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Toronto gifted schools

A survey of the gifted education landscape in Toronto. Find 47 schools for gifted kids below.




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—Judy Winberg, M.Ed., Canadian educational consultant


On this page we cover private schools in the Toronto area that offer gifted programs and support. We also touch on public schools for gifted kids.

For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a discussion of private vs. public options, 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 obligated to support gifted learners with special programs. Many private schools don't — even ones with strong academic reputations. The schools listed on this page, however, do. We organize the schools into groups: dedicated gifted schools, schools with dedicated gifted classes, and schools offering in-class gifted support. Then, in the fourth group, we identify schools that don't offer formal gifted support but have accelerated curriculums for all their students.


 
  • La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science
  • Westside Montessori School
  • McDonald International Academy
  • WillowWood School
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Hudson College
  • Hawthorn School for Girls
  • Montcrest School
  • Upper Canada College
  • TFS - Canada's International School
  • The Giles School
  • Toronto Prep School
  • Shoore Centre for Learning
  • Olivet School
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Northmount School
  • The Dragon Academy
  • The Junior Academy
  • Crescent School
  • Avenue Road Academy (formerly Academy c60)
  • The Mildenhall School
  • The Linden School
  • Kingsway College School
  • OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology
  • Avalon Children's Montessori School
  • High Park Day School
  • Waldorf Academy
  • University of Toronto Schools
  • Sidney Ledson Institute
  • Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
  • CGS (Children's Garden School)
  • Prestige School - Toronto Campus
  • Royal St. George's College
  • Signet Christian School
  • Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • City Academy
  • Taddle Creek Montessori School
  • Nile Academy
  • Bannockburn
  • The Abelard School
  • Crestwood Preparatory College
  • High Park Gardens Montessori School
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Robbins Hebrew Academy
  • 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 learners, 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
  • Waldorf
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 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 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

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

Avenue Road Academy (formerly Academy c60) (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
  • Waldorf
Student-paced$12,500

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

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$13,000 to $17,950

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

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

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

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 $25,500

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

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

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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

WillowWood School (est. 1980)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
WillowWood School is an independent school for diverse learners in Toronto. It offers programs from grades 1 to 12, small classes, a family atmosphere, and individualized teaching. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched

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

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

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

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

Toronto Prep School (est. 2009)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 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

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

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

Northmount School (est. 1990)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (97 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$12,500 to $23,000

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$31,750

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 $14,750

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$14,000 to $15,900

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

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

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

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

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 average class size is ten to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$7,000 to $14,500

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

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 learners but have an accelerated baseline curriculum. This means all students—gifted or not—do the work of older peers at other schools. For exceptionally gifted learners, this alone is likely not enough to support their needs.

 
School NameTypePaceCost

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

  • North York, 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

McDonald International Academy

  • 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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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




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

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.

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.

Attending 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 programs, check out our main gifted education guide.

