all of the teacher advisor groups, and they
take elective courses with students in the other programs. As the students mature, they spend less
time together and become more completely integrated into the school at large.

Some of the elective offerings which allow intellectually gifted students to meet and work with other
students in the school are computer studies, drama, graphic and visual arts, jazz studies, vocal and
instrumental music, music composition, journalism, psychology, women’s studies and creative
writing.

The 4-C Program is now in its twenty-seventh year, and there are currently ten teachers working in
it. These teachers work with all students in the school, not exclusively with 4-C Program students.
We believe that the supportive learning climate provided at Esquimalt High School combine to make
the program attractive to intellectually gifted students. We look forward to working with new
students and to refining our delivery of services to them as new and exciting educational changes
take place in our schools

DISTRICT CHALLENGE TESTING PROGRAM:

In order for students to be considered for the Challenge Program they must be tested. The testing is
used in conjunction with the student’s application to create a student profile. The information below is
intended to help you understand District Program’s testing process.

This notice will specify scheduled dates and times. The student must come to Esquimalt on the days
and times specified. If your child cannot attend on the dates scheduled, please call the school to re-
schedule your child’s testing session. If your child is ill on the day of his/her test please call the school
in the morning to arrange for an alternative date(s).




              Testing will take place at Esquimalt, February 26, 27 and 28, 2007. Students
                                             will be notified.


Screening

1.   Once all information is received and collated, the Screening Committee will sit and decisions will
     be made to either:

     i)   accept the applicant into a District program; or

     ii) notify the applicant that he/she has not been accepted and suggest other options for
         consideration.
2.   Esquimalt will:

     i)        establish and maintain a roster of recommended students;

     ii) communicate in writing the status of the student to the recommending school and parents;

     iii) retain the application and documentation if the student is accepted; or

     iv) return the application and documentation to the current school for placement in the student's
         counselling file.

3.        Appeal Procedure

          a.      the Committee will discuss the decision with the parents and with the student, if
                  appropriate.

          b.      upon request of the parents and student, the District Committee will reconsider previously
                  and newly submitted information on a student who has not been placed in a gifted program.

          c.      the appeal must be received in writing within two weeks of placement notification.
                     GREATER VICTORIA SCHOOL DISTRICT #61
                          CHALLENGE PROGRAM APPLICATION
                                               Esquimalt High School

                                             INSTRUCTIONS

   PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING CHECKLIST TO ENSURE THAT ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION IS INCLUDED IN THE
   APPLICATION.
                  (PROGRAM PERSONNEL WILL NOT ASSUME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CALLING FOR MISSING ITEMS.)


Parent / Guardian:
      Please fill out the following form:
              ❏         REGISTRATION FORM
      Please include:
              ❏         PARENT LETTER OF SUPPORT
                        Write a letter of support for your child’s application to the “Challenge Program Committee”
                            •     State why you think your child is a good candidate for the program
                            •     Please limit your letter to two pages (written) or one page (typed).

              ❏         COPY OF MOST RECENT REPORT CARD for your child



STUDENT:

      Please include the following:
              ❏         LETTER OF APPLICATION
                        Write a letter of application to the Challenge Program Committee
                         •     Tell them why you would want to be part of the program.
                         •     Tell why you think you are suited for this program
                         •     Please limit your letter to two pages (written) or one page (typed).
              ❏         STUDENT INTEREST AND ACHIEVEMENT SURVEY
                        To be completed by the student. Parents and teachers are encouraged to assist the student.

              ❏         WORK SAMPLES
                        Please provide examples that represent your best work.
                        Work samples are critical to our selection process.
                        Work samples should be recent.
                        Work samples must be able to fit into a file folder. 3D
                        projects/samples may be photographed for submission.

      Examples of work should include:
                        ❏        Creative Writing
                        ❏        Long term research or investigative project
                        ❏        Math Work or Test
                        ❏        Sample of other creative work (e.g. art, photograph, drama, cartooning, etc.)

      PLEASE SIGN AND DATE EACH SAMPLE. ALL WORK SAMPLES WILL BE RETURNED
                               GREATER VICTORIA SCHOOL DISTRICT #61

                                              CHALLENGE PROGRAM

                                 REGISTRATION FORM

    STUDENT INFORMATION:
            PLEASE PRINT

    Surname:                                                            First name:

    Date of Birth:                                Age:                              ❏      Male        ❏   Female
                       Year / Mon / Day

    Present School:                                                                   ❏      French Immersion




PARENT / GUARDIAN INFORMATION:

Mother:                                                                Father:

Address:

City:                                                                  Postal Code:

Home Phone :                                                           Work Phone:

E-Mail Address:



PARENT / GUARDIAN CONSENT:

                                                                                          (Date)

I / we give consent for                                         to apply to the District Gifted and Talented Program at



•      I / we accept responsibility for ensuring that this application is complete and all items listed in the check list
       are included and submitted by the deadline. (Program personnel will not assume responsibility for calling for
       missing items.)

•      I / we give consent for group and/or individual intellectual and/or academic tests to be administered.

•      I / We understand that we must assume responsibility for the transportation to / and from Cedar Hill or
       Esquimalt Secondary School.


           (Parent / Guardian Signature)                                         (Student Signature)
                                   DISTRICT CHALLENGE PROGRAM

                         STUDENT INTEREST AND ACHIEVEMENT SURVEY
                                          (to be completed by student)


 Name:                                                          Present School:




1.       List your past and present involvement with clubs and organizations and/o r extra-curricular school
         activities. Include length of involvement, positions held, and recognition received.

             Length of
               Time                     CLUB / ORGANIZATION                             POSITION / AWARD




2.       List hobbies and interests including sports, family activities, collections, games, traveling, etc. Tell how
         long and outline your involvement.

             Length of
               time                     HOBBIES / INTERESTS                                INVOLVEMENT




3.       Describe what you like most about school and subjects and why.




4.       Describe what you like least about school and subjects and why.




5.       Is there some area you are extremely interested in or passionate about? If so, in what? Explain.
               INTEREST/PASSION                                          EXPLANATION

								
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