For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a discussion of gifted tests and assessments, read our introductory guide.
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Private schools are not obligated to support gifted children 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.
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.
Progressive Academy (est. 1983)
Progressive Academy's programs inspire students from preschool to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Wonderful faculty, wide range of experiential opportunities and high expectations ignite a desire to learn. View profile
$8,700 to $9,750
Rundle Academy & Rundle Studio (est. 1985)
Our Academy (in-person) and Studio (online) personalized programs are designed for students with a diagnosed learning disability to achieve their potential through outstanding support within and outside the classroom. View profile
$10,350 to $19,675
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.
River Valley School (est. 2003)
River Valley is a Pre-K to Gr. 6 school that harnesses the innate curiosity in children to ensure that every student will flourish academically and socially. View profile
$9,013 to $16,750
These schools offer support for gifted students within the regular classroom. Gifted students stay with regular learners, while receiving special, individualized programming.
Calgary Changemaker School (est. 2019)
-Passionate Learning: learning should be joyful and for life, not just for tests. -Skills for a Modern World: building the confidence to be leaders and Changemakers. -Holistic Wellbeing: creating conditions to thrive. View profile
$12,950 to $15,950
West Island College (Calgary) (est. 1982)
West Island College offers English and French Immersion with a focus on academics, leadership, athletics an global awareness. Students are encouraged to be curious, creative and innovative, so they can impact the world. View profile
$20,568 to $26,843
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) (est. 2000)
Red Deer Area, Alberta
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with mood disorders & anxiety disorders, behavioural challenges, substance misuses, ADHD, ADD and ODD View profile
North Point School (est. 2014)
In addition to academics, our focus on mentorship, hands-on learning in and outside the classroom, and character development, will allow our students to thrive academically and personally as they discover who they are. View profile
$8,000 to $15,500
Our gifted education guide has advice specific to finding gifted schools, programs, and support. For more general advice (on how to evaluate school options), we recommend you read our guide to choosing a school and our expert advice 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 are a great way to find a school. We have annual private school expos in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, and Halton-peel. These expos allow you to speak with many private schools, some of which have gifted programs—all in the same place. Find a gifted school near you.
Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school search. The Our Kids parent discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and related to gifted education and gifted schools. Take advantage of our community of parents, educational experts, and school officials to help answer your questions about lots of different topics.
Open houses are 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 that are specific to gifted schools and programs, check out our main gifted education guide.
Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in Alberta 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 children. 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 more costly schools tend to provide more in-class and extracurricular opportunities. They are also often larger and more established. For most schools, though, the largest expense is 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. You can also read about preschool costs and funding.
Typically, 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 for Alberta private schools with gifted programs:
|Tuition (day school)||Students receiving financial aid||Grade eligibility for financial aid||Avg. aid package size (annual)|
|$13,500 to $15,500||20%||K - 12||$6,000|
|$15,990 to $18,450|
|Founding date||Endowment||Admissions rate||Enrollment||Enrollment|
Average class size
Special needs support
|Progressive||Reggio Emilia||Student-paced||Supportive||10 to 14||Indirect Support||Light integration|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||20 to 22||No support||Medium integration|
|Traditional||Student-paced||Special needs school||Light integration|
|Progressive||Standard-enriched||Supportive||14 to 18||Resource Assistance||Medium integration|
|Progressive||Student-paced||Supportive||8 to 15||Resource Assistance||Heavy integration|
|Progressive||Student-paced||Rigorous||17 to 22||Resource Assistance||Heavy integration|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Supportive||6 to 12||Special needs school|
|Admission deadline||SSAT required||Interview required||Acceptance rate||Next open house|
|Day: rolling||JK - 8||50%|
|Day: rolling||8 - 11||7 - 11||90%|
|Day: Jan 1, 1970|
Boarding: Jan 1, 1970
Homestay: Jan 1, 1970
|Day: rolling||Preschool - 6||90%|
|Day: rolling||1 - 12||75%|
|Day: rolling||Preschool - 12||100%|
|Day: Nov 1, 2021||4 - 12|
|Math||Science||Literature||Humanities Social Sciences||Foreign Languages||Fine Arts|
|Traditional Math||Inquiry||Equal Balance||Pragmatism||Equal Balance||Creative|
|Traditional Math||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Communicative||Creative|
|Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||We don't offer Foreign Languages||We don't offer Fine Arts|
|Discovery Math||Inquiry||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance|
|Equal Balance||Inquiry||Traditional||Equal Balance||Audio-Lingual||Creative|
|Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance|
Track and Field
Make no mistake: gifted children have different needs than typical students. These learners are often so advanced that they are outliers in the classroom: a normal curriculum and approach won't do.
When these students don't receive the custom support they need, they can disengage from school. This can sometimes lead to social and behavioural problems.
If you know or suspect your child is gifted, you're faced with the following questions:
You can also consider alternative options, like language immersion programs, the International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement courses (for older students), special needs schools, or other alternatives like Montessori schools.
To help navigate all the options for your gifted child, start with our introductory guide to gifted education. Having done that, you can come back to this page to check out your school options in Alberta.
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 excellent programs and support for gifted students.
In the end, it's up to you to make sure school is properly set up for your gifted child. The list of private schools on this page (above) is a good place to start your search.