On this page, we cover private schools in Quebec that offer gifted programs and support, including schools in Montreal, Laval, Sherbrooke, Kirkland, and Longueuil. We also touch on public schools for gifted children.
For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a discussion of young gifted children and 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.
Bishop's College School (est. 1836)
Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$25,000 to $66,100|
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.
College Prep International (est. 1944)
College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$12,000 to $15,000|
Kuper Academy (est. 1987)
Kuper Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eleven in Kirkland. Its average class size is 22 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$5,121 to $15,603|
West Island College (Montreal) (est. 1974)
West Island College offers French and French Immersion programs from grades seven to 11 in Montreal. It is a leader in innovative teaching methods. Average class size 22 students. [View profile]
The Study (est. 1915)
The Study, founded in 1915, is one of Canada's premier all-girls' school. Dedicated teachers offer a warm and stimulating bilingual mother-tongue environment from kindergarten to grade 11. The World Needs Great Women. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$19,230 to $21,655|
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé (est. 1956)
SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$3,580 to $28,570|
Kells Academy (est. 1978)
Kells Academy is a private school in Montreal which offers Kindergarten to grade 12. Its average class size is 15 students. We offer boarding facilities & separate Elementary,Middle and High School campuses. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$17,300 to $35,800|
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$4,950 to $15,400|
These schools offer support for gifted students within the regular classroom. Gifted students stay with regular learners, while receiving special, individualized programming.
Académie Marie-Claire (est. 1995)
This academically re-known French & English bilingual serves students from Pre-Kg to High School. Class size averages 20 students; tuition ranges from $15,000 to $18,00 . Boarding is available. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$14,094 to $33,000|
Centennial Academy (est. 1998)
Centennial is the only high school in Quebec that helps students master their learning challenges and graduate on time. Over 90% of our students graduate in five years and go on to college and university. [View profile]
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. Grade 12 will be offered beginning in 2019-2020. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$16,850 to $55,271|
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School is a Tier 1 school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 11, located in Westmount, Quebec. For every girl who has a mind of her own, we have a school to nurture it. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$18,763 to $21,417|
St. George's School of Montreal (est. 1930)
St. George's School of Montreal is a bilingual private school where students acquire a life-long love of learning as we challenge each student to excel and become confident problem solvers and engaged citizens. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$18,568 to $22,889|
Lower Canada College (est. 1909)
Lower Canada College is a coed, K-12 university preparatory school, committed to excellence in teaching and learning. It is the only English school in Quebec offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$18,695 to $23,845|
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 school-choice. 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 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.
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.
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 Quebec 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 Quebec private schools with gifted programming:
|Tuition (day school)||Students receiving financial aid||Grade eligibility for financial aid||Avg. aid package size (annual)|
|$12,500 to $13,500||1%||5 - 11|
|$25,000||40%||7 - 12||$23,800|
|$20,140 to $22,675||15%||4 - 11||$5,200|
|$19,750||7 - 11||$7,000|
|$3,580 to $9,170||10%||7 - 11||$500|
|$16,795 to $35,694||25%||7 - 11||$5,900|
|$4,950||7 - 11|
|$18,764 to $21,417||16%||6 - 11|
|$17,390 to $21,217|
|$17,625 to $22,485||14%||7 - 12|
|Founding date||Endowment||Admissions rate||Enrollment||Enrollment|
Average class size
Special needs support
|Liberal Arts||International Baccalaureate||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||18 to 25||Full-time Dedicated Class||Light integration|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||12 to 18||Indirect Support||Light integration|
|Traditional||International Baccalaureate||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||12 to 15||Withdrawal Assistance||Heavy integration|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||9 to 22||No support||Medium integration|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||10 to 24||No support||Heavy integration|
|Progressive||Accelerated||Rigorous||12 to 20||Resource Assistance|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Supportive||Special needs school||Medium integration|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Supportive||20 to 30||Special needs school||Medium integration|
|Traditional||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||14 to 18||Resource Assistance||Medium integration|
|Traditional||Student-paced||Supportive||15 to 18||No support||Heavy integration|
|Liberal Arts||International Baccalaureate||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||33||Resource Assistance||Heavy integration|
|Progressive||Accelerated||Rigorous||12 to 18||No support|
|Progressive||Standard-enriched||Supportive||12 to 20||No support|
|Liberal Arts||International Baccalaureate||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||18 to 22||Withdrawal Assistance||Heavy integration|
|Admission deadline||SSAT required||Interview required||Acceptance rate||Next open house|
|1 - 11||90%|
|5 - 12||100%|
|7 - 12||100%|
|Day: rolling||K - 11||100%|
|Day: rolling||7 - 11|
|Day: rolling||K - 11||50%|
|Day: rolling||7 - 11||95%|
|Day: Aug 15, 2019|
Boarding: Aug 15, 2019
Homestay: Aug 15, 2019
|7 - 9||90%|
|7 - 11|
|K - 11||95%|
|Day: Oct 1, 2019|
Boarding: Oct 1, 2019
|Day: rolling||K - 11||49%|
|K - 11|
|5 - 12|
|Math||Science||Literature||Humanities Social Sciences||Foreign Languages||Fine Arts|
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|Traditional Math||Equal Balance||Traditional||Equal Balance||Communicative||Equal Balance|
|Equal Balance||Inquiry||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance|
|Traditional Math||Inquiry||Traditional||Pragmatism||Equal Balance||Creative|
|Traditional Math||Equal Balance||Traditional||Perennialism||Equal Balance||Creative|
|Traditional Math||Equal Balance||Traditional||Equal Balance||Communicative||Creative|
|Equal Balance||Inquiry||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Creative|
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Track and Field
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 unique options, like language immersion programs, International Baccalaureate programs, Advanced Placement courses (for older students), special needs programs, or other alternatives like 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 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.