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Maritimes gifted schools

Find the top gifted schools and programs in the Maritimes provinces.




On this page we cover private schools in the Maritimes area that offer gifted programs and support. We also touch on public schools for gifted children.

For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a discussion of private vs. public options, start with our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Maritimes

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Maritimes

  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 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.


 
  • Rothesay Netherwood School
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • King's View 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

King's View Academy   

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
King's View Academy offers students the opportunity to study grades 7 through 12, including Advanced Placement courses, in a self-directed, self-paced, flexibly-scheduled and well-supported academic environment. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Student-paced$10,500 to $19,125


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

King's-Edgehill School (est. 1788)  

  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
King's-Edgehill School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$18,250 to $57,200


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

  School NameTypePaceCost

Rothesay Netherwood School (est. 1877)  

  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 14 to 16 students and an outstanding supportive community. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$20,110 to $54,090




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 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 starting point for finding 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 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.





Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in Marytimes 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 Maritimes private schools with gifted programming:


 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • $20,110 to $21,48028%6 - 12$15,500
    King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • $17,35033%6 - 12$15,000
    King's View Academy
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • $1,500 to $19,125
  • $1,500 to $19,1256%7 - 12$10,000




     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
     
     DSDCSECCISCLACLIAPIBSN
    Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • King's View Academy
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • $1,500 to $19,125




  •  
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • 1877$7,000,00085%27539
    King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • 178880%35050
    King's View Academy
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • $1,500 to $19,125
  • 95%6010




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • Liberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedSupportive14 to 16No supportHeavy integration
    King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
    King's View Academy
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • $1,500 to $19,125
  • Liberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedRigorousSpecial needs school





     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
     
     
    Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • King's View Academy
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • $1,500 to $19,125




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    6 - 1285%
    King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    6 - 1280%
    King's View Academy
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • $1,500 to $19,125
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    95%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • 80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
    King's View Academy
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • $1,500 to $19,125




  •  
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • 80%80%80%80%80%80%80%




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    King's View Academy
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • $1,500 to $19,125




  •  
     
    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
    Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • King's View Academy
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • $1,500 to $19,125




  •  
     
    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • $20,110 to $54,090
  • King's-Edgehill School
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 students)
  • $17,350 to $51,950
  • King's View Academy
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • $1,500 to $19,125




  • 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 alternative options like special needs programs, language immersion programs, the International Baccalaureate, advanced placement courses (for older students), and 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 location.

    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.












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