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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 VancouverVictoria, Surrey, Burnaby, and Richmond. 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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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.


 
  • Southpointe Academy
  • St. Michaels University School
  • St. Margaret's School
  • Brookes School Canada
  • Meadowridge School
  • The Maria Montessori School
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • Brockton School
  • ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • Canada Star Secondary School
  • UWC Canada
  • Mulgrave School
  • Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Mediated Learning Academy
  • Kelowna Christian School
  • Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)
  • Madrona School Society

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

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
$1 to $58,000
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Madrona School Society (est. 1993)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 9 (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
$20,000 to $23,000


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

Southpointe Academy (est. 2000)  

  • Delta, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (545 students)
Southpoint Academy offers enriched curriculum for grades K-12. We provide the IB PYP curriculum and is a candidate school for the IB MYP. College board AP course are available for grades 10-12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,965 to $29,560

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
$18,500 to $66,100
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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
$27,200 to $67,900

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


Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)  

  • Burnaby, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [View profile]
  • Progressive


Mediated Learning Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
The Mediated Learning Academy is a special need school for students K-12 with certified teachers, supported by Speech-Language Pathologists; Occupational and Physiotherapists, and Counsellors [View profile]
  • Progressive
$11,000 to $13,000


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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

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
$9,500 to $49,300
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Brookes School Canada (est. 2009)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 6 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,400 to $52,550

The Maria Montessori School (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. We balance academics, exploration and skills guided by your child's natural interests. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$3,500 to $3,900

Brockton School (est. 2004)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School. Brockton hosts an Early Learning Years program, a Junior School, and a Senior School, with students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,400 to $23,700

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
$4,750 to $5,850

Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)  

  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
Canada Star Secondary's vision is to provide superior academic opportunities that allow our students to develop interests, pursue passions, and to follow the path to success and admission to top-ranked universities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,800

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
$4,750 to $6,550

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



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

Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (604 students)
Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$21,300 to $31,300

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

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.





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)
St. Michaels University School$18,500 to $38,59020%K - 12$11,685
St. Margaret's School$11,900 to $24,000
Brookes School Canada$14,400 to $16,40010%7 - 12$5,000
Shawnigan Lake School$27,20025%8 - 12
Brockton School$16,400 to $23,700
UWC Canada75%12$25,000
Mulgrave School$17,195 to $21,3705%11 - 12$10,000
Kelowna Christian School$4,750 to $6,55010%K - 12$4,094




 




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Southpointe AcademyProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 24No support
St. Michaels University SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
St. Margaret's SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 20No supportMedium integration
Brookes School CanadaProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 18No supportLight integration
Meadowridge SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
The Maria Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive18 to 20No support
Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Brockton SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousIndirect Support
ArtsCalibre AcademyProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedSupportive15 to 20No supportLight integration
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 18Special needs school
Canada Star Secondary SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No supportLight integration
UWC CanadaProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous6 to 16Indirect Support
Mulgrave SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous14 to 22No support
Whytecliff Agile Learning CentresProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive3 to 6Special needs school
Mediated Learning AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Special needs schoolMedium integration
Kelowna Christian SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous23 to 25No support
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)TraditionalStudent-pacedSpecial needs schoolLight integration
Madrona School SocietyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 14No supportHeavy integration





 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
Southpointe Academy30%
St. Michaels University SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
K - 12
St. Margaret's SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Preschool - 1265%
Brookes School CanadaDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 1295%
Meadowridge SchoolDay: rolling6 - 12JK - 12
The Maria Montessori SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - K85%
Shawnigan Lake SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 1260%
Brockton SchoolDay: rolling
ArtsCalibre AcademyDay: rollingJK - 8100%
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood SchoolDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
Canada Star Secondary SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 1274%
UWC CanadaDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Nov 15, 2017
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
1225%
Mulgrave SchoolDay: rolling6 - 116 - 1120%
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
Mediated Learning AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
90%
Kelowna Christian SchoolDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 1290%
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)Homestay: rolling100%
Madrona School SocietyDay: rollingK - 1070%




 




 




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Southpointe Academy
St. Michaels University SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
St. Margaret's SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Brookes School CanadaEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismCommunicativeCreative
Meadowridge SchoolDiscovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Maria Montessori SchoolEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesWe don't offer Fine Arts
Shawnigan Lake SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicative
Brockton School
ArtsCalibre AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
Canada Star Secondary SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
UWC Canada
Mulgrave SchoolEqual Balance
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
Mediated Learning AcademyDiscovery MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
Kelowna Christian School
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesWe don't offer Fine Arts
Madrona School SocietyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalancePerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance




 
 
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
Southpointe Academy
St. Michaels University School
St. Margaret's School
Brookes School Canada
Meadowridge School
Shawnigan Lake School
Brockton School
ArtsCalibre Academy
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
Canada Star Secondary School
UWC Canada
Mulgrave School
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
Mediated Learning Academy
Kelowna Christian School
Madrona School Society




 




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.