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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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Gifted schools



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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.


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

Progressive Academy (est. 1983)  

  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Progressive Academy's programs inspire students from preschool to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Wonderful faculty, wide range of experiential opportunities and high expectations ignite a desire to learn. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$8,550 to $16,800


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

Montessori School of Calgary   

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,280 to $13,500

Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

  • Foothills, Alberta
  • K 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. K to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$8,925 to $10,750

Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool 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
$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 graduates will be active global citizens with a foundation for life-long success, and our school will be the leader in French immersion and international education. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$7,490 to $14,310
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These schools offer support for gifted students within the regular classroom. Gifted students stay with regular learners, while receiving special, individualized programming.

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Edge School (est. 1999)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,000 to $18,270

River Valley School (est. 1983)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (325 students)
River Valley is an inclusive independent school in the heart of NW Calgary that provides exceptional education for 3-year-olds to grade 6 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Waldorf
$7,830 to $13,900

Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (500 students)
Our school has two programs: Academy, for students with learning difficulties who have yet to consistently perform at grade level, and Collegiate, for students at or above grade level and looking for new challenges. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,010 to $18,885

North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (60 students)
North Point taps into the natural curiosity and energy of boys as a foundation for life-long learning. A strong academic program is just the beginning - we fuel motivation through real-life learning, digital platforms... [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,000 to $12,000

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) (est. 2000)  

  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 ()
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


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
$16,120 to $21,120

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
$9,900 to $17,550

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
$10,000






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. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

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
Calgary French & International SchoolOctober 18, 2018 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Delta West AcademyOctober 20, 2018 10:30 amDelta West Academy
414 11 A Street NE Calgary Alberta T2E 4P3
River Valley SchoolOctober 24, 2018 6:30 pmRiver Valley School
6305 33 AVE NW Calgary Alberta T3B 1K8
West Island CollegeOctober 25, 2018 7:00 pmWest Island College
7410 Blackfoot Trail Southeast Calgary Alberta T2H 1M5
Calgary French & International SchoolNovember 01, 2018 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
North Point School For BoysNovember 14, 2018 7:00 pmNorth Point School For Boys
2445 23rd Ave SW Calgary Alberta T2T 0W3
Calgary French & International SchoolNovember 15, 2018 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolNovember 29, 2018 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolJanuary 10, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
River Valley SchoolJanuary 23, 2019 6:30 pmRiver Valley School
6305 33 AVE NW Calgary Alberta T3B 1K8
Calgary French & International SchoolJanuary 24, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolFebruary 07, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolFebruary 21, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolMarch 14, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolApril 11, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolApril 18, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1




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)
Edge School$13,000 to $18,27020%4 - 12
Summit West Independent School$8,925 to $10,75020%SK - 12$3,000
Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate$12,010 to $18,885
North Point School For Boys$12,00020%K - 9$6,000
Banbury Crossroads School$9,000 to $13,00010%K - 12$3,500
Delta West Academy$9,900 to $17,5505%3 - 12$10,000
Third Academy$10,0001 - 12





 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
Montessori School of CalgaryMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect SupportLight integration
Edge SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 16No supportMedium integration
Summit West Independent SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive13 to 15Resource AssistanceHeavy integration
River Valley SchoolProgressiveWaldorfStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 17No supportMedium integration
Calgary Academy & Calgary CollegiateTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 20Special needs schoolHeavy integration
Progressive AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedRigorous16 to 20Resource Assistance
North Point School For BoysProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) TraditionalStudent-pacedSpecial needs schoolLight integration
Banbury Crossroads SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
Calgary French & International SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20Indirect SupportMedium integration
West Island CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 25No supportMedium integration
Delta West AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 12No supportMedium integration
Third AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20Special needs school





 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
Montessori School of CalgaryDay: rollingPreschool - 6
Edge SchoolDay: rollingK - 12100%
Summit West Independent SchoolDay: rollingK - 1270%
River Valley SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 690%Oct 24, 2018
Calgary Academy & Calgary CollegiateDay: rolling2 - 12
Progressive AcademyDay: rollingPreschool - 12100%
North Point School For BoysDay: rollingK - 9100%Nov 14, 2018
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) Day: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
Banbury Crossroads SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 12100%
Calgary French & International SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 1275%Oct 18, 2018
West Island CollegeDay: Feb 28, 201680%Oct 25, 2018
Delta West AcademyDay: rolling7 - 11JK - 1275%Oct 20, 2018
Third Academy1 - 12




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




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Montessori School of CalgaryDiscovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Edge SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Summit West Independent SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
River Valley SchoolDiscovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Calgary Academy & Calgary CollegiateEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Progressive Academy
North Point School For BoysEqual BalanceInquiryTraditionalEqual BalanceAudio-LingualCreative
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesWe don't offer Fine Arts
Banbury Crossroads SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismCommunicativeEqual Balance
Calgary French & International SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
West Island CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Delta West AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Third 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
Montessori School of Calgary
Edge School
Summit West Independent School
River Valley School
Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
Progressive Academy
North Point School For Boys
Banbury Crossroads School
Calgary French & International School
West Island College
Delta West 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.