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Toronto gifted schools

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Toronto.




On this page, we cover private schools in the Toronto area 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 gifted 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 classes, and schools offering in-class gifted support. Then, in the fourth group, we identify schools that don't offer formal gifted support, but have accelerated curricula for all their students.


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

These are self-contained gifted schools, where 100% of the students are gifted. Teachers and staff can focus on tailoring the environment to gifted students, without compromise.

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Prestige School - Toronto Campus (est. 2003)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avenue Road Academy (est. 2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Montcrest School (est. 1961)

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

Shoore Centre for Learning (est. 1975)

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

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

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

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

Hudson College (est. 2003)

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

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 six to ten students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$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

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

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

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

Neuchâtel Junior College (est. 1956)

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

Newton’s Grove School (est. 1977)

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

These schools offer no formal program for gifted students, but have an accelerated baseline curriculum. This means all students—gifted or not—do the work of older peers at other schools. For highly gifted learners (those in the 99th percentile), this alone is likely not enough to support their needs.

 
School NameTypePaceCost

McDonald International Academy (est. 1994)

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

The Giles School (est. 1989)

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

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

  • 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

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

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

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

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




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

Private school expos

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

Parent discussion forum

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

Upcoming open house events

Open houses are a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For some general advice on open house visits, go here. For questions to ask that are specific to gifted schools and programs, check out our main gifted education guide.

School nameDateLocation
WillowWood SchoolDecember 08, 2016 10:00 amWillowWood School
55 Scarsdale Road Toronto Ontario M3B 2R3
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolDecember 09, 2016 9:00 amAlive Montessori & Private School
2 Wembley Road Toronto Ontario M6C 2E9
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
Montcrest SchoolJanuary 20, 2017 9:30 amMontcrest School
4 Montcrest Boulevard Toronto Ontario M4K 1J7
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
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.January 28, 2017 9:00 amBayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.
275 Duncan Mill Road Toronto Ontario M3B 3H9
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
Montcrest SchoolApril 21, 2017 9:30 amMontcrest School
4 Montcrest Boulevard Toronto Ontario M4K 1J7
Nile AcademyMay 06, 2017 10:00 amNile Academy
135 Plunkett Road Toronto Ontario M9L 2J7




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 4%
$7,501 - $10,000 11%
$10,001 - $12,500 13%
$12,501 - $15,000 26%
$15,001 - $17,500 17%
$17,501 - $20,000 21%
$20,001 - $22,500 17%
$22,501 - $25,000 19%
$25,001 - $27,500 6%
$27,501 - $30,000 4%
$30,001 - $32,500 9%
$32,501 - $35,000 2%
$35,001 - $37,500 0%
$37,501 - $40,000 0%

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

Availability of financial aidAwardBasedNeedBasedTotalNursery/ToddlerJKK246810120%13%25%38%50%GradePercentage of schools
Grade Award Based Need Based Total
Nursery/Toddler 0.043 0.064 0.106
Preschool 0.106 0.17 0.277
JK 0.106 0.255 0.362
SK 0.106 0.255 0.362
K 0.085 0.255 0.34
1 0.064 0.234 0.298
2 0.064 0.234 0.298
3 0.085 0.255 0.34
4 0.085 0.255 0.34
5 0.085 0.255 0.34
6 0.106 0.255 0.362
7 0.085 0.298 0.383
8 0.085 0.298 0.383
9 0.128 0.255 0.383
10 0.128 0.255 0.383
11 0.128 0.255 0.383
12 0.149 0.255 0.404

