What Makes Choice School Unique?

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What makes a one-of-a-kind school?

One answer to this question is to look at Choice School for the Gifted, an independent school located in Richmond BC. Established in 1985, this school has provided and continues to provide a learning environment specifically tailored for elementary gifted learners. The program offered at Choice is unique. While meeting the requirements of delivering the BC Ministry of Education curriculum, it also draws on a large body of research and best practices for the provision of appropriate learning for students who have identified gifts and talents.

British Columbia, as with many educational jurisdictions, recognizes gifted learners as having special needs that require provision of learning opportunities and a flexible environment tailored to students who learn at a faster pace, who possess extensive background knowledge, and who are innovators and creators, problem solvers and critical thinkers. To do so, class sizes are limited, staff are experienced in working with these students and the curriculum is designed to provide for the opportunities to explore and express the interests that drive their students. A day spent at Choice might find grade 2 and 3 students learning chemistry or how to count in Greek because their curiosity has taken them there. In every corner books abound, intense discussions are underway, investigations are undertaken as questions about current events, how something is made or change of seasons ignite interest and exploration. As part of the regular weekly schedule, students undertake challenges in areas of interest not normally available in schools such as calligraphy, robotics, rocketry, needlework or cooking, creating instruments or distinctive and complex works of art – all driven by their interests and all circling back into the learning outcomes of science, social studies, language arts, music, art, and mathematics.

Driving all of this is a vision of learning as engaging, active, responsive and personalized so that each learner can work towards meeting their potential and stretch beyond. It is a one-of-a-kind place and we are open to having you come and see us in action!

Maureen McDermid
Choice School Director

Maureen McDermid

Maureen McDermid
Choice School Director