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Toronto gifted schools

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Toronto.




On this page, we cover private schools in Toronto (and the GTA), Ontario that offer gifted programs and support. We also touch on the topic of public schools for gifted children.

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

Table of contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Toronto

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Toronto

  4. Compare gifted schools

  5. A primer on gifted education
  6. Further resources


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Private schools are not obliged to support gifted children with special programs. And, many private schools don't—even ones with strong academic reputations. The schools listed on this page, however, do. We organize the schools into main three groups: dedicated gifted schools, schools with dedicated gifted programs, 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.


 
  • Westside Montessori School
  • Montcrest School
  • Shoore Centre for Learning
  • Toronto Prep School
  • WillowWood School
  • TFS - Canada's International School
  • McDonald International Academy
  • Upper Canada College
  • Crescent School
  • The Giles School
  • La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science
  • Hawthorn School for Girls
  • Hudson College
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Olivet School
  • The Junior Academy
  • Northmount School
  • The Dragon Academy
  • Bannockburn
  • OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology
  • City Academy
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
  • University of Toronto Schools
  • Crestwood Preparatory College
  • St. Clement's Early Learning School
  • Signet Christian School
  • Kingsway College School
  • High Park Day School
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • Nile Academy
  • Prestige School - Toronto Campus
  • CGS (Children's Garden School)
  • Sidney Ledson Institute
  • Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.
  • The Linden School
  • The Abelard School
  • Avenue Road Academy
  • Royal St. George's College
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • High Park Gardens Montessori School
  • Robbins Hebrew Academy
  • Waldorf Academy
  • The Mildenhall School
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Taddle Creek Montessori School
  • Neuchâtel Junior College
  • Newton’s Grove 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

Prestige School - Toronto Campus (est. 2003)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (210 students)
Prestige School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated

The Abelard School (est. 1997)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
Founded in 1997, the Abelard School is a small private high school located in downtown Toronto. It offers small class sizes and an enriched, integrated curriculum. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Accelerated$20,000

Robbins Hebrew Academy (est. 1957)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 students)
Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA) teaches students to think critically and globally, in a community that builds self-esteem and life-long character. RHA is Toronto’s first Jewish school to be CAIS accredited. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Standard-enriched

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

Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [View profile]
  • Montessori

Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (225 students)
Ellington Montessori School, in Toronto, offers pre-school to eight grade individualized education since 1990. Small class sizes, lead by dedicated staff ensure that your child's needs are met. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$7,900 to $14,000

The Junior Academy (est. 1988)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
The Junior Academy offers programs for junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is 12 to 14 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$18,000 to $22,500

Northmount School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (112 students)
Northmount School offers an enriched curriculum in Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated$15,000 to $23,500

The Dragon Academy (est. 2001)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
Dragon Academy is the right fit for gifted students, grades 6 to 12. Dragon's small, discussion-based classes go beyond the classroom into our world-class city . An inclusive, exciting, can't wait to get there school. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Accelerated$20,500 to $26,500

OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology (est. 2013)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
OAT is a high school in Toronto specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Full credit courses, Booster programs and Reach Ahead programs designed to give students the support they need to excel. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$500 to $1,500

Crestwood Preparatory College (est. 2001)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
Crestwood Preparatory College in Toronto offers grade seven to 12. The average class size here is 16, with a tuition cost of $23,700. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$24,900

Kingsway College School (est. 1989)

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
Kingsway College School offers programs for PK to grade 8 in Etobicoke. Its average class size is 17 to 21 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$8,000 to $25,500

Avalon Children's Montessori School (est. 2000)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$6,400 to $20,400

Nile Academy (est. 2005)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Nile Academy offers small class sizes and low student to teacher ratio, while also following the Ontario Curriculum, ensuring our students are well prepared for the rest of their educational pursuits here in Canada. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$8,000 to $28,500

The Linden School (est. 1993)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (115 students)
The Linden School provides a challenging academic program for girls from JK - Grade 12. We create opportunities to discover the joys of learning and foster the development of critical thinking and physical well-being. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$14,000 to $19,400

Avenue Road Academy (est. 2010)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Academy C60 is a small school in Toronto for grades 9 to 12. Students earn credits while developing skills that best prepares them for post secondary education. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$12,500

High Park Gardens Montessori School

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
High Park Gardens Montessori School is an authentic quality Montessori program for children ages 12 months to 12 years. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$11,800 to $17,300

The Mildenhall School (est. 1967)

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
The Mildenhall School provides an authentic Montessori education for children ages 2.5 to 14 years old in south Etobicoke. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$11,800 to $19,500

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Accelerated

Taddle Creek Montessori School

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
Taddle Creek Montessori provides an authentic Montessori education for children ages 2.5 to 12 years old in the Annex. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$11,800 to $17,300

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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Montcrest School (est. 1961)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
Montcrest School offers programs from JK to Grade 8. Its average class size is seven to 18 students. Montcrest offers an exceptional academic experience with balanced opportunities in leadership, the arts, and athletics. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched

Shoore Centre for Learning (est. 1975)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Shoore Centre for Learning is a special-needs private school that offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is six students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$29,000

Toronto Prep School (est. 2009)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (325 students)
Toronto Prep School starts later in order to maximize teen learning. The optimal time for teenagers to learn is late in the morning through to late afternoon. Our classes start at 10:00 am. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$23,850

WillowWood School (est. 1980)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
We are a new style of independent school for diverse learners where all students learn with dignity; where a warm and nurturing school serves as a foundation for remarkable lives; and where the whole person who matters. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched

TFS - Canada's International School (est. 1962)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1225 students)
TFS - Canada's International School offers Canada's only bilingual IB programs from PK to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$17,600 to $31,100

Crescent School (est. 1913)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (715 students)
Crescent School is a Toronto independent school for boys only, Grades 3 to 12. Tuition starts at $30,750. Crescent offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including sports, arts, outreach and robotics. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$32,350

Hawthorn School for Girls (est. 1989)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Accelerated$10,000 to $31,400

Hudson College (est. 2003)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
Hudson College is a non-denominational, co-ed school offering superior academic programs from JK to university entrance. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$15,000

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (36 students)
50% off the first three months for new elementary students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Accelerated$7,500 to $14,500

Olivet School (est. 1893)

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Preschool to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (85 students)
Founded in 1893, Olivet School is a Christian private school in Etobicoke, offering PS-Gr5. Olivet School combines quality teaching with individual attention to help each child achieve their personal potential. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$595 to $10,000

City Academy (est. 1999)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
City Academy offers courses which follow Ontario Curriculum Guidelines. Utilizing teachers who are subject specialists and following a flexible and unique timetabling format, we are committed to every student's success. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$1,600

St. Clement's Early Learning School (est. 1955)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 2 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
St. Clement's Early Learning School 70 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1H2 St. Clement’s Early Learning School provides a child with an opportunity for growth in all areas of his or her development. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$8,500 to $20,500

Signet Christian School (est. 1975)

  • North York, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Signet Christian School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in North York. Its small average class gives the teacher easy access to each child as an individual. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$7,000 to $14,500

High Park Day School (est. 2010)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
High Park Day School offers an alternative program from JK to Grade 8. Reggio Emilia inspired Kindergarten and Project Based Learning programs inspire and engage while developing essential 21st Century skills. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$14,300 to $15,900

CGS (Children's Garden School) (est. 1986)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
CGS (Children's Garden School) offers co-ed, Preschool-Grade 3 programming. Small class sizes. Exceptional phonics program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated$8,800 to $20,000

Sidney Ledson Institute (est. 1982)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • Day school
The PK – Grade 6 program is a visible expression of the philosophy embodied in Ledson's books, Raising Brighter Children and Teach Your Child to Read in Just 10 Minutes a Day. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated

Royal St. George's College (est. 1964)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (426 students)
RSGC is an urban day school that combines academic excellence with a stimulating and supportive environment. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each boy to become the best version of himself. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$30,540

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (122 students)
MJDS is the unique school of choice where creativity, independence, respect, peacefulness,innovation, a sense of community and joy are fostered guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Standard-enriched$7,900 to $17,900

Waldorf Academy (est. 1987)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (240 students)
Waldorf Academy offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Waldorf
Standard-enriched

Neuchâtel Junior College (est. 1956)

  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
Neuchâtel Junior College, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, offers Canadian Grade 12 curriculum and AP to students from across Canada and elsewhere. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$29,000 to $54,500

Newton’s Grove School (est. 1977)

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
Newton's Grove School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12. Its average class size ranges between 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$14,000 to $16,000

