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Gifted Private Schools & Programs in United States

A survey of the gifted education landscape in United States. Find 8 schools for gifted kids below.




On this page, we cover private schools in the United States 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 the United States

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in United States

  4. Compare gifted schools

  5. A primer on gifted education
  6. Further resources


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  • Chamberlain International School
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • New Mexico Military Institute
  • Heritage
  • American Hebrew Academy
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Hampshire Country 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

New Mexico Military Institute (est. 1891)

  • Roswell, New Mexico
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (843 students)
The New Mexico Military Institute offers a rich history and tradition of educating tomorrow’s leaders through a program of strong, challenging academics, leadership preparation, and character development. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,629 to $20,065

North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)

  • Coconut Creek, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
  • Boarding school (330 students)
North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$24,200 to $58,000

Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)

  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (22 students)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Student-paced$58,500

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

Heritage (est. 1984)

  • Provo, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (115 students)
Heritage offers expert care for at-risk adolescents including those diagnosed with Mood Disorder, depression, anxiety, defiance towards authority figures and those on the Autism Spectrum. Learn more on our website. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$138,000

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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)

  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced

Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (56 students)
  • Boarding school (269 students)
Randolph-Macon Academy is located in Front Royal, Virginia. This college-prep school is for grades 6-12. Students develop a strong knowledge base while also building leadership skills and strong positive morals. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$14,350 to $40,525

American Hebrew Academy (est. 2001)

  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
The American Hebrew Academy is the only international Jewish college prep boarding school in the world! The advantages of boarding school are boundless; the advantages of a Jewish boarding school will last a lifetime. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$24,000 to $42,000

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

Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)

  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Accelerated$19,840 to $46,715




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

Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. We have six annual school expos, where leading private and independent schools exhibit. Find a gifted school near you.

Parent discussion forum

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

Upcoming open house events

Attending open houses 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
American Hebrew AcademyMarch 16, 2018 8:00 amAmerican Hebrew Academy
4334 Hobbs Road Greensboro North Carolina 27410




Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in United States 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.

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
American Hebrew Academy$24,00041%9 - 12$18,329
Buffalo Seminary$19,8409 - 12





 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 dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Chamberlain International School1976$0100%
Randolph-Macon Academy1892$88594%30944
New Mexico Military Institute1891100%
Heritage198471%
American Hebrew Academy200160%
North Broward Preparatory School1957$10,000,00060%1230176
Buffalo Seminary1851$12,000,00060%21855
Hampshire Country School194850%222




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Chamberlain International SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Very High
Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 17LimitedMedium integration
New Mexico Military InstituteTraditional16 to 1Limited
HeritageProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 10Very HighMedium integration
American Hebrew AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 12Mild difficultiesHeavy integration
North Broward Preparatory SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous18Very HighHeavy integration
Buffalo SeminaryLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous9 to 1ModerateHeavy integration
Hampshire Country SchoolLiberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive4Very HighLight 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
Chamberlain International SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
100%
Randolph-Macon AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 1294%
New Mexico Military InstituteBoarding: rolling100%
HeritageBoarding: rolling71%
American Hebrew AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 1260%Mar 16, 2018
North Broward Preparatory SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 126 - 1260%
Buffalo SeminaryDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 129 - 1260%
Hampshire Country SchoolBoarding: rolling3 - 750%




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Chamberlain International School
Randolph-Macon Academy97%97%97%94%92%92%78%
American Hebrew Academy70%70%70%70%
North Broward Preparatory School60%60%60%60%60%60%60%
Buffalo Seminary60%60%60%




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Chamberlain International School
Randolph-Macon Academy94%94%94%94%91%84%82%
New Mexico Military Institute
Heritage
American Hebrew Academy50%50%50%50%
North Broward Preparatory School60%60%60%60%60%60%60%
Buffalo Seminary60%60%60%
Hampshire Country School50%50%50%50%50%




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Chamberlain International School
Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
New Mexico Military Institute
HeritageEqual BalanceExpositoryEqual BalancePragmatismAudio-LingualEqual Balance
American Hebrew AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
North Broward Preparatory SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Buffalo SeminaryTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Hampshire Country SchoolTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative




 
 
Student council
School newspaper
Yearbook
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Choir
Band
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
Chamberlain International School
Randolph-Macon Academy
Heritage
American Hebrew Academy
North Broward Preparatory School
Buffalo Seminary
Hampshire Country School




 
 
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Cricket
Equestrian
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rowing
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track and Field
Volleyball
Wrestling
Chamberlain International School
Randolph-Macon Academy
Heritage
American Hebrew Academy
North Broward Preparatory School
Buffalo Seminary
Hampshire Country School




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, revisit this page to explore your specific school options in United States 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.