Saskatoon Public Schools offers a Grade 5–12 congregated program for gifted students. In a congregated Saskatoon Public Schools Academically Gifted Education (SAGE) classroom, the interaction with intellectual peers results in rapid growth of student learning. As well, social skills grow while intellectual needs are met.
Congregated classrooms concentrate on meeting what research tells us are the unique socio-emotional needs of gifted learners. Students work as peers to hold each other accountable for a high level of thinking. Non-conformity, challenge and creativity grow through interaction with other gifted students, causing many students to report that they belong or feel challenged for the first time.
Students come together from across the city to attend the congregated SAGE program at one of the five schools (three elementary, two secondary). Students represent a wide variety of backgrounds and talents. What ties these students together is their intellectual talent, as well as their need to make connections with others that understand and accept them.
A combination of teacher observation, assessment data, characteristics of giftedness and student work samples are used to help identify students who might benefit from SAGE programming.
For elementary programs, students in all Grade 4 classrooms during the winter have an opportunity to be identified as possibly benefiting from gifted programming. Once the referral process is completed, the SAGE Committee sends out a letter in March or April to specific parents/guardians encouraging them to consider having their son or daughter attend the school (within the correct catchment area) that has a Grade 5 SAGE classroom. The elementary SAGE Program is provided at Greystone Heights, Caswell, and Dr. John G. Egnatoff schools.
Similarly, for secondary programs, Grade 8 students may be identified as possibly benefiting from gifted programming. The secondary SAGE referral process takes place from December through February. The process includes a student writing component and referred students can indicate which location(s) they would prefer to attend. At the high school level, SAGE programming is provided at Walter Murray Collegiate for students in Grade 9-12 and at Bedford Road Collegiate for students in Grade 9-10.
Admission at grades other than Grade 4 and Grade 8 is through a referral process depending on availability in the program.
SAGE congregated classrooms are located at: