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Gifted Private Schools & Programs in United States

A survey of the gifted education landscape in United States. Find 6 schools for gifted kids below.




On this page, we cover private schools in the United States area 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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  • Chamberlain International School
  • Montverde Academy
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Hampshire Country School
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Buffalo Seminary


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

Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)  

  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Student-pacedUS $60,000

North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)  

  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
AcceleratedUS $24,200 to US $59,950


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

  School NameTypePaceCost

Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)  

  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
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]
  • Traditional
Student-pacedUS $58,227 to US $146,000

Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)  

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
There is a power within you. The power to soar above self-imposed limitations, to create something new, to become a leader. Come explore Randolph-Macon Academy, and discover The Power of Rise. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enrichedUS $14,350 to US $40,525

Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)  

  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
AcceleratedUS $21,900 to US $52,750


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 NameTypePaceCost

Montverde Academy (est. 1912)  

  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
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]
  • Traditional
AcceleratedUS $7,875 to US $51,350




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.


School nameDateLocation
Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • January 21, 2019 10:00 amRandolph-Macon Academy
    200 Academy Drive Front Royal Virginia 22630
    Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • February 18, 2019 10:00 amRandolph-Macon Academy
    200 Academy Drive Front Royal Virginia 22630



    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)
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • $7,875 to $16,38026%6 - 12$7,500
    Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750
  • $21,9009 - 12




     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
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • Hampshire Country School
  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
  • $58,500 to $58,500
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $24,200 to $59,950
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750




  •  
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • 1976$0100%120
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • 1912$045%121681
    Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • 1892$88594%31245
    Hampshire Country School
  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
  • $58,500 to $58,500
  • 194850%253
    North Broward Preparatory School
  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $24,200 to $59,950
  • 1957$10,000,00060%1621232
    Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750
  • 1851$12,000,00060%00




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Special needs school
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorousIndirect Support
    Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 17No supportMedium integration
    Hampshire Country School
  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
  • $58,500 to $58,500
  • Liberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive4Special needs schoolLight integration
    North Broward Preparatory School
  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $24,200 to $59,950
  • Liberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous18Special needs schoolHeavy integration
    Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750
  • Liberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous9 to 1No supportHeavy 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
     
     
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • Hampshire Country School
  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
  • $58,500 to $58,500
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $24,200 to $59,950
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    100%
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    3 - 12Preschool - 1245%
    Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    6 - 1294%Jan 21, 2019
    Hampshire Country School
  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
  • $58,500 to $58,500
  • Boarding: rolling3 - 750%
    North Broward Preparatory School
  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $24,200 to $59,950
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    6 - 126 - 1260%
    Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 129 - 1260%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • 97%97%97%94%92%92%78%
    North Broward Preparatory School
  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $24,200 to $59,950
  • 60%60%60%60%60%60%60%
    Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750
  • 60%60%60%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • 94%94%94%94%91%84%82%
    Hampshire Country School
  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
  • $58,500 to $58,500
  • 50%50%50%50%50%
    North Broward Preparatory School
  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $24,200 to $59,950
  • 60%60%60%60%60%60%60%
    Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750
  • 60%60%60%




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Traditional MathEqual Balance
    Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Hampshire Country School
  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
  • $58,500 to $58,500
  • Traditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    North Broward Preparatory School
  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $24,200 to $59,950
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual 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
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • Hampshire Country School
  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
  • $58,500 to $58,500
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $24,200 to $59,950
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750




  •  
     
    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $14,350 to $40,525
  • Hampshire Country School
  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
  • $58,500 to $58,500
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $24,200 to $59,950
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $21,900 to $52,750




  • 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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