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Gifted schools in Victoria

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Victoria.


On this page we cover private and independent schools in Victoria, BC that offer gifted programs and support.  This may include gifted schools and programs in downtown Victoria, Victoria West, Oaklands, Fairfield, Rockland, Harris Green,  Jubilee, Fernwood, and North Park. 

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


Table of Contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Victoria

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Victoria

  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 NamePaceCost

St. Michaels University School   (est. 1906)  

  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • Progressive
Victoria, British Columbia

Independent Kindergarten to Grade 12 boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university and life preparation. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family.  View profile


$20,090 to $82,770
User reviews (3)

View profile
  • Standard-enriched
$20,090 to $82,770
User reviews (3)

View profile

Shawnigan Lake School   (est. 1916)  

  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • Traditional
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia

Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12.  View profile


$29,780 to $77,850
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  • Standard-enriched
$29,780 to $77,850
View profile

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

  School NamePaceCost

St. Margaret's School   (est. 1908)  

  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • Traditional
Victoria, British Columbia

St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity.  View profile


$15,980 to $65,125
User reviews (5)

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  • Standard-enriched
$15,980 to $65,125
User reviews (5)

View profile

Brookes Westshore   (est. 2009)  

  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Victoria, British Columbia

Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 4 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students.  View profile


$9,500 to $52,550
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  • Standard-enriched
$9,500 to $52,550
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UWC Canada   (est. 1974)  

  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Victoria, British Columbia

The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place.  View profile

  • Standard-enriched
Varies
User reviews (5)

View profile

ArtsCalibre Academy   (est. 2011)  

  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • Progressive, Reggio Emilia

Victoria, British Columbia

ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We are offering Preschool through Grade 10 programs in 2020/2021, adding one grade per year through to Grade 12.  View profile


$1,600 to $6,250
View profile
  • Standard-enriched
$1,600 to $6,250
View profile



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 advice from top education experts. 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 Victoria 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 Victoria private and independent schools with gifted programming:


 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • $15,980 to $29,240
    St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • $20,090 to $41,90020%K - 12$11,685
    Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • $9,500 to $16,40010%7 - 12$5,000
    Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • $28,50025%8 - 12
    UWC Canada
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $1 to $58,000
  • 75%12$25,000




     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
    St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • UWC Canada
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $1 to $58,000
  • ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • $4,750 to $5,850




  •  
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • 190865%384
    St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • 1906$11,200,000100777
    Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • 200995%30043
    Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • 1916$13,500,00060%510102
    UWC Canada
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $1 to $58,000
  • 1974$025%200200
    ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • $4,750 to $5,850
  • 2011100%18023




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 20No supportMedium integration
    St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • ProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorousNo supportMedium integration
    Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 18No supportLight integration
    Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous17Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
    UWC Canada
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $1 to $58,000
  • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStandard-enrichedRigorous6 to 16Indirect Support
    ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • $4,750 to $5,850
  • ProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 20No supportLight 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
     
     
    St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • UWC Canada
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $1 to $58,000
  • ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • $4,750 to $5,850




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    Preschool - 1265%
    St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    K - 12
    Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    6 - 1295%
    Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    8 - 1260%
    UWC Canada
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $1 to $58,000
  • Boarding: Nov 15, 20171225%
    ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • $4,750 to $5,850
  • Day: rollingJK - 8100%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • $4,750 to $5,850
  • 90%90%90%90%90%90%90%90%90%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • UWC Canada
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $1 to $58,000
  • 25%




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePerennialismCommunicativeCreative
    Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicative
    UWC Canada
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $1 to $58,000
  • ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • $4,750 to $5,850
  • Equal BalanceInquiryEqual 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
    St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • UWC Canada
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $1 to $58,000
  • ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • $4,750 to $5,850




  •  
     
    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    St. Margaret's School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (266 students)
  • Boarding school (118 students)
  • $12,830 to $65,125
  • St. Michaels University School
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (767 students)
  • Boarding school (240 students)
  • $20,090 to $71,770
  • Brookes Westshore
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • $9,500 to $52,550
  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • $28,500 to $71,300
  • UWC Canada
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (200 students)
  • $1 to $58,000
  • ArtsCalibre Academy
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Preschool to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • $4,750 to $5,850




  • 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 unique options, such as language immersion programs, special needs schools, 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 the Victoria 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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