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Gifted Private Schools & Programs in United States

A survey of the gifted education landscape in United States. Find 4 schools for gifted kids below.


On this page, we cover private schools in the United States that offer gifted programs and support. We also touch on public schools for gifted kids.

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 the United States

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in United States

  4. Compare gifted schools

  5. A primer on gifted education
  6. Further resources


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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 NamePaceCost

SPIRE Institute & Academy   (est. 2009)  

  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • Progressive
Geneva, Ohio(USA)

SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY is an international, high school and post graduate sports performance training and education academy, located within a world class event and wellness complex.  View profile


US $42,900 to US $59,900
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  • Standard-enriched
US $42,900 to US $59,900
View profile

Chamberlain International School   (est. 1976)  

  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Traditional
Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)

Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression.  View profile


US $100,000 to US $185,000
View profile
  • Student-paced
US $100,000 to US $185,000
View profile

AHA International School   (est. 2001)  

  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Liberal Arts
Greensboro, North Carolina

Award-winning college preparatory academics. Pre-professional life skills. Global citizenship reimagined. Beyond academics, AHA features 88,000 square foot athletic center and natatorium, plus a 22-acre lake.  View profile


US $24,000 to US $42,000
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  • Standard-enriched
US $24,000 to US $42,000
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.

  School NamePaceCost

Montverde Academy   (est. 1912)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Traditional
Montverde, Florida(USA)

Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is an elite college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies with a distinct student population from over 80 countries worldwide.  View profile


US $15,315 to US $52,925
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  • Accelerated
US $15,315 to US $52,925
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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. 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 ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. We have six annual school expos, where leading private and independent schools exhibit. 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 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 to ask that are specific to gifted programs, check out our main gifted education guide.





Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in United States 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.


 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • $42,90035%9 - 12$15,000
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • $24,00041%9 - 12$18,329
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • $7,875 to $16,38026%6 - 12$7,500




     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
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350




  •  
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • 200975%9023
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • 1976$0100%12017
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 200160%14035
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • 1912$045%121681




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • ProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive12 to 17Indirect SupportMedium integration
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Special needs schoolHeavy integration
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 12No supportHeavy integration
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorousNo support





     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
     
     
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Boarding: rolling9 - 1275%
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    6 - 12100%
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 1260%
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    3 - 1245%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 70%70%70%70%
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350




  •  
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • 75%75%75%75%
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 50%50%50%50%
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350




  •  
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Traditional MathEqual Balance




     
     
    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
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350




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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
    SPIRE Institute & Academy
  • Geneva, Ohio(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (90 students)
  • $42,900 to $59,900
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida(USA)
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350




  • Make no mistake: gifted kids 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 options, like language immersion programs, the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement courses (for older students), 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 United States area.

    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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