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British Columbia gifted schools

Find the top gifted schools and programs in B.C.




On this page, we cover private schools in British Columbia (BC) that offer gifted schools, programs, and support. This includes schools in Vancouver and Victoria. Find the right school for your gifted child (there is also gifted testing in BC).

For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a discussion of young gifted children and gifted tests, start with our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of gifted schools in British Columbia

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in British Columbia

  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.


 
  • Brookes Shawnigan Lake
  • St. Margaret's School
  • St. Michaels University School
  • Island Pacific School
  • York House School
  • Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)
  • Brockton School
  • The Maria Montessori School Ltd.
  • Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
  • The Westside School
  • Mulgrave School
  • British Columbia Christian Academy
  • Avante School
  • Kelowna Christian School
  • Madrona School Society
  • ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • UWC Canada
  • Fraser Academy
  • Crofton House School

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

Madrona School Society (est. 1993)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Madrona School Society is a gifted school in Vancouver. It offers programs for kindergarten to grade nine with an average class size of six to 14 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$18,000 to $21,000

UWC Canada (est. 1974)

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$1 to $58,000

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

St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$17,235 to $61,590

Avante School (est. 2009)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Student-paced$6,500 to $13,500

Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$26,000 to $64,900

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced

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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Brookes Shawnigan Lake

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
Brookes Shawnigan Lake, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 7 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$5,544 to $47,500

St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • Boarding school (130 students)
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$9,500 to $49,300

Island Pacific School (est. 1995)

  • West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia
  • 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
Island Pacific School offers distinctly different programs for middle school students on Bowen Island, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$14,250 to $19,500

York House School (est. 1932)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (656 students)
York House School provides an exceptional education for girls from JK to Gr. 12. We instill in each girl the belief and confidence that girls can do anything! [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Reggio Emilia
Standard-enriched$20,600 to $21,400

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

Brockton School (est. 2004)

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Brockton is a co-ed, JK to Grade 12, IB Continuum World School located in beautiful North Vancouver. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched

The Maria Montessori School Ltd. (est. 1991)

  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
Authentic Montessori Preschool. Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. Montessori balances academics, exploration and skills guided by the child's natural interests. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$3,500 to $3,900

Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver (est. 1997)

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (182 students)
Cousteau school is a unique French language school in BC, #1 in the last Fraser Institute ranking. We provide academic excellence from Preschool to Grade 8. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$10,700 to $13,700

The Westside School (est. 2004)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
Westside's unique approach combines the best practices of Canadian and European education. Students are known, valued and understood as they prepare for admission to the top 50 universities and contributing lives beyond. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$9,000 to $55,000

British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)

  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (325 students)
BC Christian Academy offers Christian education from Preschool to Grade 12. Our dedication to academic excellence, strong Christian and moral values and a community built on compassion equip our students for the future. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$3,800 to $14,750

Kelowna Christian School (est. 1978)

  • Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (750 students)
Established in 1978, our passion is to provide families with transformative, excellent education that equips and inspires students to be disciples who are world changers that love and serve God and others. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$3,600 to $6,500

ArtsCalibre Academy (est. 2011)

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (160 students)
ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer Preschool to Grade Eight in 2017/2018, adding one grade per year through to Grade 12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Standard-enriched$4,750 to $5,850

Fraser Academy (est. 1982)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
Fraser Academy is a leader in the empowerment and education of Grade 1-12 students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Based in Vancouver, we are a fully accredited, independent day school. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched

Crofton House School (est. 1898)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (885 students)
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$18,960

These schools offer no formal program for gifted students, but have an accelerated baseline curriculum. This means all students—gifted or not—do the work of older peers at other schools. For highly gifted learners (those in the 99th percentile), this alone is likely not enough to support their needs.

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Mulgrave School (est. 1993)

  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$17,195 to $21,370




Our gifted education guide has advice specific to finding gifted schools and programs. For more general advice (on how to evaluate school options), we recommend you check out our guide to choosing a school. You can also learn about how to find the right preschool.

Private school expos

Private school expos can be a great way to find the right school for your child. 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 can also help you find the right school. The Our Kids parent discussion forum allows you to discuss gifted education, gifted schools, and other related topics. Join our large community of parents, educational experts, and school officials, to discuss educational options for your child.

Upcoming open house events

Open houses are another effective way to learn more about a school. For some general advice on open house visits, go here. If you have specific questions about gifted schools and programs, read our main gifted education guide.

School nameDateLocation
British Columbia Christian AcademyOctober 05, 2017 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyOctober 17, 2017 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
St. Michaels University SchoolOctober 20, 2017 9:00 amSt. Michaels University School
3400 Richmond Road Victoria British Columbia V8P 4P5
St. Michaels University SchoolOctober 20, 2017 9:00 amSt. Michaels University School
820 Victoria Avenue Victoria British Columbia V8S 4N3
York House SchoolOctober 21, 2017 9:00 amYork House Little School
3274 East Boulevard Vancouver British Columbia V6J 2V6
York House SchoolNovember 02, 2017 10:00 amYork House School
4176 Alexandra Street Vancouver British Columbia V6J 2V6
British Columbia Christian AcademyNovember 02, 2017 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
York House SchoolNovember 02, 2017 7:00 pmYork House School
4176 Alexandra Street Vancouver British Columbia V6J 2V6
British Columbia Christian AcademyNovember 14, 2017 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyDecember 04, 2017 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyDecember 14, 2017 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyJanuary 04, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
St. Margaret's SchoolJanuary 31, 2018 6:30 pmSt. Margaret's School
1080 Lucas Avenue Victoria British Columbia V8X 3P7
British Columbia Christian AcademyFebruary 15, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
St. Margaret's SchoolFebruary 23, 2018 9:00 amSt. Margaret's School
1080 Lucas Avenue Victoria British Columbia V8X 3P7
British Columbia Christian AcademyMarch 01, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyMarch 05, 2018 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyApril 05, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyApril 17, 2018 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyMay 03, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyMay 15, 2018 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyJune 05, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyJune 19, 2018 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyJuly 05, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyAugust 02, 2018 10:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyAugust 30, 2018 8:45 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8




The cost of gifted schools in BC tends to reflect private school tuition in general. Private schools usually range from $5,000 to $30,000 per year.

