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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.


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

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

Robbins Hebrew Academy (est. 1957)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 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

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

Maple Leaf Collegiate (est. 2014)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (117 students)
Great Teachers & small classes, focused ESL accommodations, fast-track pathways to the best universities featuring UP & AP courses, allow MLC students to reach full potential & become life-long learners & high achievers. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$950 to $42,000

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

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

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

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

Northmount School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (115 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

Little Owl Preschool Elementary (est. 2001)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
Little Owl Preschool Elementary develops motivated, confident, and happy problem-solving individuals. We invite your child to become a Little Owl! [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$15,850

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

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

Avenue Road Academy (est. 2010)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Avenue Road Academy 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. We focus on student strength! [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$12,500

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

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 (440 students)
Crestwood Preparatory College in Toronto offers a grade 7 to 12. The average class size here is 16, with a tuition cost of $26,500. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$24,900

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

Kingsway College School (est. 1989)

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Preschool 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

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

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

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

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1230 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

Hudson College (est. 2003)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (340 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

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

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (5 students)
50% off the first three months for new elementary students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Accelerated$7,500 to $14,500

Hawthorn School (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

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

Crescent School (est. 1913)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (735 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

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

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
La Citadelle's Excellence in Bilingual Education and academically advanced curriculum develop successful global citizens through IB & AP programs and a holistic approach where students achieve their highest potential. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$16,750 to $20,750

Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$7,900 to $14,000

Olivet School (est. 1893)

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Preschool to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school
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$605 to $10,150

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

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

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler 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

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

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

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

The Dunblaine School (est. 1969)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
The Dunblaine School empowers students with learning disabilities to reach their full potential. It offers programs for students from grade one to eight, with an average class size of 5-7 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$20,900

Sidney Ledson Institute (est. 1982)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (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

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

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
Standard-enriched$7,000 to $14,500

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, Ontario
  • 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 beyond. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$29,000 to $54,500

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)
  • Day school
  • 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

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

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

Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus (est. 1995)

  • North York, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 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

Bannockburn (est. 1993)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler 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$13,250 to $24,150

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

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

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • Day school (165 students)
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade seven. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$11,900 to $26,150




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. If you have a younger child, check out our preschool choosing guide.

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
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceMay 25, 2017 10:00 amLa Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science
36 Scarsdale Road Toronto Ontario M3B 2R7
The Linden SchoolMay 25, 2017 4:00 pmLinden School
10 Rosehill Avenue Toronto Ontario M4T 1G5
Northmount SchoolJune 01, 2017 4:00 pmNorthmount School
26 Mallard Road Toronto Ontario M3B 1S3
Maple Leaf CollegiateOctober 05, 2017 1:00 pmMaple Leaf Collegiate
4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 518 Toronto Ontario M1S-4R5
Maple Leaf CollegiateOctober 12, 2017 1:00 pmMaple Leaf Collegiate
4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 518 Toronto Ontario M1S-4R5
BannockburnOctober 21, 2017 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
Maple Leaf CollegiateOctober 26, 2017 1:00 pmMaple Leaf Collegiate
4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 518 Toronto Ontario M1S-4R5
Toronto Prep SchoolOctober 28, 2017 11:00 amToronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue Suite 200 Toronto Ontario
The Dragon AcademyNovember 01, 2017 6:00 pmDragon Academy
35 Prince Arthur Avenue Toronto Ontario M5R 1B2
Maple Leaf CollegiateNovember 02, 2017 1:00 pmMaple Leaf Collegiate
4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 518 Toronto Ontario M1S-4R5
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeNovember 04, 2017 11:00 amCrestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeNovember 08, 2017 9:00 amCrestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
Maple Leaf CollegiateNovember 16, 2017 1:00 pmMaple Leaf Collegiate
4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 518 Toronto Ontario M1S-4R5
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeNovember 22, 2017 9:00 amCrestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
Toronto Prep SchoolNovember 25, 2017 11:00 amToronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue, Suite 200 Toronto Ontario M4S 1H2
Maple Leaf CollegiateNovember 30, 2017 1:00 pmMaple Leaf Collegiate
4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 518 Toronto Ontario M1S-4R5
The Dragon AcademyDecember 06, 2017 6:00 pmDragon Academy
35 Prince Arthur Avenue Toronto Ontario M5R 1B2
Maple Leaf CollegiateDecember 07, 2017 1:00 pmMaple Leaf Collegiate
4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 518 Toronto Ontario M1S-4R5
Maple Leaf CollegiateDecember 14, 2017 1:00 pmMaple Leaf Collegiate
4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 518 Toronto Ontario M1S-4R5
Maple Leaf CollegiateDecember 21, 2017 1:00 pmMaple Leaf Collegiate
4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 518 Toronto Ontario M1S-4R5
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeJanuary 10, 2018 9:00 amCrestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
BannockburnJanuary 20, 2018 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
The Dragon AcademyFebruary 21, 2018 6:00 pmDragon Academy
35 Prince Arthur Avenue Toronto Ontario M5R 1B2
Toronto Prep SchoolFebruary 24, 2018 11:00 amToronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue, Suite 200 Toronto Ontario M4S 1H2
BannockburnApril 21, 2018 10:00 amBannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
The Dragon AcademyMay 16, 2018 6:00 pmDragon Academy
35 Prince Arthur Avenue Toronto Ontario M5R 1B2




