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Alberta gifted schools

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Alberta.




On this page, we cover private schools in Alberta that offer gifted programs and support. This includes schools in Edmonton and Calgary. We also touch on public schools for gifted children.

For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a discussion of gifted tests and assessments, read our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Alberta

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Alberta

  4. Compare gifted schools

  5. A primer on gifted education
  6. Further resources


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Private schools are not obligated to support gifted children with special programs. Many private schools don't — even ones with strong academic reputations. The schools listed on this page, however, do. We organize the schools into groups: dedicated gifted schools, schools with dedicated gifted classes, and schools offering in-class gifted support. Then, in the fourth group, we identify schools that don't offer formal gifted support but have accelerated curricula for all their students.


 
  • Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)
  • Delta West Academy
  • North Point School For Boys
  • Banbury Crossroads School
  • River Valley School
  • Calgary French & International School
  • The Third Academy
  • Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)
  • West Island College
  • Edge School
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Progressive Academy

These are self-contained gifted schools, where 100% of the students are gifted. Teachers and staff can focus on tailoring the environment to gifted students, without compromise.

 
School NameTypePaceCost

The Third Academy (est. 1997)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
Third Academy is Calgary's school for special needs and gifted education. The school teaches what students need, the way they need it and never loses sight of well-rounded learning. Click to learn more. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$10,000

These schools have a separate, dedicated class (or classes) where 100% of the students are gifted. These gifted classes can be either full-time or part-time, and exist in parallel to regular, non-gifted classes.

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Since 1979, Banbury's student-paced approach with tutorial instruction is in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Meainingful relationships enhance learning. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning--CCSDL. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$9,000 to $13,000

Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
Calgary French & International School, a traditional, alternative private school, offers preschool to grade 12 with enrolment of 750 day students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$10,810 to $12,720

Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)

  • Foothills, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (55 students)
An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders. Bursary programs available to qualified applicants. JK to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$8,925 to $10,750

These schools offer support for gifted students within the regular classroom. Gifted students stay with regular learners, while receiving special, individualized programming.

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)

  • Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic private school providing educational and clinical support services, individualized instruction and engaging interaction to get students back on track and restore confidence. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced

Delta West Academy (est. 1993)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students. Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and academic excellence for everyone. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$9,900 to $17,550

North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (60 students)
North Point provides a program for boys that is a fundamental re-thinking of how a classroom operates. We design environments and experiences that are specifically geared to challenge and engage boys. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$7,000 to $12,000

River Valley School (est. 1983)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (325 students)
RVS offers programs for the Early Learning & Elementary years in Progressive, Montessori & Arrowsmith environments. Specialists teach fine arts, physical education and French language. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Standard-enriched$7,400 to $13,100

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)

  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced

West Island College (est. 1982)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (550 students)
West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$15,650 to $20,200

Edge School (est. 1999)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$15,600 to $16,640

Progressive Academy (est. 1983)

  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Progressive Academy offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Students are not restricted to their grade level, but encouraged to work ahead. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$8,100 to $16,400





Our gifted education guide has advice specific to finding gifted schools, programs, and support. For more general advice (on how to evaluate school options), we recommend you read our guide to choosing a school. If you want to learn more about how to find the preschool for your child, read our dedicated guide.

Private school expos

Private school expos are a great way to find a school. We have annual private school expos in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, and Halton-peel. These expos allow you to speak with many private schools, some of which have gifted programs—all in the same place. Find a gifted school near you.

Parent discussion forum

Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school search. The Our Kids parent discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and related to gifted education and gifted schools. Take advantage of our community of parents, educational experts, and school officials to help answer your questions about lots of different topics.

Upcoming open house events

Open houses are a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For some general advice on open house visits, go here. For questions that are specific to gifted schools and programs, check out our main gifted education guide.

School nameDateLocation
Summit West Independent SchoolOctober 18, 2017 9:00 amSummit West Independent School
178003 112 St W Foothills Alberta T1S 0V8
West Island CollegeOctober 26, 2017 7:00 pmWest Island College
7410 Blackfoot Trail Southeast Calgary Alberta T2H 1M5
Summit West Independent SchoolNovember 15, 2017 9:00 amSummit West Independent School
178003 112 St W Foothills Alberta T1S 0V8
Summit West Independent SchoolDecember 13, 2017 9:00 amSummit West Independent School
178003 112 St W Foothills Alberta T1S 0V8
Summit West Independent SchoolJanuary 10, 2018 9:00 amSummit West Independent School
178003 112 St W Foothills Alberta T1S 0V8
Summit West Independent SchoolFebruary 14, 2018 9:00 amSummit West Independent School
178003 112 St W Foothills Alberta T1S 0V8
Summit West Independent SchoolMarch 14, 2018 9:00 amSummit West Independent School
178003 112 St W Foothills Alberta T1S 0V8
Summit West Independent SchoolApril 11, 2018 9:00 amSummit West Independent School
178003 112 St W Foothills Alberta T1S 0V8
Summit West Independent SchoolMay 16, 2018 9:00 amSummit West Independent School
178003 112 St W Foothills Alberta T1S 0V8
Summit West Independent SchoolJune 13, 2018 9:00 amSummit West Independent School
178003 112 St W Foothills Alberta T1S 0V8




Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in Alberta reflects private school tuition in general. Private schools can range from $5,000 to over $30,000 per year for day students.

