Gifted students often fare much better in private schools, where their needs can be better met.

Gifted students are likely to be bored and under-stimulated in a public school where they are, at times, under appreciated and not always receiving the attention they deserve. In a private school, smaller classrooms and attentive, well trained teachers can make a world of difference to the gifted child. In fact, there are educators who balk at teaching gifted children because these children are bored with ordinary curricula.Rather than being seen as a boon to the classroom these children are seen as a disadvantage by some teachers. This extends to the social sphere, where they may be seen as “nerds” or worse.

SchoolAdvice lists numerous schools for gifted kids with programs for gifted children below. While social inclusion is important, it is also important that your child is able to develop their gifts so that they may fully realize their potential. Having your gifted child in a private school should be part of your long term plan for providing your child with the best education he or she can receive so they may fully explore their giftedness.

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Identifying the Young Gifted Child

As a rule many children have extraordinary gifts, but not all children are extraordinarily gifted. Some of the signs that a child may be gifted are:

The ability to learn rapidly.

  • Highly creative.
  • Long attention span/short attention span.  – Tends to focus on tasks of interest to them.
  • Verbal proficiency or frustration. – May talk above the level of others and become frustrated with those that cannot.

Financial aid for gifted children

As with older students, there are scholarships and bursaries available for gifted children in many elementary and secondary private schools. In most cases, these may be offered by the schools themselves, and there may also be aid available from government or private organizations.

There are also numerous private schools in Canada that offer specialized programs well suited for gifted students:

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Schools for Gifted Kids

Schools offering gifted support follow one or more of the following models:

  • Only gifted students are admitted to the school. An assessment is often required to support the child’s status as gifted.
  • The school offers a special parallel program for gifted children within a class.
  • The schools offers an accelerated program.  Pedagogically this is not considered a gifted program.

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School

950 Academy Way, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 3A4

  • Traditional
  • Day | 625 (PS – 12),  Homestay | Varies (7 – 12) (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 4,500 – 21,000
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Académie de la Capitale

1010 Morrison Dr, Ottawa, ON K2H 8K7, Canada

  • Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
  • Day | PS – 12 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 11,200 – $16,715 per year
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Académie Marie-Claire

Académie Marie-Claire

18190 Boulevard Elkas, Kirkland, Quebec, H9J 3Y4

  • Liberal Arts, French Immersion
  • Day: PS – 6 | 320 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $11,850 – $12,500
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Académie Vaudrin Academy

1255 Emile-Bouchard, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Qc, J7V 0B7

  • Progressive, Montessori, Gifted/ Special Needs Support, French Immersion
  • Day: PS – 6 | 120 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $8,900
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PACE

Academy for Gifted Children

12 Bond Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 3K2, Canada

  • Traditional, Gifted Learner Support
  • Day | 1-12 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $12,500 per year
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Arrowsmith School

Toronto, Ontario

Banbury Crossroads School

201-2451 Dieppe Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7K1

  • Progressive, Gifted/ Special Needs Support
  • Day: JK – 12 | 90 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $9,000 – 13,000
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Blaisdale Montessori School – Pickering

56 Old Kingston Road, Ajax, Ontario, L1T 2Z7, Canada

Century Private School

Century Private School

11181 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L2, Canada

  • Progressive, Montessori, Special Needs Support, Gifted Learner Support
  • Day PS – 12 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 8,400 – 26,800
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Cornerstone Montessori Prep School

177 Beverley Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1Y7
33 Mallard Road, Don Mills, Ontario, M3B 1S4

  • Liberal Arts, Montessori, Special Needs Support
  • Day | PS – 12(Coed)
  • Tuition: $12,900 – $22,800
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Crofton House School

3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1, Canada

Dearcroft Montessori School

1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1L3

  • Montessori, Gifted Learner / Special Needs Support
  • PS – 8 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 7,750 – 19,200
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High Park Day School

291A Jane Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 3Z3

  • Progressive, Reggio Emilia
  • Day | JK – 8 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $14,300 – $15,900 per year
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Hillfield-Strathallan College
Hillfield Strathallan College

299 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario, L9C 1G3, Canada

  • Traditional, Montessori (K-Elementary)
  • Day | PS – 12 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 6,900- 30,200
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John Knox Christian School

2232 Sheridan Garden Drive, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7T1

  • Traditional, Faith Based, Gifted Learner / Special Needs Support
  • Day | JK – 8 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 12,100 – 21,000
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Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School