School nameDateLocation
Crescent SchoolOctober 04, 2016 9:30 amCrescent School
2365 Bayview Avenue Toronto Ontario M2L 1A2
Royal St. George's CollegeOctober 05, 2016 9:30 amRoyal St. George's College
120 Howland Avenue Toronto Ontario M5R 3B5
Crescent SchoolOctober 06, 2016 9:30 amCrescent School
2365 Bayview Avenue Toronto Ontario M2L 1A2
Hudson CollegeOctober 06, 2016 10:00 amHudson College
21 Ascot Avenue Toronto
Hawthorn School for GirlsOctober 06, 2016 4:00 pmHawthorn School for Girls
101 Scarsdale Road Toronto
Hawthorn School for GirlsOctober 06, 2016 4:00 pmHawthorn School for Girls
101 Scarsdale Road Toronto Ontario M3B 2R2
Hawthorn School for GirlsOctober 07, 2016 1:00 pmHawthorn School for Girls
101 Scarsdale Road Toronto Ontario M3B 2R2
Northmount SchoolOctober 12, 2016 9:30 amNorthmount School
26 Mallard Road Toronto Ontario M3B 1S3
Hudson CollegeOctober 15, 2016 11:00 amHudson College
21 Ascot Avenue Toronto Ontario M6E 1E6
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeOctober 17, 2016 7:30 pmDowntown
Location Toronto TBA RSVP Required
Kingsway College SchoolOctober 19, 2016 9:30 amKingsway College School
4600 Dundas Street West Etobicoke Ontario M9A 1A5
TFS - Canada's International SchoolOctober 20, 2016 9:30 amTFS - Canada's International School
318 Lawrence Avenue East Toronto Ontario M4N 1T7
Hawthorn School for GirlsOctober 21, 2016 4:00 pmHawthorn School for Girls
101 Scarsdale Road Toronto
TFS - Canada's International SchoolOctober 22, 2016 10:00 amTFS - Canada's International School
1293 Meredith Avenue Mississauga Ontario L5E 2E6
Newton’s Grove SchoolOctober 22, 2016 10:00 amNewton’s Grove School
1 City View Drive Etobicoke Ontario M9W 5A5
Toronto Prep SchoolOctober 22, 2016 11:00 amToronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue Suite 200 Toronto Ontario
Toronto Prep SchoolOctober 22, 2016 11:00 amToronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue Suite 200 Toronto Ontario
Hudson CollegeOctober 22, 2016 12:00 pmHudson College
21 Ascot Ave Toronto ON M6E 1E6
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 26, 2016 9:30 amUpper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
TFS - Canada's International SchoolOctober 26, 2016 9:30 amTFS - Canada's International School
101 Mildenhall Road Toronto Ontario M4N 1T7
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 26, 2016 9:30 amUpper Canada College
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 26, 2016 4:30 pmUpper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
Upper Canada CollegeOctober 27, 2016 9:30 amUpper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
The Junior AcademyOctober 27, 2016 10:00 amJunior Academy
2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills) Toronto Ontario M2L 1A6
TFS - Canada's International SchoolNovember 02, 2016 9:30 amTFS - Canada's International School
296 Lawrence Avenue East Toronto Ontario M4N 1T7
The Linden SchoolNovember 03, 2016 9:00 amLinden School
10 Rosehill Avenue Toronto Ontario M4T 1G5
TFS - Canada's International SchoolNovember 03, 2016 7:00 pmTFS - Canada's International School
294 Lawrence Ave. East Toronto Ontario M4N 1T7
Crescent SchoolNovember 04, 2016 9:30 amCrescent School
2365 Bayview Avenue Toronto Ontario M2L 1A2
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeNovember 05, 2016 10:00 amCrestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
Hudson CollegeNovember 05, 2016 12:00 pmHudson College
21 Ascot Avenue Toronto Ontario M6E 1E6
Crescent SchoolNovember 07, 2016 9:30 amCrescent School
2365 Bayview Avenue Toronto Ontario M2L 1A2
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeNovember 09, 2016 9:00 amCrestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
Kingsway College SchoolNovember 09, 2016 9:30 amKingsway College School
4600 Dundas Street West Etobicoke Ontario M9A 1A5
Kingsway College SchoolNovember 09, 2016 7:00 pmKingsway College School
4600 Dundas Street West Etobicoke Ontario M9A 1A5
TFS - Canada's International SchoolNovember 16, 2016 9:30 amTFS - Canada's International School
318 Lawrence Avenue East Toronto Ontario M4N 1T7
Northmount SchoolNovember 16, 2016 9:30 amNorthmount School
26 Mallard Road Toronto Ontario M3B 1S3
Hudson CollegeNovember 19, 2016 12:00 pmHudson College
21 Ascot Avenue Toronto Ontario M6E 1E6
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeNovember 23, 2016 9:00 amCrestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
The Junior AcademyNovember 23, 2016 10:00 amJunior Academy
2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills) Toronto Ontario M2L 1A6
TFS - Canada's International SchoolNovember 23, 2016 7:30 pmTFS - Canada's International School
101 Mildenhall Road Toronto Ontario M4N 1T7
Toronto Prep SchoolNovember 26, 2016 11:00 amToronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue, Suite 200 Toronto Ontario M4S 1H2
The Linden SchoolDecember 01, 2016 9:00 amLinden School
10 Rosehill Avenue Toronto Ontario M4T 1G5
TFS - Canada's International SchoolJanuary 12, 2017 9:30 amTFS - Canada's International School
101 Mildenhall Road Toronto Ontario M4N 1T7
Kingsway College SchoolJanuary 14, 2017 9:30 amKingsway College School
4600 Dundas Street West Etobicoke Ontario M9A 1A5
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeJanuary 18, 2017 9:00 amCrestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
Kingsway College SchoolJanuary 18, 2017 9:30 amKingsway College School
4600 Dundas Street West Etobicoke Ontario M9A 1A5
TFS - Canada's International SchoolJanuary 21, 2017 10:00 amTFS - Canada's International School
1293 Meredith Avenue Mississauga Ontario L5E 2E6
The Linden SchoolJanuary 25, 2017 9:00 amLinden School
10 Rosehill Avenue Toronto Ontario M4T 1G5
Toronto Prep SchoolFebruary 25, 2017 11:00 amToronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue, Suite 200 Toronto Ontario M4S 1H2
Newton’s Grove SchoolMarch 04, 2017 10:00 amNewton’s Grove School
1 City View Drive Etobicoke Ontario M9W 5A5
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
Nile AcademyMay 06, 2017 10:00 amNile Academy
135 Plunkett Road Toronto Ontario M9L 2J7