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

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

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





 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
Montcrest School196130531
Shoore Centre for Learning1975100%548
McDonald International Academy1994$0100%618155
The Giles School1989100%
WillowWood School1980$0100%
Hawthorn School for Girls1989$085%
Toronto Prep School2009100%32554
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science200090%29417
Hudson College2003
Alive Montessori & Private School201495%426
Westside Montessori School2008100%
TFS - Canada's International School196275%
Upper Canada College1829$40,000,00033%117884
Northmount School199095%13312
Ellington Montessori School199075%17715
The Dragon Academy200150%588
The Junior Academy198875%
Olivet School189395%495
Prince Edward Montessori School1995100%
St. Clement's Early Learning School1955$3382%
High Park Gardens Montessori School98%
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology201385%359
Prestige School - Toronto Campus200380%17813
Sidney Ledson Institute1982100%
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School1990100%
Bannockburn1993100%
Robbins Hebrew Academy1957100%
Crestwood Preparatory College200175%38063
Avenue Road Academy201080%
Taddle Creek Montessori School98%
The Linden School1993100%18012
University of Toronto Schools191033%646108
Avalon Children's Montessori School200090%827
The Abelard School1997$050%5013
High Park Day School201070%
Signet Christian School1975100%
Waldorf Academy1987100%
CGS (Children's Garden School)198685%
Royal St. George's College196433%
The Mildenhall School196795%
Kingsway College School1989100%
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus1995100%
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.1962100%
Nile Academy2005100%40727
City Academy1999$0100%12030
Crescent School191337%71572
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
Montcrest SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive7 to 18High
Shoore Centre for LearningTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive6Very HighLight integration
McDonald International AcademyTraditionalAcceleratedSupportive10 to 20HighMedium integration
The Giles SchoolLiberal ArtsAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16LimitedMedium integration
WillowWood SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 16Very HighMedium integration
Hawthorn School for GirlsLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15HighLight integration
Toronto Prep SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 14HighHeavy integration
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedSupportive14 to 20HighLight integration
Hudson CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 18LimitedMedium integration
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16HighLight integration
Westside Montessori SchoolMontessoriSupportive10 to 24Mild difficulties
TFS - Canada's International SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous12 to 22HighMedium integration
Upper Canada CollegeLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous20Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
Northmount SchoolTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous8 to 15HighLight integration
Ellington Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
The Dragon AcademyProgressiveReggio EmiliaAcceleratedRigorous6 to 12ModerateMedium integration
The Junior AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 14High
Olivet SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive10 to 16Limited
St. Clement's Early Learning SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 8HighLight integration
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive15 to 24Mild difficulties
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive2 to 10HighHeavy integration
Prestige School - Toronto CampusTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous10 to 18LimitedMedium integration
Sidney Ledson InstituteTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous10 to 12Limited
Cornerstone Montessori Prep SchoolLiberal ArtsMontessoriAcceleratedRigorous10 to 15High
BannockburnMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive12 to 20LimitedLight integration
Robbins Hebrew AcademyProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedSupportive20HighHeavy integration
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive16HighMedium integration
Avenue Road AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive1 to 5Very HighMedium integration
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
The Linden SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous12HighHeavy integration
University of Toronto SchoolsLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous23 to 24HighMedium integration
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 15HighMedium integration
The Abelard SchoolLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous12HighLight integration
High Park Day SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 12ModerateMedium integration
Signet Christian SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportiveHighMedium integration
Waldorf AcademyWaldorfStandard-enrichedSupportive18HighLight integration
CGS (Children's Garden School)TraditionalAcceleratedSupportive8 to 12Mild difficulties
Royal St. George's CollegeProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous18Moderate
The Mildenhall SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 24Mild difficulties
Kingsway College SchoolProgressiveStandard-enriched16 to 20ModerateMedium integration
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusMontessoriAcceleratedSupportive15 to 24Limited
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous20 to 22Limited
Nile AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15Limited
City AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous1 to 8HighMedium integration
Crescent SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 20HighMedium 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
Montcrest SchoolDay: rollingJK - 8Jan 20, 2017
Shoore Centre for LearningDay: rolling6 - 12100%
McDonald International AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 12100%
The Giles SchoolDay: rolling100%
WillowWood School100%Dec 8, 2016
Hawthorn School for GirlsDay: Feb 27, 2016
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: Jul 22, 2016
8 - 1285%
Toronto Prep SchoolDay: rolling100%Feb 25, 2017
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 1290%
Hudson CollegeDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
JK - 12
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 395%Dec 9, 2016
Westside Montessori School100%
TFS - Canada's International SchoolDay: Dec 2, 20166 - 1175%Jan 12, 2017
Upper Canada CollegeDay: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 - 11SK - 1133%
Northmount SchoolDay: rollingJK - 895%
Ellington Montessori SchoolDay: rolling75%
The Dragon AcademyDay: rolling6 - 1250%
The Junior AcademyDay: rollingPreschool - 875%
Olivet SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 595%
Prince Edward Montessori SchoolDay: rolling100%
St. Clement's Early Learning SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 282%
High Park Gardens Montessori SchoolDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 698%
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyDay: rolling9 - 1285%
Prestige School - Toronto CampusDay: rolling1 - 1280%
Sidney Ledson Institute100%
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School100%
BannockburnDay: rollingNursery/Toddler - 6100%
Robbins Hebrew AcademyDay: rolling100%
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeDay: Feb 8, 201675%Jan 18, 2017
Avenue Road AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 - 1280%
Taddle Creek Montessori SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 698%
The Linden SchoolDay: Jan 30, 2017JK - 12100%Jan 25, 2017
University of Toronto SchoolsDay: Dec 1, 20156 - 106 - 1033%
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolDay: rolling1 - 890%
The Abelard SchoolDay: rolling9 - 1250%
High Park Day SchoolDay: rolling1 - 870%
Signet Christian SchoolDay: rollingJK - 12100%
Waldorf AcademyNursery/Toddler - 8100%
CGS (Children's Garden School)Day: rollingPreschool - 385%
Royal St. George's CollegeDay: Dec 2, 20163 - 1233%
The Mildenhall SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 895%
Kingsway College SchoolDay: rolling100%Jan 14, 2017
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard CampusDay: rolling100%
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.Day: rolling100%Jan 28, 2017
Nile AcademyDay: Aug 15, 2016
Boarding: Aug 15, 2016
Homestay: Aug 15, 2016
1 - 12100%May 6, 2017
City AcademyDay: rolling9 - 12100%
Crescent SchoolDay: Dec 2, 20168 - 123 - 1237%
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeBoarding: Dec 2, 2016
Newton’s Grove School100%Mar 4, 2017