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

McDonald International Academy (est. 1994)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 with 2 locations in the heart of Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 20 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated$16,800

Upper Canada College (est. 1829)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1072 students)
  • Boarding school (88 students)
Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$30,860 to $61,560

The Giles School (est. 1989)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
The Giles School is a French immersion private school in Toronto for children age 2 (Pre-K) to Grade 8. Open Admissions through Grade 1, small classes, and Mandarin introduced as a third language in Grade 1. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Accelerated$12,200 to $20,300

La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science (est. 2000)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
La Citadelle is a Bilingual Private School with exceptional advanced curriculum, excellence, compassion, discipline, achievement, respect, and Harmony. Nursery-12 [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated

Bannockburn (est. 1993)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (125 students)
Bannockburn, a Montessori school in Toronto, Ontario offers grades nursery to six, average class sizes of 22 students and tuition from $10,350 to $20,700. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Accelerated$12,350 to $23,700

Prince Edward Montessori School (est. 1995)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Accelerated

Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus (est. 1995)

  • North York, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one - the period from birth to the age of six. Choose Central Montessori Schools. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Accelerated

University of Toronto Schools (est. 1910)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (650 students)
University of Toronto Schools offers programs for grades seven to 12. Its average class size is 25 students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Accelerated$23,590

Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World. (est. 1962)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1050 students)
Bayview Glen is a traditional co-ed day school in Toronto, Ontario from Preschool (age 2) to Grade 12, a global member of Round Square and offers Advanced Placement programme. Tuition ranges from $16,995 to $24,000. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated$16,995 to $24,000




Our gifted education guide has specific and detailed advice for finding the right gifted school or program. For more general advice on how to choose and evaluate school your school options, review our guide to choosing a school.

Private school expos

Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. The Toronto private school expo allows you to speak with 70+ of the leading Toronto private schools—all in one place. If you live in the west end of the GTA, we also host an expo for Halton-Peel, where schools from that region exhibit. Both expos are held in the fall.

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

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 to ask that are specific to gifted schools and programs, check out our main gifted education guide.

School nameDateLocation
Toronto Prep SchoolFebruary 25, 2017 11:00 amToronto Prep School
250 Davisvill Avenue Suite 200 Toronto Ontario
Toronto Prep SchoolFebruary 25, 2017 11:00 amToronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue, Suite 200 Toronto Ontario M4S 1H2
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolFebruary 28, 2017 9:30 amMontessori Jewish Day School
55 Yeomans Road Toronto Ontario M3H 3J7
Northmount SchoolMarch 01, 2017 9:30 amNorthmount School
26 Mallard Road Toronto Ontario M3B 1S3
Newton’s Grove SchoolMarch 04, 2017 10:00 amNewton’s Grove School
1 City View Drive Etobicoke Ontario M9W 5A5
Prestige School - Toronto CampusMarch 05, 2017 11:00 amPrestige School - Toronto Campus
21 Eddfield Avenue Toronto Ontario M2N 2M5
Kingsway College SchoolApril 11, 2017 9:30 amKingsway College School
4600 Dundas Street West Etobicoke Ontario M9A 1A5
TFS - Canada's International SchoolApril 19, 2017 9:30 amTFS - Canada's International School
1293 Meredith Avenue Mississauga Ontario L5E 2E6
Montcrest SchoolApril 21, 2017 9:30 amMontcrest School
4 Montcrest Boulevard Toronto Ontario M4K 1J7
Nile AcademyMay 06, 2017 10:00 amNile Academy
135 Plunkett Road Toronto Ontario M9L 2J7
Northmount SchoolJune 01, 2017 4:00 pmNorthmount School
26 Mallard Road Toronto Ontario M3B 1S3




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

Tuition at Toronto schools with gifted programs$1 - $2,500$5,001 - $7,500$10,001 - $12,500$15,001 - $17,500$20,001 - $22,500$25,001 - $27,500$30,001 - $32,500$35,001 - $37,5000%8%15%22%30%Day tuitionPercentage of schools
Day Tuition Percentage of schools
$1 - $2,500 4%
$2,501 - $5,000 0%
$5,001 - $7,500 2%
$7,501 - $10,000 10%
$10,001 - $12,500 14%
$12,501 - $15,000 27%
$15,001 - $17,500 27%
$17,501 - $20,000 24%
$20,001 - $22,500 18%
$22,501 - $25,000 18%
$25,001 - $27,500 6%
$27,501 - $30,000 4%
$30,001 - $32,500 8%
$32,501 - $35,000 2%
$35,001 - $37,500 0%
$37,501 - $40,000 0%

There are quite a few affordable private schools for gifted students. 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.

Availability of financial aidAwardBasedNeedBasedTotalNursery/ToddlerJKK246810120%10%20%30%40%GradePercentage of schools
Grade Award Based Need Based Total
Nursery/Toddler 0.041 0.061 0.102
Preschool 0.102 0.163 0.265
JK 0.102 0.245 0.347
SK 0.102 0.245 0.347
K 0.082 0.245 0.327
1 0.061 0.224 0.286
2 0.061 0.224 0.286
3 0.082 0.245 0.327
4 0.082 0.245 0.327
5 0.082 0.245 0.327
6 0.102 0.245 0.347
7 0.082 0.286 0.367
8 0.082 0.286 0.367
9 0.122 0.245 0.367
10 0.122 0.245 0.367
11 0.122 0.245 0.367
12 0.143 0.245 0.388

Many schools offer financial aid (also known as "bursaries," "tuition relief," or "tuition assistance") and scholarships. Financial aid is need-based, while scholarships are given for some measure of merit (such as 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 Toronto private schools with gifted programs. This includes in downtown Toronto, the Annex, North York, and Richmond Hill.

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
TFS - Canada's International School$17,600 to $31,100Preschool - 12
Upper Canada College$30,860 to $33,86018%5 - 12$15,000
Crescent School$32,3503%7 - 12$33,770
Hawthorn School for Girls$10,000 to $18,00035%JK - 12
Hudson College$15,000JK - 12
Alive Montessori & Private School$13,500 to $14,50020%JK - 8$2,000
Ellington Montessori School$7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
Olivet School$10,00014%JK - 5
The Junior Academy$18,000 to $22,5004%JK - 8$3,000
Northmount School$15,000 to $23,5005%JK - 8$10,000
The Dragon Academy$20,500 to $26,50020%7 - 12$3,000
Bannockburn$23,700
City Academy$1,6009 - 12
University of Toronto Schools$23,59015%7 - 12$11,000
Crestwood Preparatory College$24,900
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.$16,995 to $24,000
The Linden School$14,000 to $19,40020%JK - 12$10,000
The Abelard School$20,00020%9 - 12$10,000
Avenue Road Academy$12,500
Royal St. George's College$30,5403 - 12
Montessori Jewish Day School$14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000
Robbins Hebrew AcademyNursery/Toddler - 8
Waldorf Academy20%JK - 8$5,000





 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
 




 
 Founding dateEndowmnentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Westside Montessori School2008100%
Montcrest School196130531
Shoore Centre for Learning1975100%548
Toronto Prep School2009100%32554
WillowWood School1980$0100%
TFS - Canada's International School196275%
McDonald International Academy1994$0100%618155
Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
Crescent School191337%71572
The Giles School1989100%
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science200090%29417
Hawthorn School for Girls1989$085%
Hudson College2003
Alive Montessori & Private School201495%426
Ellington Montessori School199075%17715
Olivet School189395%495
The Junior Academy198875%
Northmount School199095%14113
The Dragon Academy200150%588
Bannockburn1993100%
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology201385%359
City Academy1999$0100%12030
Prince Edward Montessori School1995100%
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus1995100%
University of Toronto Schools191033%646108
Crestwood Preparatory College200175%38063
St. Clement's Early Learning School1955$3382%
Signet Christian School1975100%
Kingsway College School1989100%
High Park Day School201070%
Avalon Children's Montessori School200090%827
Nile Academy2005100%40727
Prestige School - Toronto Campus200380%17813
CGS (Children's Garden School)198685%
Sidney Ledson Institute1982100%
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.1962100%
The Linden School1993100%18012
The Abelard School1997$050%5013
Avenue Road Academy201080%
Royal St. George's College196433%
Montessori Jewish Day School2000100%12513
High Park Gardens Montessori School98%
Robbins Hebrew Academy1957100%
Waldorf Academy1987100%
The Mildenhall School196795%
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School1990100%
Taddle Creek Montessori School98%
Neuchâtel Junior College1956
Newton’s Grove School1977100%




