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Gifted schools in Vancouver

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Vancouver.


On this page, we cover private and independent schools in Vancouver, BC that offer gifted programs and support. This includes gifted schools in North, West, and Downtown Vancouver, Yaletown, Gastown, and the Tri-Cities. It also includes schools in Metro Vancouver, such as Surrey, Richmond, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, and White Rock.

For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a discussion of gifted testing and assessment, start with our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Vancouver

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Vancouver

  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.


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

Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)  

  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$2,700 to $4,500

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (206 students)
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$25,150 to $26,200


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

  School NameTypePaceCost

The Maria Montessori School (est. 1991)  

  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
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]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$2,500 to $4,000

The Westside School (est. 2004)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (380 students)
Westside's unique approach combines the best practices of Canadian and European education. Students are known, valued and understood as they prepare for admission to the top 50 universities and contributing lives beyond. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$13,950 to $42,800

Brockton School (est. 2004)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
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]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Standard-enriched$19,100 to $22,200

Mulgrave School (est. 1993)  

  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$19,980 to $24,820


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

Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (660 students)
Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$22,500 to $32,500




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 as well as great 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

Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. The Vancouver private school expo allows you to speak with 10+ of the leading Vancouver private schools — 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.


School nameDateLocation
Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • November 20, 2019 10:30 amBrockton School
    3467 Duval Road North Vancouver British Columbia V7J 3E8



    Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in Vancouver 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 and independent 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 Vancouver private schools with gifted programs:


     
    Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
    Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • $19,100 to $22,200JK - 12
    Mulgrave School
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $19,980 to $24,820
  • $19,980 to $24,8205%Preschool - 12$15,000




     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
    Meadowridge School
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (660 students)
  • $22,500 to $32,500
  • Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $4,500 to $4,500
  • The Maria Montessori School
  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $3,500 to $3,900
  • The Westside School
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (380 students)
  • $13,950 to $42,800
  • Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • Mulgrave School
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $19,980 to $24,820
  • Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (206 students)




  •  
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Meadowridge School
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (660 students)
  • $22,500 to $32,500
  • 1985660
    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $4,500 to $4,500
  • 199346
    The Maria Montessori School
  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $3,500 to $3,900
  • 199185%20
    The Westside School
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (380 students)
  • $13,950 to $42,800
  • 200475%42032
    Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • 2004285
    Mulgrave School
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $19,980 to $24,820
  • 1993$018%100071
    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (206 students)
  • 1973206




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Meadowridge School
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (660 students)
  • $22,500 to $32,500
  • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $4,500 to $4,500
  • ProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive3 to 6Special needs school
    The Maria Montessori School
  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $3,500 to $3,900
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportive18 to 20No support
    The Westside School
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (380 students)
  • $13,950 to $42,800
  • ProgressiveStudent-pacedRigorous12 to 18Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
    Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorousIndirect Support
    Mulgrave School
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $19,980 to $24,820
  • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous14 to 22No supportHeavy integration
    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (206 students)
  • ProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive5 to 18Special 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
     
     
    Meadowridge School
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (660 students)
  • $22,500 to $32,500
  • Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $4,500 to $4,500
  • The Maria Montessori School
  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $3,500 to $3,900
  • The Westside School
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (380 students)
  • $13,950 to $42,800
  • Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • Mulgrave School
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $19,980 to $24,820
  • Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (206 students)




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Meadowridge School
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (660 students)
  • $22,500 to $32,500
  • Day: rolling6 - 12JK - 12
    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $4,500 to $4,500
  • The Maria Montessori School
  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $3,500 to $3,900
  • Day: rollingPreschool - K85%
    The Westside School
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (380 students)
  • $13,950 to $42,800
  • Day: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    K - 1275%
    Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • Day: rollingNov 20, 2019
    Mulgrave School
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $19,980 to $24,820
  • Day: rolling6 - 116 - 1118%
    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (206 students)
  • Day: Jan 1, 1970
    Boarding: Jan 1, 1970
    Homestay: Jan 1, 1970




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Meadowridge School
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (660 students)
  • $22,500 to $32,500
  • Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $4,500 to $4,500
  • The Maria Montessori School
  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $3,500 to $3,900
  • 95%15%
    The Westside School
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (380 students)
  • $13,950 to $42,800
  • 75%
    Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • Mulgrave School
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $19,980 to $24,820
  • 23%9%11%25%20%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Meadowridge School
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (660 students)
  • $22,500 to $32,500
  • Discovery MathInquiryEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $4,500 to $4,500
  • The Maria Montessori School
  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Preschool to K (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • $3,500 to $3,900
  • Equal BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesWe don't offer Fine Arts
    The Westside School
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (380 students)
  • $13,950 to $42,800
  • Equal BalanceInquiryTraditionalPerennialismCommunicativeCreative
    Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • Mulgrave School
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $19,980 to $24,820
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeEqual Balance
    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (206 students)




  •  
     
    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
    Meadowridge School
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (660 students)
  • $22,500 to $32,500
  • Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $4,500 to $4,500
  • The Westside School
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (380 students)
  • $13,950 to $42,800
  • Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • Mulgrave School
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $19,980 to $24,820
  • Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (206 students)




  •  
     
    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    Meadowridge School
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (660 students)
  • $22,500 to $32,500
  • Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • $4,500 to $4,500
  • The Westside School
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (380 students)
  • $13,950 to $42,800
  • Brockton School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (285 students)
  • $19,100 to $22,200
  • Mulgrave School
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1000 students)
  • $19,980 to $24,820
  • Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (206 students)




  • 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, the International Baccalaureate, special needs programs, advanced placement courses (for older students), or 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 Vancouver 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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