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Academic Challenge

Bring out the best in your gifted child with our Academic Challenge program! This program serves students in Grades 7-9 at our site. 

Is your child intellectually gifted? Are you seeking a more challenging learning environment for him/her?

Academic Challenge (AC) might be right for your child if he/she:

  • seems disinterested in regular classwork;
  • may finish assignments ahead of classmates; 
  • is looking for leadership opportunities at school; 
  • demonstrates high motivation, strong problem-solving ability, logical thinking and creativity;
  • has very specific areas of interest, which sometimes interferes with schoolwork and/or peer relationships; or
  • is interested in pursuing Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes in high school.

Our AC program offers an enriched curriculum to help keep your gifted child engaged and motivated to reach further. AC encourages students to:

  • follow their interests; 
  • learn at their own pace;
  • work with like-minded peers;
  • use a variety of resources to conduct research; and
  • learn creatively.

The program offers unique learning opportunities that challenge your children and feed their curiosity and passion for knowledge and growth. 

AC is offered at Sir Alexander Mackenzie (Grades 4-6) and Hillgrove (Grades 7-9). The majority of AC students then enter academic programs in high school – either International Baccalaureate at Bellerose, or Advanced Placement at Paul Kane. 

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