Saskatoon Public Schools Academically Gifted Education (SAGE) is a program for gifted learners in grades 5 to 12. The SAGE classroom creates an environment that fosters advanced learning, critical thinking and creative problem-solving by providing enriched opportunities, both in and out of school, and building a community of like-minded learners.
In a congregated 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 SAGE program at one of five schools (three elementary, two secondary). Students represent a wide variety of backgrounds and talents. What ties them together is their intellectual talent and need to make connections with others who understand and accept them.
SAGE congregated classrooms are located at the following schools:
In elementary school, student placement is based on the neighbourhood the student lives in.
A combination of teacher observation, assessment data, characteristics of giftedness and student work are used to help identify students who may benefit from SAGE programming.
elementary programs, students in Grade 4 may be identified by their teacher as benefiting from gifted programming. These students are referred to the SAGE committee. The committee contacts parents/caregivers to encourage them to consider having their child attend the Grade 5 SAGE classroom at the school within their catchment area.
secondary programs, letters of invitation are sent to Grade 8 students upon teacher recommendation. The referral process takes place from December through February and includes a student writing component. Referred students can indicate which collegiate they would prefer to attend.
To inquire about admission at grades other than Grade 4 and Grade 8, please contact Colleen Dauvin at
For questions, please contact Colleen Dauvin by phone at 306-683-8223 or by email at