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%
Tuition at Toronto schools with gifted programs

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%15%30%45%60%GradePercentage of schools
Grade Award Based Need Based Total
Nursery/Toddler 0.041 0.102 0.143
Preschool 0.102 0.224 0.327
JK 0.122 0.306 0.429
SK 0.122 0.306 0.429
K 0.122 0.306 0.429
1 0.102 0.286 0.388
2 0.102 0.286 0.388
3 0.122 0.327 0.449
4 0.122 0.327 0.449
5 0.122 0.327 0.449
6 0.143 0.327 0.469
7 0.122 0.367 0.49
8 0.122 0.367 0.49
9 0.163 0.265 0.429
10 0.163 0.265 0.429
11 0.163 0.265 0.429
12 0.184 0.265 0.449
Total

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. If you have a younger child, check out our preschool costs 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
Hudson College$15,000JK - 12
Alive Montessori & Private School$13,500 to $14,50020%JK - 8$2,000
Hawthorn School$10,000 to $18,00035%JK - 12
Upper Canada College$30,860 to $33,86018%5 - 12$15,000
Crescent School$32,3503%7 - 12$33,770
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science$16,750 to $20,750Nursery/Toddler - 12
The Junior Academy$18,000 to $22,5004%JK - 8$3,000
Ellington Montessori School$7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
The Dragon Academy$20,500 to $26,50020%7 - 12$3,000
Northmount School$15,000 to $23,5005%JK - 8$10,000
Olivet School$10,15014%JK - 5
Royal St. George's College$30,5403 - 12
City Academy$1,6009 - 12
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $20,4005%1 - 8$10,000
Montessori Jewish Day School$14,000 to $17,90020%1 - 8$5,000
The Dunblaine School$20,90015%1 - 8$6,000
Robbins Hebrew AcademyNursery/Toddler - 8
University of Toronto Schools$23,59015%7 - 12$11,000
Avenue Road Academy$12,500
Bannockburn$24,150
Maple Leaf Collegiate$2,500 to $30,000100%9 - 12$1,850
Crestwood Preparatory College$24,900
The Linden School$14,000 to $19,40020%JK - 12$10,000
The Abelard School$20,00020%9 - 12$10,000
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.$16,995 to $24,000
Waldorf Academy20%JK - 8$5,000
Neuchâtel Junior College20%12$20,000
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)$21,420 to $26,150