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.



There are quite a few affordable private schools for gifted kids. Inexpensive schools can often provide an excellent education by focusing on the classroom basics. You don't need to spend a fortune on bells and whistles: the key is getting your child individualized support. Having said that, the pricier schools will tend to provide a wider breadth of in-class and extracurricular opportunities. They will also tend to be larger and more established. Nonetheless, for most schools, the largest operating expense is usually teacher salaries.

Many schools offer financial aid (also known as "bursaries", "tuition relief", or "tuition assistance") and scholarships. Financial aid is needs-based, while scholarships are given for some measure of merit (whether it be academic, athletic, or something else). You can read more about financial aid and scholarships in our dedicated guide. Generally speaking, the larger and more expensive private schools provide the most aid. Even comfortable middle-class families can be eligible to receive aid, so don't be afraid to ask a school about it—whatever your financial situation.

Below you'll find the range of costs at Toronto private schools with gifted programming:

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Alive Montessori & Private School$13,500 to $14,50020%JK - 8$2,000
Hudson College$15,000JK - 12
Hawthorn School for Girls$10,000 to $18,00035%JK - 12
Upper Canada College$30,860 to $33,86018%5 - 12$15,000
TFS - Canada's International School$17,600 to $31,100Preschool - 12
Olivet School$10,00014%JK - 5
Ellington Montessori School$7,900 to $14,0005%1 - 8$3,000
Northmount School$12,500 to $23,0005%JK - 8$10,000
The Dragon Academy$20,500 to $26,50020%7 - 12$3,000
The Junior Academy$18,000 to $22,5004%JK - 8$3,000
Crescent School$31,7503%7 - 12$33,770
Avenue Road Academy (formerly Academy c60)$12,500
The Linden School$13,000 to $17,95020%JK - 12$10,000
Avalon Children's Montessori School$13,100 to $14,7505%1 - 8$10,000
Waldorf Academy20%JK - 8$5,000
University of Toronto Schools$23,59015%7 - 12$11,000
Royal St. George's College$30,5403 - 12
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.$16,995 to $24,000
City Academy$1,6009 - 12
Bannockburn$23,700
The Abelard School$20,00020%9 - 12$10,000
Crestwood Preparatory College$24,900
Robbins Hebrew AcademyNursery/Toddler - 8





