ABC Ottawa

ABC (Ottawa Region) is an all-volunteer organization, which draws its members from Ottawa, Nepean, Vanier, Kanata, Gloucester, Cumberland, Lanark County, West Carleton, Prescott-Russell and West Quebec.

Working on both the local and provincial level with individuals, teachers, Boards of Education and the Ministry of Education and Training, ABC seeks to increase the understanding of bright children at home, at school and in the community, and encourages the development of appropriate educational programs.

We invite you to participate in our programs and contribute to our activities!

Contact Info:

ABC Ottawa
By phone: (613) 860-1398
By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring 2015 Activities:

ABC Ottawa Take-off Enrichment Workshops (March 28 - May 9, 2015, registration starts 5 March)

Winter 2015 Activities:

Parents Helping Parents: Demystifying the Gifted Program (Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Fall 2014 Activities:

ABC Ottawa Take-off Enrichment Workshops (October 25 - November 29, 2014, registration starts 2 October)

Parent Discussion Groups (September 24, October 22, and November 26, from 7:30 – 9 pm)

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Representatives

Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)
Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO)

Changes to Specialized Gifted Program entry at the OCDSB

January 22, 2015.  The Learning Support Services (LSS) of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has introduced new criteria for entry into the Board's Specialized Gifted Program classes.  The new entry criteria were included as part of the Specialized Programs Criteria Update report presented to the OCDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) at their 21 January 2015 meeting.  The changes introduced, specifically to the Specialized Gifted Program, are a significant departure from the criteria that have been in place over the past ten years or more.  The report presented at SEAC implies that ABC Ottawa was consulted on the criteria sheet prior to the SEAC meeting.  Though ABC Ottawa representatives did meet with LSS staff, on 5 January 2015, at no time was the new criteria sheet presented.  ABC Ottawa is concerned about the nature of the changes as presented, and is reviewing the document in detail.

The entry criteria can be found on the OCDSB website as part of the 21 January 2015 SEAC agenda.

ABC Ottawa welcomes input from parents - you can reach us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Once ABC Ottawa has completed its review of the new entry criteria, it will put forward a report to the OCDSB with recommendations for their consideration.

Parents Helping Parents:

Parents Helping Parents: Demystifying the Gifted Program

Confused about gifted education options in Ottawa Public schools?
Need more information to make informed decisions?
Want an opportunity to speak with other parents who have "been there"?

Join ABC Ottawa and parents from various OCDSB gifted centres for an information evening where you can find answers to your questions:

• What does "gifted identification" mean?
• What does "placement" mean?
• What is an IPRC and an IEP?
• What are my child's placement options?
• What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different options?

The event will include informative speakers followed by an opportunity to speak with parents of students enrolled in the gifted program at schools across the city.

Where: McNabb Recreation Centre - Main Hall
180 Percy Street, Ottawa

When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Parents Helping Parents is presented as a free community service by ABC Ottawa

ABC Ottawa Take-off!

Take-off | Course Listing | FAQ Take-off

Saturday Morning Enrichment Workshops for Kids Ages 6-14

(Frequently Asked Questions about Take-off!)

The ABC Take-off program, hosted by the ABC Ottawa, provides challenging extracurricular educational opportunities for bright and gifted students, ranging in age from 6 - 14 years on Saturday mornings for six weeks in the spring and fall only.



The next session is...

Spring 2015 ABC Ottawa Take-off
March 28 - May 9, 2015, no classes on April 4
St. Paul's High School

Registration will begin on Registration Night
March 5, 7:30pm, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre

Course information will be available here by February 6, 2015.

As an example of courses please see the Fall 2014 brochure.

Courses are based on instructor availability.

See the Course Listing page for Fall 2014 - full and cancelled courses.

ABC Take-off Fall 2014 Brochure

Please note, there is no on-line or phone registration/reservation, and spaces are not reserved. After registration night, registrations are received by mail. Registrations are only accepted when received with payment in full - by cash or cheque only.


You can also follow ABC Ottawa Take-off! on Facebook for updates. (

ABC Ottawa Parent Discussion Group - Fall 2014

ABC Ottawa is offering another series of parent discussion groups this Fall. The groups will be facilitated by two long time ABC Ottawa members and volunteers. They have come up with a framework for the discussions, and we are sure parents will appreciate their experienced and personal perspectives on giftedness.

Three nights are planned: Wednesdays: September 24, October 22, and November 26, from 7:30 – 9 pm. The groups will meet in the Preschool Room at the McNabb Community Center 180 Percy St, Ottawa, ON K1R 6E5

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend.

September 24 – Navigating the identification of Giftedness

Subtopics: What does the term “Gifted” mean to me? Should I have my child assessed? Understanding the assessment report. How do I communicate the label to others? How do I advocate for my child’s educational needs? What do I do next?

October 22 – How does Giftedness “present” in my child(ren)?

Subtopics: What difficulties has my child encountered? Perfectionism, underachievement, intensity, sensitivity, social isolation and others. What do I say to my child about their giftedness? Social stigmas attached to gifted identification during the primary, middle and high school years.

November 26 – Gifted and relationships

Subtopics: How has giftedness affected my relationships with other? Spousal (ex-spousal) relationships, sibling relationship(s), grandparents, extended family, friends and colleagues. What difficulties have I encountered? Lack of support from parents, competitiveness among family members, generational differences in understanding "giftedness".

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend all or just one of the events.

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