Gifted Program

The Ministry of Education currently describes the exceptionality of Giftedness as: an unusually advanced degree of general intellectual ability that requires differentiated learning experiences of a depth and breadth beyond those normally provided in the regular school program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated. 

The OCDSB supports students with giftedness in a variety of ways including in a regular class environment or a specialized program class environment.
These students may have some of the following characteristics:

  • the mastery of new skills and concepts quickly

  • advanced vocabulary

  • superior judgment and reasoning abilities

  • strong sense of ethics and values

  • original, flexible and fluent thinking

At Bell High School, The Gifted Program allows students to experience a dynamic and rich school experience. Gifted students require differentiated learning opportunities of a depth and breadth beyond those normally provided in the regular school program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated. Students at Bell HS have access to a wide range of academic competitions (Math, Sciences, Business.. ), experiential learning (Shad Valley, post-secondary mini enrichment), enriched Cooperative Education placements (Ottawa Hospital - The Heart Institute), and Leadership opportunities (Student Senate, Model UN ).

OCDSB General Gifted Information

Gifted Information Sheet for Parents

Gifted Program
Specialization - What is the Process?

Still have questions? Below you will find the contact information for the Coordinators of the OCDSB Congregated Gifted Program (Grades 9 through 12) at Bell High School.

 Jenepher Harris 
Head of Special Education
Jeff Hemstreet
Head of Student Services


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