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Gifted schools in Vancouver

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Vancouver.




On this page, we cover private schools in Vancouver (and the VMA), BC 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 testing and assessment, start with our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Vancouver

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Vancouver

  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.


 
  • Avante School
  • Madrona School Society
  • Fraser Academy
  • York House School
  • Brockton School
  • The Maria Montessori School Ltd.
  • British Columbia Christian Academy
  • Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
  • Mulgrave School
  • Kenneth Gordon Maplewood 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

Madrona School Society (est. 1993)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Madrona School Society is a gifted school in Vancouver. It offers programs for kindergarten to grade nine with an average class size of six to 14 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$18,000 to $21,000

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

Avante School (est. 2009)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Student-paced$6,500 to $13,500

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced

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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Fraser Academy (est. 1982)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
Fraser Academy is a leader in the empowerment and education of Grade 1-12 students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Based in Vancouver, we are a fully accredited, independent day school. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched

York House School (est. 1932)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (656 students)
York House School provides an exceptional education for girls from JK to Gr. 12. We instill in each girl the belief and confidence that girls can do anything! [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Reggio Emilia
Standard-enriched$20,600 to $21,400

Brockton School (est. 2004)

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Brockton is a co-ed, JK to Grade 12, IB Continuum World School located in beautiful North Vancouver. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched

The Maria Montessori School Ltd. (est. 1991)

  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
Authentic Montessori Preschool. Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. We balance academics, exploration and skills guided by your child's natural interests. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$3,500 to $3,900

British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)

  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (325 students)
BC Christian Academy offers Christian education from Preschool to Grade 12. Our dedication to academic excellence, strong Christian and moral values and a community built on compassion equip our students for the future. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$3,800 to $14,750

Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver (est. 1997)

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (182 students)
Cousteau school is a unique French language school in BC, #1 in the last Fraser Institute ranking. We provide academic excellence from Preschool to Grade 9. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$10,700 to $13,700

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

Mulgrave School (est. 1993)

  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$17,195 to $21,370




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 Vancouver private school expo allows you to speak with 10+ of the leading Vancouver 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
Mulgrave SchoolNovember 23, 2017 6:30 pmMulgrave School
2330 Cypress Bowl Lane West Vancouver British Columbia V7S 3H9
Mulgrave SchoolNovember 24, 2017 9:30 amMulgrave School
2330 Cypress Bowl Lane West Vancouver British Columbia V7S 3H9
British Columbia Christian AcademyDecember 04, 2017 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverDecember 05, 2017 10:00 amCousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
3657 Fromme Road North Vancouver British Columbia V7K 2E6
British Columbia Christian AcademyDecember 14, 2017 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyJanuary 04, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverJanuary 09, 2018 10:00 amCousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
3657 Fromme Road North Vancouver British Columbia V7K 2E6
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverFebruary 06, 2018 10:00 amCousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
3657 Fromme Road North Vancouver British Columbia V7K 2E6
Fraser AcademyFebruary 08, 2018 9:45 amFraser Academy
2294 West 10th Avenue Vancouver British Columbia V6K 2H8
British Columbia Christian AcademyFebruary 15, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyMarch 01, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyMarch 05, 2018 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverMarch 06, 2018 10:00 amCousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
3657 Fromme Road North Vancouver British Columbia V7K 2E6
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverApril 03, 2018 10:00 amCousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
3657 Fromme Road North Vancouver British Columbia V7K 2E6
British Columbia Christian AcademyApril 05, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyApril 17, 2018 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverMay 01, 2018 10:00 amCousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
3657 Fromme Road North Vancouver British Columbia V7K 2E6
Fraser AcademyMay 02, 2018 9:45 amFraser Academy
2294 West 10th Avenue Vancouver British Columbia V6K 2H8
British Columbia Christian AcademyMay 03, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyMay 15, 2018 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyJune 05, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyJune 19, 2018 9:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyJuly 05, 2018 6:30 pmBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyAugust 02, 2018 10:00 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8
British Columbia Christian AcademyAugust 30, 2018 8:45 amBritish Columbia Christian Academy
1019 Fernwood Avenue Port Coquitlam British Columbia V3B 5A8




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

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Avante School$6,500 to $13,50050%3 - 12$4,500
Madrona School Society$18,000 to $21,000K - 9
British Columbia Christian Academy$3,800 to $14,75018%K - 12
Mulgrave School$17,195 to $21,3705%11 - 12$10,000





 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
Avante SchoolLiberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive4 to 8HighMedium integration
Madrona School SocietyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 14HighHeavy integration
Fraser AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive7 to 10Very HighMedium integration
York House SchoolLiberal ArtsReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 22High
Brockton SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 20High
The Maria Montessori School Ltd.MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive18 to 20Limited
British Columbia Christian AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportiveMild difficulties
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 24HighMedium integration
Mulgrave SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous13 to 21Mild difficulties
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 18Very High





 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
Avante SchoolDay: Jul 31, 20163 - 12100%
Madrona School SocietyDay: rollingK - 9100%
Fraser AcademyDay: rollingFeb 8, 2018
York House SchoolDay: Dec 1, 20178 - 121 - 1230%
Brockton School
The Maria Montessori School Ltd.Day: rollingPreschool - K85%
British Columbia Christian AcademyDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
Dec 4, 2017
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverK - 995%Dec 5, 2017
Mulgrave SchoolDay: rolling6 - 116 - 1120%Nov 23, 2017
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood SchoolDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969




 




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Avante SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Madrona School SocietyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Fraser AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
York House School
Brockton School
The Maria Montessori School Ltd.We don't offer Foreign LanguagesWe don't offer Fine Arts
British Columbia Christian AcademyEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverTraditional MathInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Mulgrave SchoolEqual Balance
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood 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
Avante School
Madrona School Society
Fraser Academy
York House School
Brockton School
British Columbia Christian Academy
Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
Mulgrave School
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School




 
 
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Cricket
Equestrian
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rowing
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track and Field
Volleyball
Wrestling
Avante School
Madrona School Society
Fraser Academy
York House School
Brockton School
British Columbia Christian Academy
Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
Mulgrave School
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School




Make no mistake: gifted children 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 programs, advanced placement courses (for older students), or 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 Vancouver 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.