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Gifted Private Schools & Programs in United States

A survey of the gifted education landscape in United States. Find 6 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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Gifted schools



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  • Chamberlain International School
  • Hampshire Country School
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Montverde Academy
  • Buffalo Seminary

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

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
$58,500

North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)  

  • Coconut Creek, Florida
  • K 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
$24,200 to $59,950


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


Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)  

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (56 students)
  • Boarding school (269 students)
There is a power within you. The power to soar above self-imposed limitations, to create something new, to become a leader. Come explore Randolph-Macon Academy, and discover The Power of Rise. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,350 to $40,525

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
$21,900 to $52,750


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

Montverde Academy (est. 1912)  

  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is an elite college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies with a distinct student population from over 80 countries worldwide. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,875 to $51,350






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. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

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
Buffalo SeminaryOctober 18, 2018 6:00 pmBuffalo Seminary
205 Bidwell Parkway Buffalo New York 14222
Montverde AcademyNovember 03, 2018 8:30 amMontverde Academy
17235 Seventh Street Montverde Florida 34756
Randolph-Macon AcademyNovember 12, 2018 10:00 amRandolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive Front Royal Virginia 22630
Randolph-Macon AcademyDecember 02, 2018 2:00 pmRandolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive Front Royal Virginia 22630




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)
Montverde Academy$7,875 to $16,38026%6 - 12$7,500
Buffalo Seminary$21,9009 - 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%
Hampshire Country School194850%222
Randolph-Macon Academy1892$88594%30944
North Broward Preparatory School1957$10,000,00060%1230176
Montverde Academy1912$045%51134
Buffalo Seminary1851$12,000,00060%21855




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Chamberlain International SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Special needs school
Hampshire Country SchoolLiberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive4Special needs schoolLight integration
Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 17No supportMedium integration
North Broward Preparatory SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous18Special needs schoolHeavy integration
Montverde AcademyTraditionalAcceleratedRigorousIndirect Support
Buffalo SeminaryLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous9 to 1No supportHeavy 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%
Hampshire Country SchoolBoarding: rolling3 - 750%
Randolph-Macon AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 1294%Nov 12, 2018
North Broward Preparatory SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 126 - 1260%
Montverde AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
3 - 12Preschool - 1245%Nov 3, 2018
Buffalo SeminaryDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 129 - 1260%Oct 18, 2018




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




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Chamberlain International School
Hampshire Country School50%50%50%50%50%
Randolph-Macon Academy94%94%94%94%91%84%82%
North Broward Preparatory School60%60%60%60%60%60%60%
Montverde Academy
Buffalo Seminary60%60%60%




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Chamberlain International School
Hampshire Country SchoolTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
North Broward Preparatory SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Montverde AcademyTraditional MathEqual Balance
Buffalo SeminaryTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance




 
 
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
Hampshire Country School
Randolph-Macon Academy
North Broward Preparatory School
Montverde Academy
Buffalo Seminary




 
 
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
Hampshire Country School
Randolph-Macon Academy
North Broward Preparatory School
Montverde Academy
Buffalo Seminary




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.