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Gifted schools in Montreal

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Montreal.




On this page, we cover private schools in Montreal, Quebec 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 gifted tests and assessments, start with our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Montreal

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Montreal

  4. Compare gifted schools

  5. A primer on gifted education
  6. Further resources


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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.


 
  • The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
  • College Prep International
  • Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
  • Villa Maria
  • Trafalgar School For Girls
  • St. George's School of Montreal
  • École la Nouvelle Vague
  • Kells Academy
  • Bishop's College School
  • Kuper Academy
  • The Study
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Collège Rivier
  • Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's 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

Bishop's College School (est. 1836)

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is a member of RoundSquare and offers an ESL program and AP courses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$18,200 to $55,800

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

College Prep International (est. 1944)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 5 to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$350 to $12,500

École la Nouvelle Vague

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
The bilingual French and English curriculum of Ecole la Nouvelle Vague is based on the Ministry of Education accredited program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Student-paced

Kuper Academy (est. 1987)

  • Kirkland, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (950 students)
Kuper Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eleven in Kirkland. Its average class size is 22 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched

The Study (est. 1915)

  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (385 students)
The Study offers a bilingual mother tongue programme in both English and French from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. The average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$19,230 to $21,655

King's-Edgehill School (est. 1788)

  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • Boarding school (205 students)
King's-Edgehill School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$17,350 to $51,950

Collège Rivier (est. 1870)

  • Coaticook, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Rivier is a college that welcomes students from secondary 1 to 5 (boarding and day school). Parents and students choose Rivier because it provides quality and personalized education in a warm family environment. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$2,985 to $22,500

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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school
The pre-eminent All Girls English Catholic high school in Montreal, with 156 years of experience graduating young women of action with solid skills and tools for success. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$13,764 to $49,492

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 3 800 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$4,000 to $9,150

Villa Maria (est. 1854)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (1400 students)
Villa Maria offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Montreal. Its average class size is 28 to 32 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$4,175

Trafalgar School For Girls (est. 1887)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (140 students)
Based in the heart of downtown Montreal, Trafalgar School for Girls is a diverse school community that challenges and inspires girls to love learning, build confidence and shape a better world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$17,995 to $26,000

St. George's School of Montreal (est. 1930)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Coed)
  • Day school (460 students)
St. George's School of Montreal is a bi-lingual private school where students acquire a life-long love of learning as we challenge each student to excel and become confident problem solvers and engaged citizens. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$17,390 to $21,217

Kells Academy (est. 1978)

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (320 students)
  • Boarding school (40 students)
Kells Academy is a private school in Montreal which offers Kindergarten to grade 11. Its average class size is 15 students. We offer boarding facilities & separate Elementary,Middle and High School campuses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$16,000 to $34,000

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

Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)

  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 (Girls)
  • Day school (320 students)
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. Its average class size is 18 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Accelerated




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 Montreal private school expo allows you to speak with 20+ of the leading Montreal 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
Kuper AcademySeptember 27, 2017 9:00 amKuper Academy
2 Aesop Kirkland Quebec H9H 5G5
École la Nouvelle VagueSeptember 28, 2017 9:30 amÉcole la Nouvelle Vague
938 St-Maurice Street Montreal Quebec H3C 1L7
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's SchoolOctober 01, 2017 10:00 amMiss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School
525 Mount Pleasant Avenue Westmount Quebec H3Y 3H6
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealOctober 03, 2017 4:00 pmSacred Heart School of Montreal
3635 Atwater Avenue Montreal Quebec H3H 1Y4
The StudyOctober 11, 2017 8:30 amStudy
3233 The Boulevard Westmount Quebec H3Y 1S4
The StudyOctober 11, 2017 4:30 pmStudy
3233 The Boulevard Westmount Quebec H3Y 1S4




Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in Montreal 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 Montreal private schools with gifted programms:

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal$13,764 to $33,49225%7 - 11$5,500
College Prep International$350 to $12,5001%5 - 11$1,000
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie$4,0007 - 11
Trafalgar School For Girls$17,995 to $26,00020%7 - 11
St. George's School of Montreal$17,390 to $21,217
Bishop's College School$18,200 to $22,90040%7 - 12
The Study$19,230 to $21,65515%
King's-Edgehill School$17,35033%6 - 12$15,000
Collège Rivier$2,98510%8 - 12$1,500





 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
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 18HighMedium integration
College Prep InternationalTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 18HighLight integration
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous33HighHeavy integration
Villa MariaTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive30 to 34HighHeavy integration
Trafalgar School For GirlsLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 22Mild difficulties
St. George's School of MontrealProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 20High
École la Nouvelle VagueTraditionalMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveMild difficulties
Kells AcademyTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive12 to 18HighHeavy integration
Bishop's College SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15HighHeavy integration
Kuper AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous9 to 22ModerateMedium integration
The StudyProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 20High
King's-Edgehill SchoolTraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15HighMedium integration
Collège RivierTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive18 to 30HighMedium integration
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's SchoolProgressiveAcceleratedRigorous12 to 18Limited





 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
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: Mar 1, 2017
7 - 11Oct 3, 2017
College Prep InternationalDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
5 - 12100%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieDay: Sep 29, 2016
Boarding: Sep 29, 2016
50%
Villa Maria100%
Trafalgar School For GirlsDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 11
St. George's School of MontrealDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 11
École la Nouvelle VagueSep 28, 2017
Kells AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 1195%
Bishop's College SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 12100%
Kuper AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
K - 11100%Sep 27, 2017
The StudyDay: rollingK - 11Oct 11, 2017
King's-Edgehill SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
6 - 1280%
Collège RivierDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
8 - 12100%
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's SchoolDay: rolling100%Oct 1, 2017




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
College Prep International100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie50%
Villa Maria
Trafalgar School For Girls
St. George's School of Montreal74%79%
École la Nouvelle Vague
Kells Academy90%90%90%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Bishop's College School
Kuper Academy90%90%80%80%80%80%80%70%70%75%75%75%50%30%
The Study
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
Collège Rivier100%100%100%100%100%
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie90%
Kells Academy95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
Bishop's College School
King's-Edgehill School80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
Collège Rivier100%100%100%100%100%




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
The Sacred Heart School of MontrealTraditional MathTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
College Prep InternationalTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-MarieEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Villa MariaEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Trafalgar School For Girls
St. George's School of Montreal
École la Nouvelle Vague
Kells AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
Bishop's College SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Kuper AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
The Study
King's-Edgehill SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Collège RivierEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School




 
 
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
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
College Prep International
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
Villa Maria
Trafalgar School For Girls
St. George's School of Montreal
École la Nouvelle Vague
Kells Academy
Bishop's College School
Kuper Academy
The Study
King's-Edgehill School
Collège Rivier
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's 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 unique options, like language immersion programs, International Baccalaureate programs, advanced placement courses (for older students), special needs schools, 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 Montreal 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.