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Alberta gifted schools

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Alberta.




On this page, we cover private schools in Alberta that offer gifted programs and support. This includes gifted schools and programs in EdmontonCalgary, Red Deer, and Banff

For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a discussion of gifted tests and assessments, read our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Alberta

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Alberta

  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 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.


 
  • River Valley School
  • Delta West Academy
  • Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • North Point School For Boys
  • Progressive Academy
  • Montessori School of Calgary
  • Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB)
  • Edge School
  • Third Academy
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Calgary French & International School
  • West Island College


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

Progressive Academy (est. 1983)  

  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
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]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$8,550 to $9,750


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

River Valley School (est. 1983)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
River Valley is an inclusive independent school in the heart of NW Calgary that provides exceptional education for 3-year-olds to grade 6 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$7,830 to $13,900

Banbury Crossroads School (est. 1979)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Since 1979, Banbury's student-paced approach with tutorial instruction is in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Meainingful relationships enhance learning. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning--CCSDL. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$9,000 to $13,000

Montessori School of Calgary   

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$8,280 to $13,500

Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders. Bursary programs available to qualified applicants. JK to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$8,925 to $10,750

Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
Calgary French & International School graduates will be active global citizens with a foundation for life-long success, and our school will be the leader in French immersion and international education. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$7,900 to $15,100
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These schools offer support for gifted students within the regular classroom. Gifted students stay with regular learners, while receiving special, individualized programming.

  School NameTypePaceCost

Delta West Academy (est. 1993)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students. Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and academic excellence for everyone. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$9,900 to $17,550

Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
Our school has two programs: Academy, for students with learning difficulties who have yet to consistently perform at grade level, and Collegiate, for students at or above grade level and looking for new challenges. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced$12,610 to $18,885

North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
North Point taps into the natural curiosity and energy of boys as a foundation for life-long learning. A strong academic program is just the beginning - we fuel motivation through real-life learning, digital platforms... [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$7,000 to $12,000

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) (est. 2000)  

  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (1 students)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-pacednot provided

Edge School (est. 1999)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$13,000 to $18,270

Third Academy (est. 1997)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (450 students)
Third Academy is Calgary's school for special needs and gifted education. The school teaches what students need, the way they need it and never loses sight of well-rounded learning. Click to learn more. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$10,000 to $15,000

West Island College (est. 1982)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (575 students)
West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$16,120 to $21,120




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

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.

Parent discussion forum

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.

Upcoming open house events

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.


School nameDateLocation
Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • January 10, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
    700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
    River Valley School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $7,830 to $13,900
  • January 23, 2019 6:30 pmRiver Valley School
    6305 33 AVE NW Calgary Alberta T3B 1K8
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • January 24, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
    700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • February 07, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
    700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • February 21, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
    700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • March 14, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
    700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • April 11, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
    700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • April 18, 2019 9:00 amCalgary French & International School
    700 - 77th Street SW Calgary Alberta T3H 5R1



    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 aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
    Delta West Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $9,900 to $17,550
  • $9,900 to $17,5505%3 - 12$10,000
    Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $9,000 to $13,000
  • $9,000 to $13,00010%K - 12$3,500
    Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
  • $12,610 to $18,885
  • $12,610 to $18,885
    North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $7,000 to $12,000
  • $12,00020%K - 9$6,000
    Edge School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
  • $13,000 to $18,270
  • $13,000 to $18,27020%4 - 12
    Third Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (450 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • $10,0001 - 12
    Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • $8,925 to $10,75020%JK - 12$3,000




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    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
     
     DSDCSECCISCLACLIAPIBSN
    River Valley School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $7,830 to $13,900
  • Delta West Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $9,900 to $17,550
  • Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $9,000 to $13,000
  • Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
  • $12,610 to $18,885
  • North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $7,000 to $12,000
  • Progressive Academy
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $8,550 to $16,800
  • Montessori School of Calgary
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • $8,280 to $13,500
  • Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB)
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (1 students)
  • Edge School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
  • $13,000 to $18,270
  • Third Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (450 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • West Island College
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (575 students)
  • $16,120 to $21,120




  •  
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    River Valley School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $7,830 to $13,900
  • 198390%30033
    Delta West Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $9,900 to $17,550
  • 199375%0
    Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $9,000 to $13,000
  • 1979100%906
    Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
  • $12,610 to $18,885
  • 198153549
    North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $7,000 to $12,000
  • 2014100%65
    Progressive Academy
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $8,550 to $16,800
  • 1983100%200
    Montessori School of Calgary
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • $8,280 to $13,500
  • 80
    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB)
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (1 students)
  • 200010
    Edge School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
  • $13,000 to $18,270
  • 1999310
    Third Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (450 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • 1997450
    Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • 201570%1107
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • 196975%78052
    West Island College
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (575 students)
  • $16,120 to $21,120
  • 198280%57596




