Students who are identified as gifted and talented have special needs. The Saskatoon Public Schools Academically Gifted Education (SAGE) program (formerly known as AcTal) provides differentiated learning experiences beyond those normally provided in the regular program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated. The program is guided by current research on the nature of giftedness and the learning needs of gifted students.
Beginning in September 2019, Dr. John G. Egnatoff School will be one of three elementary schools that is home to the SAGE program. This program is offered to students in grades 5-8 who qualify for this program. Students are identified for the program in the Grade 4 year by using group intelligence and achievement tests, as well as teacher recommendations. Parents are also able to recommend that their child be screened for the program.
The Grade 4 teacher completes a referral form that is intended to provide a multitude of information such as indicators of a student's cognitive abilities, academic achievement, performance in a variety of settings, interests, creativity, motivation, learning characteristics and behaviour. This information is acquired from a variety of sources such as test scores, school grades, comments by teachers and parents, and others.
The data provided for each student is reviewed by the admissions committee using a selection criteria rubric. A maximum of 28 students per school are chosen for the Grade 5 class. The remainder of the students who meet the criteria are placed in a waiting pool and may be invited to join the program if an opening becomes available. In all cases, the appropriateness of the decision will be monitored and periodically reviewed to make sure that it continues to be a good fit for the student.