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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. 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


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.

  • Edge School
  • The Third Academy
  • West Island College
  • Delta West Academy
  • River Valley School
  • North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary French & International School
  • Banbury Crossroads School
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Progressive Academy

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

The 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

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

Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
Calgary French & International School, a traditional, alternative private school, offers preschool to grade 12 with enrolment of 750 day students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$10,810 to $12,720

Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK 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
Student-paced$9,000 to $13,000

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

School NameTypePaceCost

Edge School (est. 1999)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$15,600 to $16,640

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
Standard-enriched$15,650 to $20,200

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
Standard-enriched$9,900 to $17,550

River Valley School (est. 1983)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (325 students)
RVS offers programs for the Early Learning & Elementary years in Progressive, Montessori & Arrowsmith environments. Specialists teach fine arts, physical education and French language. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Standard-enriched$7,400 to $13,100

North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (60 students)
North Point provides a program for boys that is a fundamental re-thinking of how a classroom operates. We design environments and experiences that are specifically geared to challenge and engage boys. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$7,000 to $12,000

Progressive Academy (est. 1983)

  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Progressive Academy offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Students are not restricted to their grade level, but encouraged to work ahead. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$8,100 to $16,400

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. 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
Buffalo SeminaryOctober 01, 2017 9:00 amBuffalo Seminary
205 Bidwell Parkway Buffalo New York 14222
Buffalo SeminaryOctober 26, 2017 6:00 pmBuffalo Seminary
205 Bidwell Parkway Buffalo New York 14222
West Island CollegeOctober 26, 2017 7:00 pmWest Island College
7410 Blackfoot Trail Southeast Calgary Alberta T2H 1M5

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)
Edge School20%5 - 12
The Third Academy$10,0001 - 12
Delta West Academy$9,900 to $17,5505%3 - 12$10,000
North Point School For Boys$12,00020%K - 9$6,000
Banbury Crossroads School$9,000 to $13,00010%K - 12$3,500
Buffalo Seminary$19,8409 - 12


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
Edge School1999100%
The Third Academy1997
West Island College198280%54090
Delta West Academy199375%
River Valley School198390%32336
North Point School For Boys2014100%
Calgary French & International School196975%
Banbury Crossroads School1979100%413
Buffalo Seminary1851$12,000,00060%21855
Progressive Academy1983100%

Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Edge SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 16Mild difficultiesMedium integration
The Third AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Very High
West Island CollegeTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 25LimitedMedium integration
Delta West AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 12Mild difficultiesMedium integration
River Valley SchoolProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 18HighMedium integration
North Point School For BoysProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficultiesHeavy integration
Calgary French & International SchoolProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20Mild difficulties
Banbury Crossroads SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Mild difficultiesMedium integration
Buffalo SeminaryLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous9 to 1ModerateHeavy integration
Progressive AcademyProgressiveStudent-pacedRigorous16 to 20Mild difficulties



Learning disorders:
 Auditory processing disorder
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical

 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
Edge SchoolDay: rolling100%
The Third Academy
West Island CollegeDay: Feb 28, 201680%Oct 26, 2017
Delta West AcademyDay: rolling7 - 11JK - 1275%
River Valley SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 690%
North Point School For BoysDay: rollingK - 9100%
Calgary French & International SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 1275%
Banbury Crossroads SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - 12100%
Buffalo SeminaryDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 129 - 1260%Oct 1, 2017
Progressive AcademyDay: rollingPreschool - 12100%

Edge School100%
The Third Academy
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%
North Point School For Boys
Calgary French & International School70%85%20%50%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
Banbury Crossroads School100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Buffalo Seminary60%60%60%
Progressive Academy

Buffalo Seminary60%60%60%

 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Edge SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Third Academy
West Island CollegeTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Delta West AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
River Valley SchoolDiscovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
North Point School For BoysEqual BalanceInquiryTraditionalEqual BalanceAudio-LingualCreative
Calgary French & International SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Banbury Crossroads SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismCommunicativeEqual Balance
Buffalo SeminaryTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Progressive Academy

Student council
School newspaper
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
Edge School
West Island College
Delta West Academy
River Valley School
North Point School For Boys
Calgary French & International School
Banbury Crossroads School
Buffalo Seminary
Progressive Academy

Ice Hockey
Track and Field
Edge School
West Island College
Delta West Academy
River Valley School
North Point School For Boys
Calgary French & International School
Banbury Crossroads School
Buffalo Seminary
Progressive Academy

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.