There are quite a few affordable private schools for gifted children. Inexpensive schools can often provide an excellent education by focusing on the classroom basics. You don't need to spend a fortune on bells and whistles: the key is getting your child individualized support.

Having said that, the more costly schools tend to provide more in-class and extracurricular opportunities. They are also often larger and more established. For most schools, though, the largest expense is teacher salaries.

Many schools offer financial aid (also known as "bursaries", "tuition relief", or "tuition assistance") and scholarships. Financial aid is needs-based, while scholarships are given for some measure of merit (whether it be academic, athletic, or something else).

You can read more about financial aid and scholarships in our dedicated guide. You can also read about preschool costs and funding.

Typically, the larger and more expensive private schools provide the most aid. Even comfortable middle-class families can be eligible to receive aid. So, don't be afraid to ask a school about it—whatever your financial situation.

Below, you'll find the range of costs for Alberta private schools with gifted programs:

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Delta West Academy$9,900 to $17,5505%3 - 12$10,000
North Point School For Boys$12,00020%K - 9$6,000
Banbury Crossroads School$9,000 to $13,00010%K - 12$3,500
The Third Academy$10,0001 - 12
Edge School20%5 - 12
Summit West Independent School$8,925 to $10,75020%SK - 12$3,000





 Legend:

DS: Dedicated gifted schools
DC: Dedicated gifted classes
SE: Subject-enrichment
CC: Curriculum compacting
IS: Guided independent study
CL: Cyber-learning
AC: Accelerated pace
LI: Language immersion
AP: Advanced Placement
IB: International Baccalaureate
SN: Special needs and LD support
 




 




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)TraditionalStudent-pacedVery High
Delta West AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 12Mild difficultiesMedium integration
North Point School For BoysProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficultiesHeavy integration
Banbury Crossroads SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Mild difficultiesMedium integration
River Valley SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 18HighMedium integration
Calgary French & International SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20Mild difficulties
The Third AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Very High
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)TraditionalStudent-pacedVery High
West Island CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 25LimitedMedium integration
Edge SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 16Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Summit West Independent SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive13 to 15HighHeavy integration
Progressive AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedRigorous16 to 20Mild difficulties





 Legend:

 ADHD

Learning disorders:
 Dyslexia
 Auditory processing disorder
 Dyscalculia
 Dysgraphia
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:
 Autism
 Asperger's

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Depression
 Suicidal
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
Physical:
 Dyspraxia
 Blindness
 Deafness
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical
 




 
 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)Homestay: rolling100%
Delta West AcademyDay: rolling7 - 11JK - 1275%
North Point School For BoysDay: rollingK - 9100%
Banbury Crossroads SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 12100%
River Valley SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 690%
Calgary French & International SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 1275%
The Third Academy
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)Homestay: rolling100%
West Island CollegeDay: Feb 28, 201680%Oct 26, 2017
Edge SchoolDay: rolling100%
Summit West Independent SchoolDay: rollingJK - 1270%Oct 18, 2017
Progressive AcademyDay: rollingPreschool - 12100%




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Delta West Academy80%80%80%80%70%70%70%70%70%70%50%70%50%25%
North Point School For Boys
Banbury Crossroads School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
River Valley School90%90%90%90%90%90%90%90%90%
Calgary French & International School70%85%20%50%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
The Third Academy
West Island College80%80%80%80%80%80%
Edge School100%
Summit West Independent School70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%
Progressive Academy




 




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)
Delta West AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
North Point School For BoysEqual BalanceInquiryTraditionalEqual BalanceAudio-LingualCreative
Banbury Crossroads SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismCommunicativeEqual Balance
River Valley SchoolDiscovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Calgary French & International SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Third Academy
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)
West Island CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Edge SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Summit West Independent SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
Progressive Academy




 
 
Student council
School newspaper
Yearbook
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Choir
Band
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
Delta West Academy
North Point School For Boys
Banbury Crossroads School
River Valley School
Calgary French & International School
West Island College
Edge School
Summit West Independent School
Progressive Academy




 
 
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Cricket
Equestrian
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rowing
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track and Field
Volleyball
Wrestling
Delta West Academy
North Point School For Boys
Banbury Crossroads School
River Valley School
Calgary French & International School
West Island College
Edge School
Summit West Independent School
Progressive Academy




Make no mistake: gifted children have different needs than typical students. These learners are often so advanced that they are outliers in the classroom: a normal curriculum and approach won't do.

When these students don't receive the custom support they need, they can disengage from school. This can sometimes lead to social and behavioural problems.

If you know or suspect your child is gifted, you're faced with the following questions:

You can also consider alternative options, like language immersion programs, the International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement courses (for older students), special needs schools, or other alternatives like Montessori schools.

To help navigate all the options for your gifted child, start with our introductory guide to gifted education. Having done that, you can come back to this page to check out your school options in Alberta.

Private school policies

Private schools are not required by law to provide support for gifted children—and many don't. On the other hand, some private schools are able to offer excellent programs and support for gifted students.

In the end, it's up to you to make sure school is properly set up for your gifted child. The list of private schools on this page (above) is a good place to start your search.