On this page, we cover private and independent schools in British Columbia (BC) that offer gifted schools, programs, and support. This includes schools in Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Burnaby, and Richmond. Find the right school for your gifted child (there is also gifted testing in BC).
For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a discussion of young gifted children and gifted tests, start with 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.
Canada Royal Arts High School (est. 2017)
We are an arts-based, hands-on, creative high school in Vancouver (grades 08 to 12) that has already established a record of excellence in getting students admitted to some of the best arts universities in North America. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$7,800 to $19,200|
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.
St. Michaels University School (est. 1906)
Independent Kindergarten to Grade 12 boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university and life preparation. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$20,090 to $82,770|
Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)
Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$29,780 to $77,850|
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada (est. 2017)
MLWS offers a unique university school model - a high school located on a university campus. We offer university pathway with “Dual acceptance” opportunity, and students share the state-of-the-art university facilities. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$22,950 to $38,750|
These schools offer support for gifted students within the regular classroom. Gifted students stay with regular learners, while receiving special, individualized programming.
Brookes Westshore (est. 2009)
Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 4 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$9,500 to $52,550|
The Westside School (est. 2004)
At The Westside Schools students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 gain a solid foundation for their future. Every student is known, cared about, and understood by Westside’s dedicated and passionate teachers. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$15,950 to $46,350|
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$14,180 to $65,490|
ArtsCalibre Academy (est. 2011)
ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We are offering Preschool through Grade 10 programs in 2020/2021, adding one grade per year through to Grade 12. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$1,600 to $6,250|
Alcuin College (est. 2012)
Our rigorous, personalized programme and strong teacher-student relationships enable us to cultivate each student's talents, helping them build on strengths and discover the joy of learning. [View profile]
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]
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is a centre of excellence in developmentally informed instruction that empowers children with learning disabilities in a passionate, progressive and inspiring learning environment. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$25,600 to $26,600|
Mulgrave School (est. 1993)
Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver to all genders. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$17,000 to $25,000|
The Maria Montessori School (est. 1991)
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]
|Student-paced||$2,500 to $4,000|
Brockton School (est. 2004)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$20,400 to $23,800|
UWC Canada (est. 1974)
The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place. [View profile]
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.
Glarea Elevated Learning (est. 2020)
We understand the importance of developing a full, well rounded individual. Our Sport and Art Expert Streams are integrated with the Academic curriculum to amplify our students’ growth into capable and confident adults. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$16,500 to $18,000|
Meadowridge School (est. 1985)
Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$23,500 to $33,500|
Our gifted education guide has advice specific to finding gifted schools and programs. For more general advice (on how to evaluate school options), we recommend you check out 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 can be a great way to find the right school for your child. 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 can also help you find the right school. The Our Kids parent discussion forum allows you to discuss gifted education, gifted schools, and other related topics. Join our large community of parents, educational experts, and school officials, to discuss educational options for your child.
Open houses are another effective way to learn more about a school. For some general advice on open house visits, go here. If you have specific questions about gifted schools and programs, read our main gifted education guide.
The cost of gifted schools in BC tends to reflect private school tuition in general. Private schools usually range from $5,000 to $30,000 per year.
There are a number of affordable private and independent schools for gifted children. Inexpensive schools can often provide a great education by focusing on the classroom basics. You don't need to spend a fortune on an education for your gifted child: the key is getting them specialized support.
That said, more costly schools often provide a wider range of in-class and extracurricular resources. They also tend to be larger and more established. Yet, for most schools, 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 merit (whether it be academic, athletic, or something else). Read our guide to financial aid and scholarships. We also discuss preschool costs and funding in particular.
Often, the larger and more expensive private schools provide the most aid. Even some middle-class families receive aid from private schools. So be sure to ask a school about it—no matter your financial situation.
Below, you'll find the range of costs at British Columbia private schools with gifted programs:
|Tuition (day school)||Students receiving financial aid||Grade eligibility for financial aid||Avg. aid package size (annual)|
|$20,090 to $41,900||20%||K - 12||$11,685|
|$16,500 to $18,000|
|$9,500 to $16,400||10%||7 - 12||$5,000|
|$11,900 to $24,000|
|$25,150 to $26,200|
|$19,980 to $24,820||5%||Preschool - 12||$15,000|
|$19,100 to $22,200||JK - 12|
|$28,500||25%||8 - 12|
|$16,000 to $21,000||2%||10 - 12||$3|
|Founding date||Endowment||Admissions rate||Enrollment||Enrollment|
Average class size
Special needs support
|Progressive||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||No support||Medium integration|
|Progressive||Accelerated||Supportive||15||No support||Heavy integration|
|Progressive||International Baccalaureate||Accelerated||Rigorous||No support||Medium integration|
|Progressive||International Baccalaureate||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||12 to 18||No support||Light integration|
|Progressive||Student-paced||Rigorous||12 to 18||Withdrawal Assistance||Medium integration|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||10 to 20||No support||Medium integration|
|Progressive||Reggio Emilia||Standard-enriched||Supportive||10 to 20||No support||Light integration|
|Liberal Arts||8 to 12||Indirect Support|
|Traditional||Student-paced||Special needs school||Light integration|
|Traditional||Student-paced||Supportive||5 to 18||Special needs school|
|Progressive||International Baccalaureate||Accelerated||Rigorous||14 to 22||No support||Heavy integration|
|Montessori||Student-paced||Supportive||18 to 20||No support|
|Progressive||International Baccalaureate||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||Indirect Support|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||17||Withdrawal Assistance||Heavy integration|
|Progressive||International Baccalaureate||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||6 to 16||Indirect Support|
|Progressive||Accelerated||Supportive||5 to 15||Indirect Support||Medium integration|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Supportive||10 to 20||Indirect Support||Heavy integration|
|Admission deadline||SSAT required||Interview required||Acceptance rate||Next open house|
|K - 12|
|Day: rolling||K - 12||80%|
|Day: rolling||6 - 12||JK - 12|
|6 - 12||95%|
|K - 12||75%|
|Preschool - 12||65%|
|Day: rolling||JK - 8||100%|
|K - 12|
|Day: rolling||6 - 11||6 - 11||18%|
|Day: rolling||Preschool - K||85%|
|8 - 12||60%|
|Boarding: Nov 15, 2017||12||25%|
|10 - 12||75%|
|Math||Science||Literature||Humanities Social Sciences||Foreign Languages||Fine Arts|
|Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance|
|Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance|
|Discovery Math||Inquiry||Equal Balance||Equal Balance|
|Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Perennialism||Communicative||Creative|
|Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Creative|
|Equal Balance||Inquiry||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance|
|Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||We don't offer Foreign Languages||We don't offer Fine Arts|
|Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Communicative||Equal Balance|
|Equal Balance||We don't offer Foreign Languages||We don't offer Fine Arts|
|Traditional Math||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Communicative|
|Equal Balance||Inquiry||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Communicative||Creative|
|Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance|
Track and Field
There's no question about it: gifted children have different needs than most students. Gifted learners often have such advanced abilities that they stand out in the classroom. This means a standard approach won't work. When these students don't receive the specialized programming they need, they won't feel challenged.
This often leads to boredom. It can also sometimes lead to behavioural and social issues.
If you have a gifted child, you'll be faced with several questions:
You can also consider alternative options. For instance, some gifted children enter language immersion programs, International Baccalaureate programs, special needs schools, advanced placement courses (if they're older), or Montessori schools (if they're younger).
To learn about these options and more, in far more detail, read our introductory guide to gifted education. After doing so, you can come back to this page to explore your specific school options in BC.
Private schools are not required by law to provide support for gifted children—and many don't. On the other hand, some private schools offer highly tailored programs for gifted learners. In the end, though, it's up to you to ensure a school is the right fit for your gifted child. The list of private schools on this page (above) is a good place to start your search.