 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
Toronto Prep School2009100%32554
TFS - Canada's International School196275%
Hudson College2003
Montcrest School196130531
Westside Montessori School2008100%
Shoore Centre for Learning1975100%548
Alive Montessori & Private School201495%426
Hawthorn School1989$085%
McDonald International Academy1994$0100%618155
WillowWood School1980$0100%
Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
Crescent School191337%71572
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science200080%29417
The Giles School1989100%
The Junior Academy198875%
Ellington Montessori School199075%17715
The Dragon Academy200150%588
Northmount School199095%14113
Olivet School189395%495
Royal St. George's College196435%
St. Clement's Early Learning School1955$3382%
City Academy1999$0100%12030
Prince Edward Montessori School1995100%
Little Owl Preschool Elementary2001$0100%657
High Park Gardens Montessori School98%
The Mildenhall School196795%
Avalon Children's Montessori School200090%827
Nile Academy200590%40727
Montessori Jewish Day School2000100%12513
CGS (Children's Garden School)198685%
The Dunblaine School196980%
Robbins Hebrew Academy1957100%
Prestige School - Toronto Campus200380%17813
University of Toronto Schools191033%646108
Avenue Road Academy201080%
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus1995100%
Bannockburn1993100%
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School1990100%
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology201385%359
Maple Leaf Collegiate2014
Crestwood Preparatory College200165%38063
The Linden School1993100%18012
Sidney Ledson Institute1982100%
The Abelard School1997$050%5013
High Park Day School201070%
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.1962100%
Signet Christian School1975100%
Waldorf Academy1987100%
Kingsway College School1989100%
Taddle Creek Montessori School98%
Neuchâtel Junior College1956
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)1962100%




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Toronto Prep SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 14HighHeavy integration
TFS - Canada's International SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous12 to 22HighMedium integration
Hudson CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 20LimitedMedium integration
Montcrest SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive7 to 18High
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
Shoore Centre for LearningTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive6Very HighLight integration
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
Hawthorn SchoolLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15HighLight integration
McDonald International AcademyTraditionalAcceleratedSupportive10 to 20HighMedium integration
WillowWood SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 16Very HighMedium integration
Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
Crescent SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 20HighMedium integration
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous12 to 20LimitedLight integration
The Giles SchoolLiberal ArtsAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16LimitedMedium integration
The Junior AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 14High
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24HighMedium integration
The Dragon AcademyProgressiveReggio EmiliaAcceleratedRigorous6 to 12ModerateMedium integration
Northmount SchoolTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous10 to 18ModerateLight integration
Olivet SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Royal St. George's CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous18Moderate
St. Clement's Early Learning SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 8HighLight integration
City AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous1 to 8HighMedium integration
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16Limited
Little Owl Preschool ElementaryTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive5 to 12HighLight integration
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
The Mildenhall SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Nile AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15Limited
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 24HighLight integration
CGS (Children's Garden School)TraditionalAcceleratedSupportive8 to 12Moderate
The Dunblaine SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 7Very HighMedium integration
Robbins Hebrew AcademyProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedSupportive20HighHeavy integration
Prestige School - Toronto CampusTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous10 to 18LimitedMedium integration
University of Toronto SchoolsLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous23 to 24HighHeavy integration
Avenue Road AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 5Very HighMedium integration
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Limited
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive2 to 10HighHeavy integration
Maple Leaf CollegiateTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous6 to 16Very HighMedium integration
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeTraditionalStandard-enriched16HighMedium integration
The Linden SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous12HighHeavy integration
Sidney Ledson InstituteTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous10 to 12Limited
The Abelard SchoolLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous12HighLight integration
High Park Day SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 12LimitedMedium integration
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous20 to 22Moderate
Signet Christian SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorousHighMedium integration
Waldorf AcademyWaldorfStandard-enrichedSupportive18HighLight integration
Kingsway College SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20ModerateMedium integration
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous13ModerateMedium integration
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous12 to 22Mild difficultiesMedium 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
Toronto Prep SchoolDay: rolling100%Oct 28, 2017
TFS - Canada's International SchoolDay: Dec 2, 20166 - 1175%
Hudson CollegeDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
JK - 12
Montcrest SchoolDay: rollingJK - 8
Westside Montessori School100%
Shoore Centre for LearningDay: rolling6 - 12100%
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 395%
Hawthorn SchoolDay: Feb 27, 2016
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: Jul 22, 2016
8 - 1285%
McDonald International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12100%
WillowWood School100%
Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11SK - 1133%
Crescent SchoolDay: Dec 2, 20168 - 123 - 1237%
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 1280%May 25, 2017
The Giles SchoolDay: rolling100%
The Junior AcademyDay: rollingPreschool - 875%
Ellington Montessori SchoolDay: rolling75%
The Dragon AcademyDay: rolling6 - 1250%Nov 1, 2017
Northmount SchoolDay: rollingJK - 895%Jun 1, 2017
Olivet SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 595%
Royal St. George's CollegeDay: Dec 2, 20163 - 1235%
St. Clement's Early Learning SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 282%
City AcademyDay: rolling9 - 12100%
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolDay: rolling100%
Little Owl Preschool ElementaryDay: rollingPreschool - 6100%
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 698%
The Mildenhall SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 895%
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolDay: rolling1 - 890%
Nile AcademyDay: Jun 30, 2017
Boarding: Jun 30, 2017
Homestay: Jun 30, 2017
1 - 1290%
Montessori Jewish Day SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 8100%
CGS (Children's Garden School)Day: rollingPreschool - 385%
The Dunblaine SchoolDay: rolling1 - 880%
Robbins Hebrew AcademyDay: rolling100%
Prestige School - Toronto CampusDay: rolling1 - 1280%
University of Toronto SchoolsDay: Dec 1, 20156 - 106 - 1033%
Avenue Road AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1280%
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusDay: rolling100%
BannockburnDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 6100%Oct 21, 2017
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School100%
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyDay: rolling9 - 1285%
Maple Leaf CollegiateDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12Oct 5, 2017
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeDay: Feb 8, 20167 - 1265%Nov 4, 2017
The Linden SchoolDay: rollingJK - 12100%May 25, 2017
Sidney Ledson Institute100%
The Abelard SchoolDay: rolling9 - 1250%
High Park Day SchoolDay: rolling1 - 870%
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.Day: rolling100%
Signet Christian SchoolDay: rollingJK - 12100%
Waldorf AcademyNursery/Toddler - 8100%
Kingsway College SchoolDay: rolling100%
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 698%
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeBoarding: rolling
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)Day: rolling6 - 126 - 12100%




