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Gifted schools in Calgary

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Calgary.




On this page we cover private schools in Calgary, Alberta that offer gifted programs and support. This includes gifted schools and programs in the Downtown West End, Crescent Heights, Mount Royal, Bridgeland, Riverside, Renfrew, Beltline, Eau Claire, and Mayland. We also touch on public schools for gifted children.

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 Calgary

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Calgary

  4. Compare gifted schools

  5. A primer on gifted education
  6. Further resources


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Gifted schools



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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 curricula for all their students.


 
  • Banbury Crossroads School
  • West Island College
  • Delta West Academy
  • River Valley School
  • Edge School
  • Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • North Point School For Boys
  • Third Academy
  • Montessori School of Calgary
  • Calgary French & International School
  • Progressive 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

Progressive Academy (est. 1983)  

  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Progressive Academy's programs inspire students from preschool to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Wonderful faculty, wide range of experiential opportunities and high expectations ignite a desire to learn. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$8,550 to $16,800


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

Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Since 1979, Banbury's student-paced approach with tutorial instruction is in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Meainingful relationships enhance learning. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning--CCSDL. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$9,000 to $13,000

Montessori School of Calgary   

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$8,280 to $13,500

Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
Calgary French & International School graduates will be active global citizens with a foundation for life-long success, and our school will be the leader in French immersion and international education. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$7,490 to $14,310
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These schools offer support for gifted students within the regular classroom. Gifted students stay with regular learners, while receiving special, individualized programming.

 
School NameTypePaceCost

West Island College (est. 1982)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (550 students)
West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,120 to $21,120

Delta West Academy (est. 1993)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students. Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and academic excellence for everyone. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$9,900 to $17,550

River Valley School (est. 1983)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (325 students)
River Valley is an inclusive independent school in the heart of NW Calgary that provides exceptional education for 3-year-olds to grade 6 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Waldorf
$7,830 to $13,900

Edge School (est. 1999)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,000 to $18,270

Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (500 students)
Our school has two programs: Academy, for students with learning difficulties who have yet to consistently perform at grade level, and Collegiate, for students at or above grade level and looking for new challenges. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,010 to $18,885

North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (60 students)
North Point taps into the natural curiosity and energy of boys as a foundation for life-long learning. A strong academic program is just the beginning - we fuel motivation through real-life learning, digital platforms... [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,000 to $12,000

Third Academy (est. 1997)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
Third Academy is Calgary's school for special needs and gifted education. The school teaches what students need, the way they need it and never loses sight of well-rounded learning. Click to learn more. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$10,000

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






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. The Calgary private school expo allows you to speak with 10+ of the leading Calgary private schools — all in one place. 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 is 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
Calgary French & International SchoolOctober 18, 2018 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Buffalo SeminaryOctober 18, 2018 6:00 pmBuffalo Seminary
205 Bidwell Parkway Buffalo New York 14222
Delta West AcademyOctober 20, 2018 10:30 amDelta West Academy
414 11 A Street NE Calgary Alberta T2E 4P3
River Valley SchoolOctober 24, 2018 6:30 pmRiver Valley School
6305 33 AVE NW Calgary Alberta T3B 1K8
West Island CollegeOctober 25, 2018 7:00 pmWest Island College
7410 Blackfoot Trail Southeast Calgary Alberta T2H 1M5
Calgary French & International SchoolNovember 01, 2018 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
North Point School For BoysNovember 14, 2018 7:00 pmNorth Point School For Boys
2445 23rd Ave SW Calgary Alberta T2T 0W3
Calgary French & International SchoolNovember 15, 2018 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolNovember 29, 2018 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolJanuary 10, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
River Valley SchoolJanuary 23, 2019 6:30 pmRiver Valley School
6305 33 AVE NW Calgary Alberta T3B 1K8
Calgary French & International SchoolJanuary 24, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolFebruary 07, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolFebruary 21, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolMarch 14, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolApril 11, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
Calgary French & International SchoolApril 18, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1




Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in Calgary 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 Calgary private schools with gifted programs:

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Banbury Crossroads School$9,000 to $13,00010%K - 12$3,500
Delta West Academy$9,900 to $17,5505%3 - 12$10,000
Edge School$13,000 to $18,27020%4 - 12
Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate$12,010 to $18,885
North Point School For Boys$12,00020%K - 9$6,000
Third Academy$10,0001 - 12
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
 




 




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Banbury Crossroads SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
West Island CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 25No supportMedium integration
Delta West AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 12No supportMedium integration
River Valley SchoolProgressiveWaldorfStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 17No supportMedium integration
Edge SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 16No supportMedium integration
Calgary Academy & Calgary CollegiateTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 20Special needs schoolHeavy integration
North Point School For BoysProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
Third AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20Special needs school
Montessori School of CalgaryMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect SupportLight integration
Calgary French & International SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20Indirect SupportMedium integration
Progressive AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedRigorous16 to 20Resource Assistance
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
Banbury Crossroads SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 12100%
West Island CollegeDay: Feb 28, 201680%Oct 25, 2018
Delta West AcademyDay: rolling7 - 11JK - 1275%Oct 20, 2018
River Valley SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 690%Oct 24, 2018
Edge SchoolDay: rolling4 - 12
Calgary Academy & Calgary CollegiateDay: rolling2 - 12
North Point School For BoysDay: rollingK - 9100%Nov 14, 2018
Third Academy1 - 12
Montessori School of CalgaryDay: rollingPreschool - 6
Calgary French & International SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 1275%Oct 18, 2018
Progressive AcademyDay: rollingPreschool - 12100%
Buffalo SeminaryDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 129 - 1260%Oct 18, 2018




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Banbury Crossroads School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
West Island College80%80%80%80%80%80%
Delta West Academy80%80%80%80%70%70%70%70%70%70%50%70%50%25%
River Valley School90%90%90%90%90%90%90%90%90%
Edge School100%
Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
North Point School For Boys
Third Academy
Montessori School of Calgary
Calgary French & International School70%85%20%50%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
Progressive Academy
Buffalo Seminary60%60%60%




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Buffalo Seminary60%60%60%




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Banbury Crossroads SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismCommunicativeEqual Balance
West Island CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Delta West AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
River Valley SchoolDiscovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Edge SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Calgary Academy & Calgary CollegiateEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
North Point School For BoysEqual BalanceInquiryTraditionalEqual BalanceAudio-LingualCreative
Third Academy
Montessori School of CalgaryDiscovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Calgary French & International SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Progressive Academy
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
Banbury Crossroads School
West Island College
Delta West Academy
River Valley School
Edge School
Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
North Point School For Boys
Montessori School of Calgary
Calgary French & International School
Progressive 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
Banbury Crossroads School
West Island College
Delta West Academy
River Valley School
Edge School
Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
North Point School For Boys
Montessori School of Calgary
Calgary French & International School
Progressive 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 unique options like language immersion programs, the International Baccalaureate, special needs schools, 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 in Calgary 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.