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
Montcrest SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive7 to 18High
Shoore Centre for LearningTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive6Very HighLight integration
Toronto Prep SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 14HighHeavy integration
WillowWood SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 16Very HighMedium integration
TFS - Canada's International SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous12 to 22HighMedium integration
McDonald International AcademyTraditionalAcceleratedSupportive10 to 20HighMedium integration
Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
Crescent SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 20HighMedium integration
The Giles SchoolLiberal ArtsAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16LimitedMedium integration
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedSupportive14 to 20HighLight integration
Hawthorn School for GirlsLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15HighLight integration
Hudson CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 18LimitedMedium integration
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Olivet SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveHighMedium integration
The Junior AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 14High
Northmount SchoolTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15HighLight integration
The Dragon AcademyProgressiveReggio EmiliaAcceleratedRigorous6 to 12ModerateMedium integration
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive2 to 10HighHeavy integration
City AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous1 to 8HighMedium integration
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16Limited
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Limited
University of Toronto SchoolsLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous23 to 24HighMedium integration
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive16HighMedium integration
St. Clement's Early Learning SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 8HighLight integration
Signet Christian SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Kingsway College SchoolProgressiveStandard-enriched16 to 20ModerateMedium integration
High Park Day SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 12LimitedMedium integration
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 15HighMedium integration
Nile AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15Limited
Prestige School - Toronto CampusTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous10 to 18LimitedMedium integration
CGS (Children's Garden School)TraditionalAcceleratedSupportive8 to 12Mild difficulties
Sidney Ledson InstituteTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous10 to 12Limited
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous20 to 22Limited
The Linden SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous12HighHeavy integration
The Abelard SchoolLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous12HighLight integration
Avenue Road AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 5Very HighMedium integration
Royal St. George's CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous18Moderate
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 24HighLight integration
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Robbins Hebrew AcademyProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedSupportive20HighHeavy integration
Waldorf AcademyWaldorfStandard-enrichedSupportive18HighLight integration
The Mildenhall SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12HighMedium integration
Newton’s Grove SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 18ModerateMedium 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
Westside Montessori School100%
Montcrest SchoolDay: rollingJK - 8Apr 21, 2017
Shoore Centre for LearningDay: rolling6 - 12100%
Toronto Prep SchoolDay: rolling100%Feb 25, 2017
WillowWood School100%
TFS - Canada's International SchoolDay: Dec 2, 20166 - 1175%Apr 19, 2017
McDonald International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12100%
Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11SK - 1133%
Crescent SchoolDay: Dec 2, 20168 - 123 - 1237%
The Giles SchoolDay: rolling100%
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 1290%
Hawthorn School for GirlsDay: Feb 27, 2016
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: Jul 22, 2016
8 - 1285%
Hudson CollegeDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
JK - 12
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 395%
Ellington Montessori SchoolDay: rolling75%
Olivet SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 595%
The Junior AcademyDay: rollingPreschool - 875%
Northmount SchoolDay: rollingJK - 895%Mar 1, 2017
The Dragon AcademyDay: rolling6 - 1250%
BannockburnDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 6100%
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyDay: rolling9 - 1285%
City AcademyDay: rolling9 - 12100%
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolDay: rolling100%
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusDay: rolling100%
University of Toronto SchoolsDay: Dec 1, 20156 - 106 - 1033%
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeDay: Feb 8, 201675%
St. Clement's Early Learning SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 282%
Signet Christian SchoolDay: rollingJK - 12100%
Kingsway College SchoolDay: rolling100%Apr 11, 2017
High Park Day SchoolDay: rolling1 - 870%
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolDay: rolling1 - 890%
Nile AcademyDay: Aug 15, 2016
Boarding: Aug 15, 2016
Homestay: Aug 15, 2016
1 - 12100%May 6, 2017
Prestige School - Toronto CampusDay: rolling1 - 1280%Mar 5, 2017
CGS (Children's Garden School)Day: rollingPreschool - 385%
Sidney Ledson Institute100%
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.Day: rolling100%
The Linden SchoolDay: rollingJK - 12100%
The Abelard SchoolDay: rolling9 - 1250%
Avenue Road AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1280%
Royal St. George's CollegeDay: Dec 2, 20163 - 1233%
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 8100%Feb 28, 2017
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 698%
Robbins Hebrew AcademyDay: rolling100%
Waldorf AcademyNursery/Toddler - 8100%
The Mildenhall SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 895%
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School100%
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 698%
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeBoarding: Feb 10, 2017
Newton’s Grove School100%Mar 4, 2017