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    River Valley School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $7,830 to $13,900
  • ProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 17Resource AssistanceMedium integration
    Delta West Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $9,900 to $17,550
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 12No supportMedium integration
    Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $9,000 to $13,000
  • ProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
    Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
  • $12,610 to $18,885
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive16 to 18Special needs schoolHeavy integration
    North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $7,000 to $12,000
  • ProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportiveNo supportHeavy integration
    Progressive Academy
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $8,550 to $16,800
  • ProgressiveStudent-pacedRigorous16 to 20Resource Assistance
    Montessori School of Calgary
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • $8,280 to $13,500
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect SupportLight integration
    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB)
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (1 students)
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSpecial needs schoolLight integration
    Edge School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
  • $13,000 to $18,270
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous14 to 16No supportMedium integration
    Third Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (450 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • ProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 20Special needs school
    Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • ProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive13 to 15Resource AssistanceMedium integration
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous16 to 20Indirect SupportMedium integration
    West Island College
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (575 students)
  • $16,120 to $21,120
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15 to 25No 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
     
     
    River Valley School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $7,830 to $13,900
  • Delta West Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $9,900 to $17,550
  • Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $9,000 to $13,000
  • Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
  • $12,610 to $18,885
  • North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $7,000 to $12,000
  • Progressive Academy
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $8,550 to $16,800
  • Montessori School of Calgary
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • $8,280 to $13,500
  • Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB)
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (1 students)
  • Edge School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
  • $13,000 to $18,270
  • Third Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (450 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • West Island College
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (575 students)
  • $16,120 to $21,120




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    River Valley School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $7,830 to $13,900
  • Day: rollingPreschool - 690%Jan 23, 2019
    Delta West Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $9,900 to $17,550
  • Day: rolling7 - 11JK - 1275%
    Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $9,000 to $13,000
  • Day: rollingPreschool - 12100%
    Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
  • $12,610 to $18,885
  • Day: rollingK - 12
    North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $7,000 to $12,000
  • Day: rollingK - 9100%
    Progressive Academy
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $8,550 to $16,800
  • Day: rollingPreschool - 12100%
    Montessori School of Calgary
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • $8,280 to $13,500
  • Day: rollingPreschool - 6
    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB)
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (1 students)
  • Day: Jan 1, 1970
    Boarding: Jan 1, 1970
    Homestay: Jan 1, 1970
    Edge School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
  • $13,000 to $18,270
  • Day: rolling4 - 12
    Third Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (450 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • 1 - 12
    Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • Day: rollingK - 1270%
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • Day: rollingPreschool - 1275%Jan 10, 2019
    West Island College
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (575 students)
  • $16,120 to $21,120
  • Day: Feb 28, 201680%




     
     
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    River Valley School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $7,830 to $13,900
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    Delta West Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $9,900 to $17,550
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    Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $9,000 to $13,000
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    Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
  • $12,610 to $18,885
  • North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $7,000 to $12,000
  • Progressive Academy
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $8,550 to $16,800
  • Montessori School of Calgary
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • $8,280 to $13,500
  • Edge School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
  • $13,000 to $18,270
  • 100%
    Third Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (450 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • 70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • 70%85%20%50%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
    West Island College
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (575 students)
  • $16,120 to $21,120
  • 80%80%80%80%80%80%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    River Valley School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $7,830 to $13,900
  • Discovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Delta West Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $9,900 to $17,550
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $9,000 to $13,000
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismCommunicativeEqual Balance
    Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
  • $12,610 to $18,885
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $7,000 to $12,000
  • Equal BalanceInquiryTraditionalEqual BalanceAudio-LingualCreative
    Progressive Academy
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $8,550 to $16,800
  • Montessori School of Calgary
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • $8,280 to $13,500
  • Discovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB)
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (1 students)
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesWe don't offer Fine Arts
    Edge School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
  • $13,000 to $18,270
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Third Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (450 students)
  • $10,000 to $10,000
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
    Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
    West Island College
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (575 students)
  • $16,120 to $21,120
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative




     
     
    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
    River Valley School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $7,830 to $13,900
  • Delta West Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $9,900 to $17,550
  • Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $9,000 to $13,000
  • Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
  • $12,610 to $18,885
  • North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $7,000 to $12,000
  • Progressive Academy
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $8,550 to $16,800
  • Montessori School of Calgary
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • $8,280 to $13,500
  • Edge School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
  • $13,000 to $18,270
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • West Island College
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (575 students)
  • $16,120 to $21,120




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    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    River Valley School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $7,830 to $13,900
  • Delta West Academy
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $9,900 to $17,550
  • Banbury Crossroads School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
  • $9,000 to $13,000
  • Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (535 students)
  • $12,610 to $18,885
  • North Point School For Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 (Boys)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $7,000 to $12,000
  • Progressive Academy
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $8,550 to $16,800
  • Montessori School of Calgary
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • $8,280 to $13,500
  • Edge School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
  • $13,000 to $18,270
  • Summit West Independent School
  • Foothills, Alberta
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $8,925 to $10,750
  • Calgary French & International School
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (780 students)
  • $7,900 to $15,100
  • West Island College
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (575 students)
  • $16,120 to $21,120




  • 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 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 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.












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