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Toronto Prep School90%90%90%90%90%90%
TFS - Canada's International School75%77%74%81%86%91%88%88%94%83%65%70%85%85%100%
Hudson College
Montcrest School
Westside Montessori School
Shoore Centre for Learning100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Alive Montessori & Private School80%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
Hawthorn School
McDonald International Academy100%100%100%100%
WillowWood School
Upper Canada College40%33%33%33%33%20%
Crescent School51%42%49%24%30%20%36%15%63%10%
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science95%95%95%95%90%90%80%80%80%75%75%75%70%70%70%70%
The Giles School
The Junior Academy
Ellington Montessori School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
The Dragon Academy25%50%40%40%50%40%25%
Northmount School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Olivet School100%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
Royal St. George's College50%40%33%20%35%20%25%20%20%
St. Clement's Early Learning School95%90%75%75%75%
City Academy
Prince Edward Montessori School
Little Owl Preschool Elementary100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
High Park Gardens Montessori School
The Mildenhall School
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%
Montessori Jewish Day School100%80%70%10%30%30%30%
CGS (Children's Garden School)90%90%90%85%85%85%
The Dunblaine School
Robbins Hebrew Academy
Prestige School - Toronto Campus
University of Toronto Schools33%20%25%20%
Avenue Road Academy80%80%80%80%
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus100%
Bannockburn
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology85%85%85%85%
Maple Leaf Collegiate
Crestwood Preparatory College
The Linden School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Sidney Ledson Institute
The Abelard School50%50%50%50%
High Park Day School80%50%65%30%65%30%15%65%
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.
Signet Christian School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Waldorf Academy80%100%100%
Kingsway College School
Taddle Creek Montessori School
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)




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