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Westside Montessori School
Montcrest School
Shoore Centre for Learning100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Toronto Prep School90%90%90%90%90%90%
WillowWood School
TFS - Canada's International School75%77%74%81%86%91%88%88%94%83%65%70%85%85%100%
McDonald International Academy100%100%100%100%
Upper Canada College40%33%33%33%33%20%
Crescent School51%42%49%24%30%20%36%15%63%10%
The Giles School
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science100%100%100%100%100%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%
Hawthorn School for Girls
Hudson College
Alive Montessori & Private School80%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
Ellington Montessori School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Olivet School100%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
The Junior Academy
Northmount School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
The Dragon Academy25%50%40%40%50%40%25%
Bannockburn
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology85%85%85%85%
City Academy
Prince Edward Montessori School
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus100%
University of Toronto Schools33%20%25%20%
Crestwood Preparatory College
St. Clement's Early Learning School95%90%75%75%75%
Signet Christian School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Kingsway College School
High Park Day School80%50%65%30%65%30%15%65%
Avalon Children's Montessori School90%90%90%90%90%90%75%75%75%75%75%
Nile Academy100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Prestige School - Toronto Campus
CGS (Children's Garden School)90%90%90%85%85%85%
Sidney Ledson Institute
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.
The Linden School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
The Abelard School50%50%50%50%
Avenue Road Academy80%80%80%80%
Royal St. George's College33%33%33%20%25%20%25%20%20%
Montessori Jewish Day School100%80%70%10%30%30%30%
High Park Gardens Montessori School
Robbins Hebrew Academy
Waldorf Academy80%100%100%
The Mildenhall School
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
Taddle Creek Montessori School
Newton’s Grove School




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
McDonald International Academy100%100%
Upper Canada College33%33%33%
Nile Academy100%100%100%100%
Neuchâtel Junior College




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Westside Montessori School
Montcrest SchoolEqual Balance
Shoore Centre for LearningEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
Toronto Prep SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
WillowWood SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
TFS - Canada's International SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
McDonald International AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Upper Canada CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Crescent SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Giles SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceEqual BalanceExpositoryTraditionalPragmatismCommunicativeReceptive
Hawthorn School for GirlsTraditional MathInquiryTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Hudson CollegeEqual Balance
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesCreative
Ellington Montessori SchoolTraditional MathInquirySocial JusticePerennialismCommunicativeEqual Balance
Olivet SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCreative
The Junior Academy
Northmount SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Dragon AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
BannockburnEqual BalanceInquiryTraditionalCommunicativeEqual Balance
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
City AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryEqual BalancePerennialismEqual BalanceReceptive
Prince Edward Montessori School
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
University of Toronto SchoolsEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
St. Clement's Early Learning SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Signet Christian SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Kingsway College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
High Park Day SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalancePragmatismCommunicativeCreative
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Nile Academy
Prestige School - Toronto CampusEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
CGS (Children's Garden School)
Sidney Ledson Institute
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.
The Linden SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
The Abelard SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Avenue Road AcademyTraditional MathInquiryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Royal St. George's College
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
High Park Gardens Montessori School
Robbins Hebrew AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Waldorf AcademyEqual Balance
The Mildenhall School
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
Taddle Creek Montessori School
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Newton’s Grove SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance




 




 




Gifted children

Make no mistake: children who are gifted have different needs than typical students. Gifted or talented 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 alternative options, such as language immersion programs, International Baccalaureate programs, Advanced Placement courses (for older students), and 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 for gifted students in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). You can also search for gifted schools and programs across Ontario, including Mississauga, Oakville, and Ottawa.

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.





Under the Education Act, public district school boards in Ontario are required to provide gifted services and programming to students who need it (Special Education Handbook, Ontario Ministry of Education). School boards are more or less free to choose who "needs" gifted programming, and what that programming looks like. Gifted programming might mean the student receives curriculum enhancements or extra support from a gifted education teacher. It might also mean moving the student to a nearby school with a separate, full-time gifted class. (There are no public, full-time gifted schools in the GTA.) The form gifted support takes depends a lot on what is available and what is thought most suitable for a particular child.

Below, we provide you with a glimpse of some of what the GTA school boards have to offer: