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Gifted schools in Quebec

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Quebec.




On this page, we cover private schools in Quebec that offer gifted programs and support, including schools in Montreal. We also touch on public schools for gifted children.

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

Table of contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Quebec

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Quebec

  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.


 
  • Bishop's College School
  • Villa Maria
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • St. George's School of Montreal
  • Lower Canada College
  • Kells Academy
  • Trafalgar School For Girls
  • The Study
  • West Island College (Montreal)
  • College Prep International
  • Kuper Academy
  • Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School
  • Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
  • École la Nouvelle Vague
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie

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

Bishop's College School (est. 1836)  

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is a member of RoundSquare and offers an ESL program and AP courses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$18,200 to $55,800


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

The Study (est. 1915)  

  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (385 students)
The Study offers a bilingual mother tongue programme in both English and French from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. The average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$19,230 to $21,655

College Prep International (est. 1944)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 5 to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students [View profile]
  • Traditional
$350 to $12,500

Kuper Academy (est. 1987)  

  • Kirkland, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (950 students)
Kuper Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eleven in Kirkland. Its average class size is 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional


Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé (est. 1956)  

  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (275 students)
  • Boarding school
SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
  • Traditional
$3,580 to $25,465

École la Nouvelle Vague   

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
The bilingual French and English curriculum of Ecole la Nouvelle Vague is based on the Ministry of Education accredited program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$10,820 to $11,535

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$4,000 to $9,150


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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Villa Maria (est. 1854)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1400 students)
Villa Maria offers programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. Its average class size is 30 to 34 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$4,175

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,795 to $52,814

St. George's School of Montreal (est. 1930)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (460 students)
St. George's School of Montreal is a bi-lingual private school where students acquire a life-long love of learning as we challenge each student to excel and become confident problem solvers and engaged citizens. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$17,390 to $21,217

Lower Canada College (est. 1909)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (785 students)
Lower Canada College is a coed, K-12 university preparatory school, committed to excellence in teaching and learning. It is the only English school in Quebec offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$17,625 to $22,485

Kells Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
Kells Academy is a private school in Montreal which offers Kindergarten to grade 11. Its average class size is 15 students. We offer boarding facilities & separate Elementary,Middle and High School campuses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,000 to $34,000

Trafalgar School For Girls (est. 1887)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (140 students)
Based in the heart of downtown Montreal, Trafalgar School for Girls is a diverse school community that challenges and inspires girls to love learning, build confidence and shape a better world. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$17,995 to $26,000

West Island College (Montreal) (est. 1974)  

  • Montreal (DDO), Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
West Island College offers French and French Immersion programs from grades seven to 11 in Montreal. It is a leader in innovative teaching methods. Average class size 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,080


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

Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)  

  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (320 students)
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School is a Tier 1 school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 11, located in Westmount, Quebec. For every girl who has a mind of her own, we have a school to nurture it. [View profile]
  • Progressive







Our gifted education guide has advice specific to finding gifted programming. For insights that are more general (on how to evaluate school options), we recommend you review our hub on 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 starting point for finding 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 one place. Find a gifted school near you.

Parent discussion forum

Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school-finding arsenal. The Our Kids parent discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and debate topics about gifted education. You can use our community of parents, educational experts, alumni, and school officials to help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Upcoming open house events

Attending open houses is 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 to ask that are specific to gifted programs, check out our main gifted education guide.

School nameDateLocation
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieSeptember 15, 2018 10:00 amPensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
628, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine Montreal Quebec H2V 2C5
Villa MariaSeptember 15, 2018 11:00 amVilla Maria
4245 Decarie Boulevard Montreal Quebec H4A 3K4
Villa MariaSeptember 22, 2018 11:00 amVilla Maria
4245 Decarie Boulvard Montreal Quebec H4A 3K4
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's SchoolSeptember 30, 2018 10:00 amMiss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School
525 Mount Pleasant Avenue Westmount Quebec H3Y 3H6
The StudyOctober 03, 2018 8:30 amStudy
3233 The Boulevard Westmount Quebec H3Y 1S4
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's SchoolOctober 03, 2018 9:00 amMiss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School
525 Mount Pleasant Avenue Westmount Quebec H3Y 3H6
The StudyOctober 03, 2018 4:30 pmStudy
3233 The Boulevard Westmount Quebec H3Y 1S4




Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in Quebec 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 kids. 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 pricier schools will tend to provide a wider breadth of in-class and extracurricular opportunities. They will also tend to be larger and more established. Nonetheless, for most schools, the largest operating expense is usually 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. Generally speaking, 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 at Quebec private schools with gifted programming:

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Bishop's College School$18,200 to $22,90040%7 - 12
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal$16,795 to $35,69425%7 - 11$5,500
St. George's School of Montreal$17,390 to $21,217
Lower Canada College$17,625 to $22,48514%7 - 12
Trafalgar School For Girls$17,995 to $26,00020%7 - 11
The Study$19,230 to $21,65515%
College Prep International$350 to $12,5001%5 - 11$1,000
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé $3,580 to $13,17010%7 - 11$500
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie$4,0007 - 11





 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
Bishop's College SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Villa MariaTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive30 to 34Indirect SupportHeavy integration
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 18Resource AssistanceMedium integration
St. George's School of MontrealProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 20No support
Lower Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous18Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
Kells AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 18No supportHeavy integration
Trafalgar School For GirlsProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 20No support
The StudyProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 20Resource Assistance
West Island College (Montreal)TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 22No supportHeavy integration
College Prep InternationalTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 18Indirect SupportLight integration
Kuper AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous9 to 22No supportMedium integration
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's SchoolProgressiveAcceleratedRigorous12 to 18No support
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive20 to 30Special needs schoolMedium integration
École la Nouvelle VagueTraditionalMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportiveWithdrawal Assistance
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous33Resource AssistanceHeavy 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
Bishop's College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12100%
Villa Maria100%Sep 15, 2018
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11
St. George's School of MontrealDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 11
Lower Canada CollegeDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
5 - 12
Kells AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 1195%
Trafalgar School For GirlsDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 11
The StudyDay: rollingK - 11Oct 3, 2018
West Island College (Montreal)Day: rolling7 - 11
College Prep InternationalDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
5 - 12100%
Kuper AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
K - 11100%
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's SchoolDay: rollingK - 11100%Sep 30, 2018
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé Day: Aug 15, 2018
Boarding: Aug 15, 2018
90%
École la Nouvelle VagueDay: rolling
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieDay: Sep 29, 2016
Boarding: Sep 29, 2016
50%Sep 15, 2018




 




 




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Bishop's College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Villa MariaEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditional MathTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
St. George's School of Montreal
Lower Canada CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Kells AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Trafalgar School For Girls
The Study
West Island College (Montreal)Equal BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
College Prep InternationalTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Kuper AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceCreative
École la Nouvelle VagueEqual Balance
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual 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
Bishop's College School
Villa Maria
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
St. George's School of Montreal
Lower Canada College
Kells Academy
Trafalgar School For Girls
The Study
West Island College (Montreal)
College Prep International
Kuper Academy
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
École la Nouvelle Vague
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie




 




Make no mistake: gifted children have different needs than typical students. These learners are often so advanced in their intellectual abilities that they are outliers in the classroom: a normal curriculum and approach won't be enough. When these students don't receive the custom support they need, they can disengage from school -- and even become depressed.

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

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

If you're still grappling with these questions, start with our introductory guide to gifted education. Once you're versed in the fundamentals, revisit this page to explore your specific school options in location].

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 highly individualized programs for gifted learners. The term "buyer beware" definitely applies here: it's up to you to make sure schools are properly set up for gifted learners. The list of private schools on this page (above) is a good place to start your search.