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Challenge Program

The Hamber Challenge Program now offers two options for students: The Challenge Program for Acceleration and Enrichment and the Challenge Studium Libertatis.
The Accelerated/Enriched Program presents highly-able students with a challenging Grade 8-12 program that encompasses both acceleration and enrichment. Students in the program are voracious learners who will complete three years of study in Grades 8 and 9, often moving above and beyond the traditional curriculum. This program will appeal to students of high ability who are extremely motivated to learn, respond well to a rapid pace of instruction, and thrive in a traditional classroom setting.  The program is offered in English, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics. Students may apply to any or all subjects. Acceptance will be on a subject by subject basis.  Generally, an “A” or “B” average in the pertinent subject is expected.
The Studium Libertatis is suitable for gifted learners who are extremely motivated to learn and thrive outside the traditional classroom setting. Students with a desire to shape the curriculum to suit their interests and to accommodate their learning styles as well as their ability to learn material quickly will find this program a good fit. This program is especially suitable for students who have been identified as “gifted” through the Psycho-Educational testing process.
This program is a unique opportunity for gifted learners who thrive on learning “outside the box” and who crave the ability to meaningfully influence the pace and content of their academic program. Students in this unique Grade 8-12 program will have four Challenge Blocks dedicated to English, Social Studies, Science and one or more Innovation Blocks.  Students will be assessed in Math and placed in the appropriate level Math class. Students may apply to both the Studium Libertatis and the Accelerated/Enriched Math.
Students in this program will have opportunities to customize their learning to address areas of passion. Instruction in the program will often step outside the traditional curriculum and will be driven by educational goals set by students and staff. Emphasis will be placed on creative innovative thinking, project-based learning, problem-based learning and student ownership of their own learning.​