There are a number of affordable private schools for gifted children. Inexpensive schools can often provide a great education by focusing on the classroom basics. You don't need to spend a fortune on an education for your gifted child: the key is getting them specialized support.

That said, more costly schools often provide a wider range of in-class and extracurricular resources. They also tend to be larger and more established. Yet, for most schools, 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 merit (whether it be academic, athletic, or something else). Read our guide to financial aid and scholarships. We also discuss preschool costs and funding in particular.

Often, the larger and more expensive private schools provide the most aid. Even some middle-class families receive aid from private schools. So be sure to ask a school about it—no matter your financial situation.

Below, you'll find the range of costs at British Columbia private schools with gifted programs:

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Brookes Shawnigan Lake$5,544 to $11,49610%7 - 12$5,000
St. Margaret's School$11,900 to $24,000
St. Michaels University School$17,235 to $35,95520%K - 12$11,685
Island Pacific School$14,250 to $19,50015%6 - 9$5,000
Mulgrave School$17,195 to $21,3705%11 - 12$10,000
British Columbia Christian Academy$3,800 to $14,75018%K - 12
Avante School$6,500 to $13,50050%3 - 12$4,500
Kelowna Christian School$4,600 to $6,500K - 12
Madrona School Society$18,000 to $21,000K - 9
UWC Canada75%12$25,000
Crofton House School$18,960




 




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Brookes Shawnigan LakeProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Mild difficultiesLight integration
St. Margaret's SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 20HighMedium integration
St. Michaels University SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorousLimitedMedium integration
Island Pacific SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 18Mild difficultiesMedium integration
York House SchoolLiberal ArtsReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 22High
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)TraditionalStudent-pacedVery High
Brockton SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 20High
The Maria Montessori School Ltd.MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive18 to 20Limited
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 24HighMedium integration
The Westside SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedRigorous12 to 18HighMedium integration
Mulgrave SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous13 to 21Mild difficulties
British Columbia Christian AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportiveMild difficulties
Avante SchoolLiberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive4 to 8HighMedium integration
Kelowna Christian SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous23 to 25Mild difficulties
Madrona School SocietyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 14HighHeavy integration
ArtsCalibre AcademyProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 20Mild difficultiesLight integration
Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15ModerateHeavy integration
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 18Very High
UWC CanadaProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous6 to 16Mild difficulties
Fraser AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive7 to 10Very HighMedium integration
Crofton House SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous18 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
Brookes Shawnigan LakeDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 1295%
St. Margaret's SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Preschool - 1265%Jan 31, 2018
St. Michaels University SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
8 - 12K - 12Oct 20, 2017
Island Pacific SchoolDay: Dec 4, 20156 - 985%
York House SchoolDay: Dec 1, 20178 - 121 - 1230%Oct 21, 2017
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)Homestay: rolling100%
Brockton School
The Maria Montessori School Ltd.Day: rollingPreschool - K85%
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverK - 7100%
The Westside SchoolDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 1275%
Mulgrave SchoolDay: rolling6 - 116 - 1120%
British Columbia Christian AcademyDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Oct 5, 2017
Avante SchoolDay: Jul 31, 20163 - 12100%
Kelowna Christian SchoolDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 12
Madrona School SocietyDay: rollingK - 9100%
ArtsCalibre AcademyDay: rollingJK - 8100%
Shawnigan Lake SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 12
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood SchoolDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
UWC CanadaDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Nov 15, 2017
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
1225%
Fraser AcademyDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
Crofton House SchoolDay: Dec 1, 20166 - 12Nursery/Toddler - 12100%




 




 




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Brookes Shawnigan LakeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismCommunicativeCreative
St. Margaret's SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
St. Michaels University SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Island Pacific SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismCommunicativeCreative
York House School
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)
Brockton School
The Maria Montessori School Ltd.We don't offer Foreign LanguagesWe don't offer Fine Arts
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Westside SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryTraditionalPerennialismCommunicativeCreative
Mulgrave SchoolEqual Balance
British Columbia Christian AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Avante SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Kelowna Christian School
Madrona School SocietyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
ArtsCalibre AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicative
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
UWC Canada
Fraser AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
Crofton House School




 




 




There's no question about it: gifted children have different needs than most students. Gifted learners often have such advanced abilities that they stand out  in the classroom. This means a standard approach won't work. When these students don't receive the specialized programming they need, they won't feel challenged.

This often leads to boredom. It can also sometimes lead to behavioural and social issues.

If you have a gifted child, you'll be faced with several questions:

You can also consider alternative options. For instance, some gifted children enter language immersion programsInternational Baccalaureate programs, special needs schoolsadvanced placement courses (if they're older), or Montessori schools (if they're younger).

To learn about these options and more, in far more detail, read our introductory guide to gifted education. After doing so, you can come back to this page to explore your specific school options in BC.

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 offer highly tailored programs for gifted learners. In the end, though, it's up to you to ensure a school is the right fit for your gifted child. The list of private schools on this page (above) is a good place to start your search.