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Montcrest School
Shoore Centre for Learning100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
McDonald International Academy100%100%100%100%
The Giles School
WillowWood School
Hawthorn School for Girls
Toronto Prep School90%90%90%90%90%90%
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science100%100%100%100%100%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%85%
Hudson College
Alive Montessori & Private School80%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
Westside Montessori School
TFS - Canada's International School75%77%74%81%86%91%88%88%94%83%65%70%85%85%100%
Upper Canada College40%33%33%33%33%20%
Northmount School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Ellington Montessori School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
The Dragon Academy25%50%40%40%50%40%25%
The Junior Academy
Olivet School100%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
Prince Edward Montessori School
St. Clement's Early Learning School95%90%75%75%75%
High Park Gardens Montessori School
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology85%85%85%85%
Prestige School - Toronto Campus
Sidney Ledson Institute
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
Bannockburn
Robbins Hebrew Academy
Crestwood Preparatory College
Avenue Road Academy80%80%80%80%
Taddle Creek Montessori School
The Linden School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
University of Toronto Schools33%20%25%20%
Avalon Children's Montessori School90%90%90%90%90%90%75%75%75%75%
The Abelard School50%50%50%50%
High Park Day School80%50%65%30%65%30%15%65%
Signet Christian School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Waldorf Academy80%100%100%
CGS (Children's Garden School)90%90%90%85%85%85%
Royal St. George's College33%33%33%20%25%20%25%20%20%
The Mildenhall School
Kingsway College School
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus100%
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.
Nile Academy100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
City Academy
Crescent School51%42%49%24%30%20%36%15%63%10%
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
Montcrest SchoolEqual Balance
Shoore Centre for LearningEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
McDonald International AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Giles SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
WillowWood SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Hawthorn School for GirlsTraditional MathInquiryTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Toronto Prep SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and ScienceEqual BalanceExpositoryTraditionalPragmatismCommunicativeReceptive
Hudson CollegeEqual Balance
Alive Montessori & Private SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesCreative
Westside Montessori School
TFS - Canada's International SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Upper Canada CollegeEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Northmount SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Ellington Montessori SchoolTraditional MathInquirySocial JusticePerennialismCommunicativeEqual Balance
The Dragon AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
The Junior Academy
Olivet SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCreative
Prince Edward Montessori School
St. Clement's Early Learning SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual Balance
High Park Gardens Montessori School
OAT - Ontario Academy of TechnologyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Prestige School - Toronto CampusEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Sidney Ledson Institute
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
BannockburnEqual BalanceInquiryTraditionalCommunicativeEqual Balance
Robbins Hebrew AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Crestwood Preparatory CollegeTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Avenue Road AcademyTraditional MathInquiryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Taddle Creek Montessori School
The Linden SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
University of Toronto SchoolsEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Avalon Children's Montessori SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
The Abelard SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
High Park Day SchoolEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalancePragmatismCommunicativeCreative
Signet Christian SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Waldorf AcademyEqual Balance
CGS (Children's Garden School)
Royal St. George's College
The Mildenhall School
Kingsway College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Central Montessori Schools - Sheppard Campus
Bayview Glen - Whole Child. Whole Life. Whole World.
Nile Academy
City AcademyTraditional MathExpositoryEqual BalancePerennialismEqual BalanceReceptive
Crescent SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Neuchâtel Junior CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Newton’s Grove SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance




 




 




Gifted children

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

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

You can also consider alternative options, such as language immersion programs, International Baccalaureate programs, Advanced Placement courses (for older students), and Montessori schools.

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

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: