Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E
Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E
12 Bond Crescent
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 3K2
Contact name:
Barbara Rosenberg

Phone number:
(905) 773-0997×
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Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E

Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E

12 Bond Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 3K2

School Type:
Gifted,  Academic
Grades (Gender):
1 to 12 (Coed)
$12,000 per year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 300

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Contact Name:
Barbara Rosenberg

Phone Number:

School Address
12 Bond Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 3K2

About this school:

P.A.C.E. provides a differentiated curriculum built on greater depth and breadth of instruction. Our primary goal is to find and enhance the abilities of our students, while simultaneously addressing their social and emotional needs. P.A.C.E. is based on the premise that gifted children need high-powered learning experiences to challenge their minds and ensure intellectual growth and achievement. A fully balanced program including The Arts and Athletics complements this specialized academic program.

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Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E is a gifted, academic, day school in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The school offers programs for grades 1 to 12 with enrolment of 300 students. Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E has an average class size of 15 students and has a tuition of $12,000 per year. Founded in 1993, this private school does not require students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.

Principal's Message expand


Barbara Rosenberg, Director

Being heavily immersed in gifted education since the early 1980s and having two gifted sons of my own, I opened the doors of The Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. in 1993. The most rewarding part of my job is interacting with the students. They are fun loving, witty and demonstrate an intellectual curiosity that is any educator's dream. The energy level in the building is very high, the questioning by the students is incessant, and there are a lot of laughs. The skills for succeeding at P.A.C.E., whether in the role of teacher or student, are the same: a love of learning, high motivation, an excellent work ethic and a sense of humour. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by excellent teachers and a strong administrative staff: my Vice Principal, Janice Gruchy, and Alysa and Liana, my administrative assistants. Every September we look forward to yet another passionate and exciting year for all.

Tuition & Financial Aidexpand



Type Tuition
Day Students $12,000 CDN

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Maximum installments available 10

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P.A.C.E. Alumniexpand

 Armin (received over $400,00.00 in scholarships) (2012) 

I was a graduating member of the P.A.C.E. Class of 2012. In my first year at the University of Pennsylvania, I combined my interests in biology and business by pursuing a dual-degree program in life sciences and management at the Wharton School.  Before looking to the future and taking on further exciting and challenging ventures, it is important that I remember and appreciate the values P.A.C.E. has taught and instilled within me. When I first came to P.A.C.E. in Grade 6, I was a shy boy who stuttered when he spoke and feared giving presentations before his classmates. However, the supportive and caring community of P.A.C.E. helped me grow and attain the confidence and skills necessary to become a successful student. Being placed in P.A.C.E., in a challenging academic environment, while receiving encouragement from my teachers and peers, enabled me to work hard, set myself high goals, and strive for greatness. P.A.C.E. taught me to settle for nothing less. Aside from the amazing academic resources, I had ample opportunities in co-curricular activities, ranging from Student Government, to Theatre, to Model UN, to Flag Football, that helped me both grow personally and become an effective leader. This combination of fantastic academic, social, and extracurricular opportunities is what I most cherish about my experience at P.A.C.E..

I thank P.A.C.E. for providing me with everything I could have asked for, and more. I will always reflect on my memories of P.A.C.E. and be sure to give back to this wonderful community that helped me become who I am today.






Field Studiesexpand

FIELD STUDIES As part of our educational philosophy, we believe that different aspects of higher-level learning are fostered when students have an opportunity to work together outside the regular classroom environment. From our grades 1-7 day trips to our high school overnight field studies, P.A.C.E. students are given the opportunity to experience hands on learning in custom designed programs, to explore and discover Canada's vast and varied culture, to collaborate with community experts in solving challenging environmental, mathematical or scientific problems, and to gain greater awareness and insight into a variety of studies. Some of our exciting overnight excursions include: Our Outdoor Education Trips which serve to reinforce the life skills needed in wilderness survival. Students are encouraged to use their analytical skills, decision making abilities and mapping skills during Photo-orienteering, Native Studies, Cross Country Skiing and activities based on the protection and management of renewable natural resources. Our trip to Québec City where our students learn about New France through a detailed and multi-sensory journey; whether it be walking through the narrow streets au vieux Québec, or creating dream catchers students share in this city's joie de vivre! From cannons to graveyards to ocean spots and ships, students are faced with history brought to life. Space Camp is the ultimate challenge where the students experience a simulation of a real shuttle launch! The students must remain focused, pulling the knowledge gained from the week to the forefront of their minds in order to get to space and back again all in one piece! After rigorous SCUBA training and much anticipation our grade 10 students are given the opportunity to complete a marine biology study in Caribbean. With a very busy schedule of snorkeling, diving, classifying more than 300 aquatic organisms and finally braving the nefarious bell ringer test the students are free to delve into the cultural aspects of ruins, Shamans and festivals. A remarkable learning experience shared by P.A.C.E.'s senior students. Exposure to various universities is paramount for our senior students trying to decide at which university they will eventually land in pursuit of continued knowledge. A part from the well known Ontario universities, P.A.C.E. students travel to Connecticut and Massachusetts where they are given the opportunity to explore Yale, Harvard and MIT, renowned museums and acclaimed shopping and food districts. Team success depends on a combination of cooperation, communication as well as physical and mental strengths from all individuals. At P.A.C.E., each field study is carefully designed to build a cooperative group spirit, instill in the learner self confidence and mutual respect for peers, and provide experience for learning outside. Our students and teachers form lasting memories of P.A.C.E. field study experiences and always look forward to their next out-of-class adventure, recognizing that real learning experiences are an extension of the classroom. ...

P.A.C.E. Alumniexpand

Abigail  (2004) (received $22,500 in scholarships) I graduated from P.A.C.E in 2004 and delivered the valedictory address. In the spring of 2008, I completed my Bachelor of Journalism, Highest Honours, at Carleton University. I have worked as a producer and writer at both CTV Newsnet and CTV Ottawa and completed internships in newsrooms such as CBC's "The National." I recently returned to P.A.C.E's backyard in my new role as videographer at Rogers TV in York Region. I now work in front of the camera as a reporter, behind it as a camera operator and at my desk composing my scripts--but thanks to my time at P.A.C.E, I am very comfortable wearing many hats! I value the six years I spent there, for the lifelong friendships, the encouragement and opportunity to try new activities and the academic wisdom and strengths shared by staff and students. Some of those staff members are mentors of mine to this day. I carry with me amazing memories of our graduation trip to Peru, my time as Student Council President and competing in the first years of the X-L improv team and Sears Drama Festival. P.A.C.E allowed me to realize my academic potential and my love for performance and I am thrilled to now combine those strengths in the field of broadcast journalism.


P.A.C.E. Alumniexpand

Rhonda (2002) Throughout her years at P.A.C.E., Rhonda Zwingerman was groomed to become an autonomous learner and much of her success is predicated on this training. After 6 years at the Academy For Gifted Children, Rhonda graduated in 2002 with the ability to think critically, analyzing and evaluating sophisticated problems, both in the oral and written domain, with intellectual curiosity and accuracy. In 2008, she graduated from Medical School and is doing her residency in Edmonton! She is a proud alumnus who holds fond memories of field studies, classroom learning experiences and P.A.C.E. musical theatre productions for which she was the principal choreographer during her late high school years. Rhonda is a talented and highly motivated young woman who will undoubtedly accomplish great things.


P.A.C.E. Alumniexpand

Corey  (2004) Although I joined the school later than most, P.A.C.E. welcomed me with open arms. Being an international student at the time, I was impressed by the friendly disposition of the students, teachers, and staff, who all helped make the transition to a new country, culture, and education system as smooth as possible. Extracurricular activities were plentiful, and I especially enjoyed the outstanding drama program. I am currently studying Medicine at the University of Toronto, and there is no doubt in my mind that P.A.C.E. has provided me with excellent preparation for my post-secondary education.


P.A.C.E. Alumniexpand

Jonathan (1999) An extremely intelligent, versatile, talented young man who contributed selflessly to The Academy For Gifted Children P.A.C.E. until he graduated in1999 as Valedictorian. Jonathan's involvement in the Student Government, the School's Yearbook, as well as the athletic and theatre departments certainly solidified his mark on P.A.C.E. Elected 1st president of the Student Government (P.A.C.E. was in its third year of operation) in grade 10, he became the model for future student council presidents exemplifying strong leadership qualities, initiative, dedication and above all integrity. Jonathan introduced ski days, intramural sports, dances and spirit weeks to the P.A.C.E. community. Elected by his peers the following year he continued introducing new initiatives including fund raising events, Winter Olympics and the students favorite, the vending machines! Seeking a change, Jonathan ran for Athletic Convenor in grade 12, and was once again re-elected in his O.A.C. year. His goal was to further strengthen the athletic programmes and this he did indeed accomplish. Winning Athlete of the Year, for 4 consecutive years, Jonathan proudly represented P.A.C.E. as captain of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams. He exemplified the characteristics of a strong leader and valued team member. Jonathan's constant regard for others has afforded him the respect of all who know him. Today, Jonathan is completing his second degree as he is on the road to earning his C.A. designation.


P.A.C.E. Alumniexpand

Chris (2001) Ah PACE... it was the best of times, and it was the... actually, it really was just the best of times! The PACE experience was all about the freedom to experiment with new ideas and be supported in any and all endeavours in order to reach success. PACE was about exploring opportunities in real world settings and building a well rounded character. The "can do" attitude from the teachers and the student body allowed me to take educated risks and reap the rewards of success! Did opportunities such as scuba diving in Jamaica as an extension of biology, touring the halls of MIT and Yale in order to understand what it takes to make it to an Ivy League school, and performing Shakespearean plays helped build my academic and personal foundations for the rest of my life? I would have to definitely say, "yes!" after reflecting on the facts that I went on to study the behaviours of Great White Sharks in South Africa, analyze human remains and archaeological sites in Portugal, and direct a play entitled "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)." From being Year book editor to the President of the student council, I felt assured that the teachers would help me repeat my successes and reflect on my failures. And it was because of the caring nature of all the teachers, even those who did not instruct me, that I find myself to be in the successful career as a grade 5 teacher with the Toronto District School Board. In closing, anyone can achieve academic and personal success through perseverance, integrity, and self-reflection. However, you need to have opportunities to learn and practice these traits. I feel that PACE delivered these opportunities.


P.A.C.E. Alumniexpand

Matthew (2002) My time at PACE began in 1991 and lasted until I graduated in 2002. Since then, I have earned my J.D. from Osgood Hall Law School, written my Bar Admission Exams, and presently articling. When I reflect not only on my high school success, but also on my accomplishments throughout university and law school, I realize how invaluable my time at PACE truly was. PACE offered such a diverse and enriched curriculum that encouraged me to pursue a very broad post-secondary education, and this is something that I not only take pride in, but I also hope that other P.A.C.E. students are able to extract similar benefits. Although the superior qualities of the P.A.C.E. ideology were not apparent to me as a child, my constant success indicates time and time again that spending my childhood and adolescent years in an atmosphere where intelligence and creativity is fostered, as opposed to inhibited, has proven to be as fortunate an experience as one could dream of.


P.A.C.E. Alumniexpand

Jeffrey (2007) (received $55,000 in scholarships) I am a 3rd year University of Waterloo student in actuarial science. Twelve years at P.A.C.E. was fantastic preparation for university. Academically, P.A.C.E.'s rigorous curriculum and high standards made the transition from high-school to university seamless (I currently have a 98.2% cumulative GPA). I also first became interested in actuarial science thanks to a P.A.C.E. math teacher; I am currently in the middle of my second co-op term as an actuarial analyst with Manulife Financial. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at P.A.C.E. thanks to the large variety of extracurricular activities in which I was able to get involved. I had a lot of fun and obtained great practical experience through my roles as president of the P.A.C.E. Student Council, captain of the Reach for the Top Team, principal trumpeter in the band, and a member of five high-school sports teams. As high-school wrapped up, I was thrilled to see my hard work and extracurricular involvement lead to eight scholarships worth $44,400! Overall, P.A.C.E. was the ideal launching point for my future studies and career.


P.A.C.E. Alumniexpand

Brandon  (2004) After graduating from PACE in 2004, I pursued a degree in genetics at the University of Western Ontario. In 2007 I received an early acceptance to the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine and am expecting to graduate as an MD in 2011. As an undergraduate, I pursued international studies in Central America as well as in Europe. I also worked as a researcher, exploring the genetics of food-related behaviour and I am currently investigating issues surrounding eating disorders. As a PACE student, I was presented with generous opportunities to gain experiences relevant to my career path and personal development. I gained a strong background in the basic sciences which provided me with an excellent base for my undergraduate studies. My first exposure to the international aspect of science came at PACE where I was fortunate to have been able to travel to Jamaica to study coral reef ecology. My current resume also houses many references to key developmental experiences and accomplishments that occurred during my time at PACE. These include contributing to a theatre program where I was able to act, direct, write and improvise and participating in PACE athletics where I had the opportunity, not only to compete, but to coach. I continue to think about the invaluable support provided by my teachers and Mrs. Rosenberg, the school’s director, when applying to university, as well as their continued guidance even after graduation. Looking back, I appreciate the education I received at PACE and realize that those years contributed to my overall academic successes and character development.


Graduates: Our Life Long Learners!expand

The sky is the limit for P.A.C.E. graduates! Our graduates are destined for greatness! Wherever their interests and academic passions lie, the universities greet them with open arms. Not only do all of our graduates attend university, but they have developed the skills and work ethic to maintain their grades while studying in Canada's top universities. Popular undergraduate programs include engineering, sciences, humanities and business at U of T, Waterloo, Queen's,  Western, Schulich.  P.A.C.E. graduates can also be found studying at M.I.T, Harvard, the Wharton School of Business at Penn, Stanford, and Cornell. And being life long learners, our graduates don't just stop there! Following their undergrad studies the most favoured fields entered by our alumni are: medicine, law, engineering, accounting, business and PhD programs in Physics and Philosophy. Due to our graduates all round strengths in academia, leadership and humanitarianism, they have demonstrated qualities worthy of recognition by so many universities. Recent Scholarships Include: TD Scholarship, 2 Schulich Scholars, 10 Chancellor Scholars, 10 President Scholars, 8 Alumni Scholars, 21 Principal Scholarships, and Entrance Scholarships for all.


To Be Giftedexpand

The primary goal of P.A.C.E. is to find and enhance the abilities of a gifted child in order to maximize his or her potential for success, while addressing the social and emotional needs of each student. P.A.C.E. is based on the premise that gifted children need high-powered learning experiences to challenge their minds and ensure intellectual growth and achievement. In addition to the basic skills, P.A.C.E. offers a differentiated education for grades 1-12, a curriculum that is built on greater depth and breadth of instruction and a more complex approach to learning. In addition to a fully balanced programme including the fine arts and physical education P.A.C.E. also provides its students with a wide variety of national competitions in all areas of study. The thrill of competition inspires our students to seek success and strive for excellence in all that they do. P.A.C.E. is ranked regionally, provincially and nationally in math, science, computer technology, Robotics, First Lego League, French, expository and poetic writing competitions as well as Improv and the Sears Drama Festival. The feeling of success is the catalyst to pursuing and achieving future successes; P.A.C.E. students enjoy ranking first! ...

P.A.C.E. Panthersexpand

At The Academy for Gifted Children – P.A.C.E., we believe that the athletic program is an important part of the total educational program and will enhance the physical, mental, emotional and social development of the students. As a member of the Small Schools Athletic Federation, P.A.C.E. is able to offer its students a wide variety of interscholastic athletic competitions at both the Elementary and High School levels. Teams are fielded in volleyball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, flag football, track and field, cross-country, indoor and outdoor soccer, ball hockey, badminton, softball, bowling and golf. The P.A.C.E. Panthers believe in the development of leadership skills and attitudes of good sportsmanship and school spirit. Feelings of success shared by P.A.C.E. students as they “race” towards a common goal on the field is a thrill that instills confidence and a continued desire to “strive for excellence” in pursuit of the next goal. ...

Fine Arts Programmesexpand

At P.A.C.E. we believe the study of the fine arts (theatre, music, and visual arts) provides students with a unique opportunity to explore not only the art in question but also themselves, others, their relationship with others, and humanity in general. By assuming roles, creating imaginary worlds and examining behaviour and the human condition through time, students gain knowledge of the world around them. As the theatrical process is a collaborative art form, students indirectly and directly explore communicating, listening, problem solving, creating, negotiating, risk taking, reflection as well as personal and cultural differences and similarities with others through a series of cooperative activities. At P.A.C.E. the students have the opportunity to become involved not only through classroom theatre endeavours but also through Musical Theatre, a One Act Play Festival, an annual Improv Competition, as well as student written and directed submissions at The Sears Drama Festival; P.A.C.E. students have been awarded technical, directorial and production awards at the regional level in each of these competitions. The neighbouring department to this is our flourishing Music programme. From the classroom, to our World’s Most Dangerous Band (the high school concert band), to P.A.C.E’s Jazz Ensemble, our students will regale you with their musical talent. Our music programme provides students with instructional training in three families of instruments: Percussion, Brass and Woodwind. Students are educated in rudimentary theory based on the standards of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition, discussions and analysis through different eras in the history of music and cultural backgrounds allow students to experience and a appreciate music on a personal level. P.A.C.E. students are also exposed to a Visual Arts programme that consists of three years of both studio and theoretical study. It begins with an introduction to art history via Impressionism; the students’ colourful paintings depict what is immediately seen and experienced by the senses. Next, the students study art as expression: of feelings, dreams and fears. Finally Canadian art is celebrated – landscapes and Group of 7 (Margaret Atwood’s “determining geography”). Following this the students are taught about the achievements of the Renaissance and the Baroque. Portraits, carvings and imitation are the artistic means and techniques explored. Finally in their last year the students examine Modern Art and its culmination in abstraction. Students complete a year-long study of abstraction in the medium of their choice. Gallery visits, artists’ biographies, and criticism are an integral part of each year. Students’ work can be seen proudly displayed throughout the P.A.C.E. halls and on the covers of our Yearbooks. P.A.C.E.’s fine arts programmes promote self-discipline, self-expression and teamwork; such characteristics that enhance and strengthen personal growth. ...

Curriculum & Programs expand

Curriculum & Programs

    Specialty Academics

  • AP courses
  • Career planning
  • Community service
  • Exchange programs
  • Gifted program
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Honors
  • Internships
  • Mentorship Program
  • University counseling

    School Support

  • After-school program
  • Before-school program
  • Transportation
  • Tutoring


  • Acting
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Choreography
  • Directing
  • History of Theatre
  • Lighting design
  • Music history
  • Music Theatre/Opera
  • Music theory
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Production
  • Sculpture
  • Set design
  • Theatre design

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Canadian history
  • Classical history
  • Classics
  • Creative writing
  • Debate
  • Independent study
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Medival history
  • Philosophy
  • Public speaking


  • English
  • French

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computers

  • Algebra
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer programming
  • Computer science
  • Ecology
  • Finite
  • Geology
  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Robotics
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Web design
  • Zoology

    Academic / Social Clubs

  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Math Club
  • Robotics club
  • School newspaper
  • Science Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook


  • Band
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Musical theatre/Opera


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Golf
  • Martial Arts
  • Outdoor Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • Running
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

    Moral Development

  • Character education
  • Leadership
  • Self-esteem development
  • Social justice
  • Whole Child

    Admissions & Finances

  • Entrance exams
  • Interview required

    Religious Affiliation

  • Non-denominational

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