 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
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science200090%29417
Westside Montessori School2008100%
McDonald International Academy100%
WillowWood School1980$0100%
Alive Montessori & Private School201495%426
Hudson College2003
Hawthorn School for Girls1989$085%
Montcrest School196130531
Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
TFS - Canada's International School196275%
The Giles School1989100%
Toronto Prep School2009100%
Shoore Centre for Learning1975100%548
Olivet School189395%495
Ellington Montessori School199075%17715
Northmount School199095%13312
The Dragon Academy200150%588
The Junior Academy198875%
Crescent School191337%71572
Avenue Road Academy (formerly Academy c60)201080%
The Mildenhall School196795%
The Linden School1993100%18012
Kingsway College School1989100%
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology201385%359
Avalon Children's Montessori School200090%827
High Park Day School201070%
Waldorf Academy1987100%
University of Toronto Schools191033%646108
Sidney Ledson Institute1982100%
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus1995100%
CGS (Children's Garden School)198685%
Prestige School - Toronto Campus200380%17813
Royal St. George's College1964
Signet Christian School1975
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.1962100%
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School1990100%
City Academy1999$0100%12030
Taddle Creek Montessori School98%
Nile Academy2005100%40727
Bannockburn1993100%
The Abelard School1997$050%5013
Crestwood Preparatory College200175%38063
High Park Gardens Montessori School98%
Prince Edward Montessori School1995100%
Robbins Hebrew Academy1957100%
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
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedSupportive14 to 20HighLight integration
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
McDonald International AcademyTraditionalAcceleratedSupportive10 to 20Limited
WillowWood SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 16Very HighMedium integration
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
Hudson CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 18LimitedMedium integration
Hawthorn School for GirlsLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15HighLight integration
Montcrest SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive7 to 18High
Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
TFS - Canada's International SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous12 to 22HighMedium integration
The Giles SchoolLiberal ArtsAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16LimitedMedium integration
Toronto Prep SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 14HighHeavy integration
Shoore Centre for LearningTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive6Very HighLight integration
Olivet SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Northmount SchoolTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15HighLight integration
The Dragon AcademyProgressiveReggio EmiliaAcceleratedRigorous6 to 12ModerateMedium integration
The Junior AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 14High
Crescent SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 20HighMedium integration
Avenue Road Academy (formerly Academy c60)TraditionalWaldorfStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 5Very HighMedium integration
The Mildenhall SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
The Linden SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous12HighHeavy integration
Kingsway College SchoolProgressiveStandard-enriched16 to 20ModerateMedium integration
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyProgressiveStudent-paced2 to 10HighHeavy integration
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 15HighMedium integration
High Park Day SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 12ModerateMedium integration
Waldorf AcademyWaldorfStandard-enrichedSupportive18HighLight integration
University of Toronto SchoolsLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous23 to 24HighMedium integration
Sidney Ledson InstituteTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous10 to 12Limited
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Limited
CGS (Children's Garden School)TraditionalAcceleratedSupportive8 to 12Mild difficulties
Prestige School - Toronto CampusTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous10 to 18LimitedMedium integration
Royal St. George's CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous18Moderate
Signet Christian SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedRigorousHigh
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous20 to 22Limited
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
City AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous1 to 8HighMedium integration
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Nile AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15Limited
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
The Abelard SchoolLiberal ArtsWaldorfAcceleratedRigorous12HighLight integration
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive16HighMedium integration
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16Limited
Robbins Hebrew AcademyProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedSupportive20HighHeavy integration
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
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 1290%
Westside Montessori School100%
McDonald International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12100%
WillowWood School100%
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 395%
Hudson CollegeDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
JK - 12
Hawthorn School for GirlsDay: Feb 27, 2016
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: Jul 22, 2016
8 - 1285%
Montcrest SchoolDay: rollingJK - 8
Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11SK - 1133%
TFS - Canada's International SchoolDay: Dec 2, 20166 - 1175%
The Giles SchoolDay: rolling100%
Toronto Prep SchoolDay: rolling100%
Shoore Centre for LearningDay: rolling6 - 12100%
Olivet SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 595%
Ellington Montessori SchoolDay: rolling75%
Northmount SchoolDay: rollingJK - 895%
The Dragon AcademyDay: rolling6 - 1250%
The Junior AcademyDay: rollingPreschool - 875%
Crescent SchoolDay: Dec 2, 20168 - 123 - 1237%
Avenue Road Academy (formerly Academy c60)Day: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1280%
The Mildenhall SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 895%
The Linden SchoolDay: Jan 30, 2017JK - 12100%
Kingsway College SchoolDay: rolling100%
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyDay: rolling9 - 1285%
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolDay: rolling1 - 890%
High Park Day SchoolDay: rolling1 - 870%
Waldorf AcademyNursery/Toddler - 8100%
University of Toronto SchoolsDay: Dec 1, 20156 - 106 - 1033%
Sidney Ledson Institute100%
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusDay: rolling100%
CGS (Children's Garden School)Day: rollingPreschool - 385%
Prestige School - Toronto CampusDay: rolling1 - 1280%
Royal St. George's CollegeDay: Dec 2, 20163 - 12
Signet Christian SchoolDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.Day: rolling100%
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School100%
City AcademyDay: rolling9 - 12100%
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 698%
Nile AcademyDay: Aug 15, 2016
Boarding: Aug 15, 2016
Homestay: Aug 15, 2016
1 - 12100%
BannockburnDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 6100%
The Abelard SchoolDay: rolling9 - 1250%
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeDay: Feb 8, 201675%
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 698%
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolDay: rolling100%
Robbins Hebrew AcademyDay: rolling100%
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeBoarding: Dec 2, 2016
Newton’s Grove School100%




