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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, BC that offer gifted programs and support. This includes gifted schools in North, West, and Downtown Vancouver, Yaletown, Gastown, Delta, Surrey, Richmond, Langley, Maple Ridge, and the Tri-Cities. It also includes schools in the greater Vancouver area, such as Surrey, Richmond, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, and White Rock.

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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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.


 
  • York House School
  • Fraser Academy
  • Madrona School Society
  • Southpointe Academy
  • Meadowridge School
  • Canada Star Secondary School
  • Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
  • Brockton School
  • The Maria Montessori School
  • Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • Mulgrave School
  • British Columbia Christian 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

Madrona School Society (est. 1993)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 9 (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
$20,000 to $23,000


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

Southpointe Academy (est. 2000)  

  • Delta, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (545 students)
Southpoint Academy offers enriched curriculum for grades K-12. We provide the IB PYP curriculum and is a candidate school for the IB MYP. College board AP course are available for grades 10-12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,965 to $29,560

Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)  

  • Burnaby, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [View profile]
  • Progressive


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



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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

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
$20,600 to $21,400

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


Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)  

  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
Canada Star Secondary's vision is to provide superior academic opportunities that allow our students to develop interests, pursue passions, and to follow the path to success and admission to top-ranked universities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,800

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
$10,700 to $13,700
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Brockton School (est. 2004)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School. Brockton hosts an Early Learning Years program, a Junior School, and a Senior School, with students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,400 to $23,700

The Maria Montessori School (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
$3,500 to $3,900

British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)  

  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K 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]
  • Traditional
$4,000 to $15,150


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

Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (604 students)
Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$21,300 to $31,300

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
$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. 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 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
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)
Brockton School$16,400 to $23,700
Mulgrave School$17,195 to $21,3705%11 - 12$10,000
British Columbia Christian Academy$4,000 to $15,15020%K - 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
York House SchoolLiberal ArtsReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 22Partial Integration
Fraser AcademyProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive7 to 10Special needs schoolMedium integration
Madrona School SocietyProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 14No supportHeavy integration
Southpointe AcademyProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 24No support
Meadowridge SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
Canada Star Secondary SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 15No supportLight integration
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 24Full-time Dedicated ClassMedium integration
Brockton SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousIndirect Support
The Maria Montessori SchoolMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive18 to 20No support
Whytecliff Agile Learning CentresProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive3 to 6Special needs school
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 18Special needs school
Mulgrave SchoolProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous14 to 22No support
British Columbia Christian AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive18 to 28No supportMedium 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
York House SchoolDay: Dec 1, 20178 - 121 - 1230%
Fraser AcademyDay: rolling
Madrona School SocietyDay: rollingK - 1070%
Southpointe Academy30%
Meadowridge SchoolDay: rolling6 - 12JK - 12
Canada Star Secondary SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
8 - 1274%
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverK - 995%
Brockton SchoolDay: rolling
The Maria Montessori SchoolDay: rollingPreschool - K85%
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood SchoolDay: Dec 31, 1969
Boarding: Dec 31, 1969
Homestay: Dec 31, 1969
Mulgrave SchoolDay: rolling6 - 116 - 1120%
British Columbia Christian AcademyDay: rolling
Homestay: rolling
K - 12100%Aug 2, 2018




 




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Canada Star Secondary School




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
York House School
Fraser AcademyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
Madrona School SocietyEqual BalanceInquiryEqual BalancePerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Southpointe Academy
Meadowridge SchoolDiscovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Canada Star Secondary SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Cousteau, The French International School of VancouverTraditional MathInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Brockton School
The Maria Montessori SchoolEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesWe don't offer Fine Arts
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
Mulgrave SchoolEqual Balance
British Columbia Christian AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceReceptive




 
 
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
York House School
Fraser Academy
Madrona School Society
Southpointe Academy
Meadowridge School
Canada Star Secondary School
Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver
Brockton School
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
Mulgrave School
British Columbia Christian Academy




 




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.