420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8


Kingsway College School

4600 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 1A5

Lower Canada College

4090 Royal Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 2M5

  • Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
  • Day: K – 12 Varies |  775 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $17,195 – 22,000
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Madrona School Society

530 Hornby Street, Floor 2, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C2E7
2040 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2G3

Meadowridge School

12224 240th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V4R 1N1, Canada

  • Progressive, International Baccalaureate
  • JK – 12 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 19,400 – 25,900
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Mindwerx4Kids Day School

Toronto, Ontario


Montcrest School

4 Montcrest Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1J7

  • Progressive, Gifted Learner / Special Needs Support
  • Day | JK – 8 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 18,500 – 37,070
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Northmount School

26 Mallard Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 1S3

  • Traditional, Special Needs Support, Faith Based
  • Day | JK – 8 (Boys)
  • Tuition: $ 12,500 – 23,000
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Oakwood-Academy

Oakwood Academy

2317 Fairview Street, Suite 500 Burlington ON L7R 2E3

  • Traditional, Special Needs Support
  • Day: JK – 12 | 30 (Coed)
  • Tuition:$ 16,275 – 59,500
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OAT – Ontario Academy of Technology

55 Eglinton Avenue East, Unit 307, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1G8

  • Progressive, Academic, Gifted Learner / Special Needs Support
  • Day | 9 – 12 Coed)
  • Tuition: $500 – $1,500 per course
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Pear Tree Elementary

215-2678 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2G3, Canada


Peoples Christian Academy

245 Renfrew Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 6G3

Pickering College

16945 Bayview Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4X2, Canada

  • Traditional
  • Day: 300 | JK – 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding: 105 | 7-12 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 24,000 – 61,250
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Prestige School – Toronto Campus

21 Eddfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 2M5, Canada

  • Traditional, Gifted Learner Support
  • Day | PS-12 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 9,500 – 15,000
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Richland Academy

11570 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 3N7, Canada

  • Progressive, Reggio Emilia, Special Needs Support, IB Candidate School
  • Day | PS – 8 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 9,700 – 17,800
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Robert Land Academy

6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0

  • Military | Special Needs
  • Boarding: 125 | 6-12 (Boys)
  • Tuition: $51,500 – 59,500
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Sherwood Heights School

3065 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 1J3, Canada
5870 Kennedy Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4Z 4G6, Canada
  • Traditional, Academic
  • Day | JK – 8 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $10,690 – $11,860 per year
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St. Laurent Academy

641 Sladen Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 2S8, Canada

  • Progressive, French Immersion, Gifted Learner / Special Needs Support
  • Day | PS – 12 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 13,000 – 17,000
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St. Peter’s ACHS College School

6101 County Road #20 RR# 5, Harrow, Ontario, N0R 1G0

  • Traditional, Faith Based, Special Needs, Gifted
  • Day | Boarding JK – 8 (Boys)
  • Tuition: $8,900 – $29,000 per year
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Star Academy
Star Academy

1587 Cormack Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 2P8

  • Progressive, Montessori, Gifted Learner / Special Needs Support
  • Day | JK – 8 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $ 12,500 – 16,200
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The Abelard School

203 College Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1P9


The Dragon Academy

35 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1B2

  • Progressive, Reggio Emilia
  • Day | 6 – 12 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $20,500 – $26,500 per year
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The Giles School

Toronto, Ontario


Unionville Montessori Private Schools

4486 – 16th Avenue, Unionville, Ontario, L3R 0M1

  • Traditional, Montessori, Gifted Learner / Special Needs Support
  • Day | PS – 8 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $7,250- $13,150 per year
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University of Toronto Schools

371 Bloor Street West, Rm 119, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R7

  • Liberal Arts, Academic, Special Needs Support
  • Day | 7 – 12 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $23,590 per year
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Venta Preparatory School

Venta Preparatory School

2013 Old Carp Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K0A 1L0

  • Progressive, Gifted, Special Needs
  • Day: 65 | JK- 10 (Coed)
  • Boarding: 25 | JK – 10 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $10,000 to $41,085
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Villanova College

King, Ontario

Vinci School

Ottawa, Ontario

  • Montessori | Reggio Emilia
  • Day: Varies | NS – 6 (Coed)
  • Boarding: Varies | 1-6 (Coed)
  • Tuition: $12,500 to $14,000
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Wasdell Academy for Innovative Learning

Whitby, Ontario

WIC Montreal

West Island College

851 Tecumseh, Montreal (DDO), Quebec, H9B 2L2

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