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science100%100%100%100%100%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%
Westside Montessori School
McDonald International Academy100%100%100%100%
WillowWood School
Alive Montessori & Private School80%95%95%95%95%95%
Hudson College
Hawthorn School for Girls
Montcrest School
Upper Canada College40%33%33%33%33%20%
TFS - Canada's International School75%77%74%81%86%91%88%88%94%83%65%70%85%85%100%
The Giles School
Toronto Prep School
Shoore Centre for Learning100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Olivet School100%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
Ellington Montessori School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Northmount School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
The Dragon Academy25%50%40%40%50%40%25%
The Junior Academy
Crescent School51%42%49%24%30%20%36%15%63%10%
Avenue Road Academy (formerly Academy c60)80%80%80%80%
The Mildenhall School
The Linden School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Kingsway College School
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology
Avalon Children's Montessori School90%90%90%90%90%90%75%75%75%75%
High Park Day School80%50%65%30%65%30%15%65%
Waldorf Academy80%100%100%
University of Toronto Schools33%20%25%20%
Sidney Ledson Institute
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus100%
CGS (Children's Garden School)90%90%90%85%85%85%
Prestige School - Toronto Campus
Royal St. George's College100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
City Academy
Taddle Creek Montessori School
Nile Academy100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Bannockburn
The Abelard School50%50%50%50%
Crestwood Preparatory College
High Park Gardens Montessori School
Prince Edward Montessori School
Robbins Hebrew Academy
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
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceEqual BalanceExpositoryTraditionalPragmatismCommunicativeReceptive
Westside Montessori School
McDonald International AcademyEqual Balance
WillowWood SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesCreative
Hudson CollegeEqual Balance
Hawthorn School for GirlsTraditional MathInquiryTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Montcrest SchoolEqual Balance
Upper Canada CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
TFS - Canada's International SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
The Giles SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Toronto Prep SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Shoore Centre for LearningEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
Olivet SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCreative
Ellington Montessori SchoolTraditional MathInquirySocial JusticePerennialismCommunicativeEqual Balance
Northmount SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Dragon AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
The Junior Academy
Crescent SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Avenue Road Academy (formerly Academy c60)Traditional MathInquiryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Mildenhall School
The Linden SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Kingsway College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
High Park Day SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalancePragmatismCommunicativeCreative
Waldorf AcademyEqual Balance
University of Toronto SchoolsEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Sidney Ledson Institute
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
CGS (Children's Garden School)
Prestige School - Toronto CampusEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Royal St. George's College
Signet Christian School
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
City AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryEqual BalancePerennialismEqual BalanceReceptive
Taddle Creek Montessori School
Nile Academy
BannockburnEqual BalanceInquiryTraditionalCommunicativeEqual Balance
The Abelard SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
High Park Gardens Montessori School
Prince Edward Montessori School
Robbins Hebrew AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Newton’s Grove SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance




 




 




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

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

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

If you're still grappling with these questions, start with our introductory guide to gifted education. Once you're versed in the fundamentals, re-visit this page to explore your specific school options in the Greater Toronto Area.

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.





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