Gifted Program

Gifted Program

The Gifted Intensive Support (ISP) is open to students with a Gifted designation, meaning students who have been identified by the TDSB as Gifted through the IPRC process. Students must also live in the DMCI catchment. 



Gifted classes at DMCI are self-contained and the curriculum is accommodated to meet the learning needs of gifted students. Course delivery is differentiated by breadth in that the content explores broad-based themes, and by depth and pace of topics. Inquiry-based learning organized around essential questions is a general focus of the program.

DMCI offers courses in core subject areas for ...

Grade 9 - English, Geography, Math, Science and French

Grade 10 - English, History, Math, Science

Grade 11 - English, math

Grade 12 - English

Elective courses at the senior level (grade 11 and 12) change from year to year. In most recent years Gifted courses have been offered in the maths, sciences and French.



1. How do we enroll in the Gifted Program at DMCI?

Grade 8 students in the TDSB are to participate in a review IPRC. At this time an Offer of Placement will be made for a GIfted Program. Students in the DMCI catchment are most likely to receive an Offer of Placement for DMCI.

2. Can my child participate in both the GIfted program and the CyberArts program?

Yes - if your child lives in the DMCI catchment area. 

If, you do NOT live in the catchment area your child is welcome to apply for the CyberArts program but they are not permitted to take part in the Gifted program.

3. I would like to arrange for testing for my child. How do I go about it?

Students are typically tested in the TDSB in grade 3. However, if you feel your child may be gifted make the request to his/her school's special education MART or school principal. 

4. My child has been identified as gifted in another school board. Will the TDSB honour that identification?

To be identified as Gifted in the TDSB students must have a GAI in at least the 98th percentile, preferably using WISC-V. Students with this criteria will undergo a SEPRC to gain conditional permission to attend a TDSB Gifted Program. After a probationary period of approximately 6 months an IPRC will be held to review the students suitability.

5. How will the program be different than the regular classroom program?

You can expect the gifted program to provide fundamentally different learning experiences from the regular academic program. The kind of learning experiences, the breadth and depth of content and delivery methods, and the pacing of the learning reflects the unique needs, interests, aspirations, and concerns of gifted learners.

6.  What additional opportunities are there for my gifted child?
There are several excellent summer programs available for high school students to "get a taste" of university life. These programs focus on developing leadership skills, building self-confidence, and pursuing enrichment opportunities - all in a residential setting. Testimonials from students who have completed these programs have been overwhelmingly positive. A couple of examples that DMCI gifted students have participated in include Shad Valley and Queen's Enrichment Studies Unit.

For more information about the gifted program and the range of academic and extracurricular opportunities available for Gifted students in the TDSB, please consult the TDSB Special Education Parents' site, where you will find the TDSB's Special Education Plan, the Parents' Guide to Special Education, information on the IPRC process, Assistive Technology, and much more.

Shannon Russell
Assistant Curriculum Leader, Gifted