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The benefits of gifted programs

The benefits of gifted and talented programs

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If your child is gifted in one or more subjects and is having trouble engaging in school, this is a great reason to seek out a gifted program. Luckily, there are schools offering gifted programming in Toronto, Ottawa, Richmond Hill, Oakville, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, and Burlington-HamiltonOntario. Gifted programs are also offered in Montreal, Quebec, Vancouver, BC, Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, and across Canada.


Ultimately, gifted programs are meant to address students’ true abilities and passions and properly engage them in school. This can relieve many students of boredom and make school a source of wonder and pleasure again. With students deeply engaged in school, they’re less likely to develop (or sustain) social and behavioural problems (such as troubled teen behaviour). They’re also more likely to realize their academic and intellectual potential.

Below, we discuss some of the main benefits of gifted and talented programs for advanced learners. To learn more about gifted education, read our comprehensive guide.

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How gifted programs succeed

This re-engagement is achieved in gifted schools and programs through a number of ways, including the following:

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Toronto, Ontario — As a Cambridge School, we teach a curriculum that sets the global standard for education designed to help students develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. View School Profile.


  • The first school in Canada to offer a dual Cambridge-Ontario curriculum
  • University pathways counselling and one-on-one support
  • All students starting in Grade One learn how to play the violin, viola, or cello
  • All students in JK to Grade Twelve learn a Shakespeare Play
  • One of the top university preparatory private schools in Toronto
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional
Tuition:
$19,395 to $27,050
Living:
Day/eSchool
Enrollment:
210
Avg. Class:
5 to 10
Fieldstone School 19395 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Prestige School offers programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 18 students. View School Profile.


  • Our curriculum exceeds Ontario guidelines as a result of our individualized, accelerated learning.
  • We are ministry inspected and a proud member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools.
  • 100% university placement rate
  • French instruction beginning in junior kindergarten.
  • Dedicated faculty that draw upon best practices
Grades:
PS to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional
Tuition:
$14,500 to $18,000
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
290
Avg. Class:
12 to 18
Prestige School - Toronto Campus 14500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
 
 

Maple, Ontario — Balanced Academics, Arts, Athletics & Student Wellness. We value best practices & evidence-based approaches. University preparatory & 21st Century Tech-Rich & Future Proof school. Enriched and rigorous curriculum. View School Profile.


  • International Baccalaureate PYP/MYP
  • Co-Educational & Non-Denominational
  • STE[A]M
  • Gifted High performance school
  • Before & After school care
Grades:
PS to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$16,700 to $20,700
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
200
Avg. Class:
16 to 18
Delano Academy & Delano High 16700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
 
 

Langley, British Columbia — Whytecliff is a safe, empathetic & supportive place for teens with a diverse range of learning needs / personal challenges. Our positive community & high-growth environment pulls each child up to be their very best! View School Profile.


  • Safe, empathetic, supportive community for students with a diverse range of learning needs
  • Low student-to-educator ratio of less than 5:1 lets us really get to know you
  • Each child gets a personalized program tailored to their unique gifts, strengths, and talents
  • Dual-accredited as both an independent school and a Positive Youth Development program
  • Kids love it here! On average, student attendance doubles (vs. previous learning environment)
Grades:
8 to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive
Tuition:
$8,900 to $19,500
Living:
Homestay/Day
Enrollment:
47
Avg. Class:
3 to 6
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 8900 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Mississauga Road/Eglinton Avenue
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,000 to $15,250

Kendellhurst offers students an enriched curriculum with a blend of project-based, traditional and arts-infused curriculum within a seamless technology program. We include school-issued chrome books for grades 5 to 8.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Kendellhurst Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/King Road
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $18,500

Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. is a private school for intellectually gifted students in Richmond Hill, Ontario, from grades 1 through 12.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. 18500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Crowchild Trail/Flanders Ave
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $12,800 to $14,800

Choose to Succeed, at Banbury Crossroads School. We offer a truly unique learning experience, with self-directed, collaborative, tutorial-style classrooms that average 8:1 students per teacher.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Banbury Crossroads School 12800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $12,600 to $31,065

Oakville's SMLS continues to be a premier independent school for girls Preschool to Grade 12 since 1891. "Millie" graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School 12600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road/Southdown
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $8,500 to $18,500

Peel Montessori School and our Carrington College division students are encouraged to be engaged, inquisitive learners who think for themselves, display character strength, and learn to succeed on their own merits.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Peel Montessori School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Iris St/Woodroffe Ave
  • JK to 8 Girls
  • $16,600

In our all-girls environment, academic achievement in both official languages is the norm. A Joan of Arc Academy bilingual education prepares the women leaders for the challenges of tomorrow. Come and see the difference.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Academie Jeanne d'Arc 16600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Girls
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Major MacKenzie Dr. W/Bathurst St.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $14,250 to $17,000

Prestige School offers individualized programs from pre-school to grade twelve in Richmond Hill with an average class size of ten students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Prestige School - Richmond Hill Campus 14250 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Highway 417/Greenbank
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,500 to $22,700

Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale), an IB World School, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from JK to Grade 12. Students thrive in a growth mindset environment and a culture of excellence.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie de la Capitale 18500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,500 to $21,500

We go beyond curriculum expectations to provide opportunities for students to earn admission into their choice of university using our AP accreditation, staff expertise and individual goal setting in small classes.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Toronto STEM School 13500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Eglinton Ave W/Ninth Line
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $12,870 to $16,150

Sherwood Heights School offers Enriched Academic Programmes from Kindergarten to Grade 12, in Mississauga. The Programmes are Enriched and Comprehensive, delivered with Extra Attention and Care.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Sherwood Heights School 12870 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Edmonton, Alberta
    Groat Road/107 Avenue
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,700 to $9,750

Progressive Academy's programs inspire students from preschool to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Wonderful faculty, wide range of experiential opportunities and high expectations ignite a desire to learn.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Progressive Academy 8700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Richmond Street/King Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed/Girls
  • $25,600 to $32,000

A Canadian Private Secondary Boarding school, located in the heart of London, Ontario. LIA is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
London International Academy 25600 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Coed Girls
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Edinburgh Dr/Scott Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $7,075 to $14,775

We provide students with opportunities to explore real-world concepts and issues, broadening their sense of responsibility, develop their critical thinking skills, and empower them to take action in a global community.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Wheatley School 7075 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Pickering, Ontario
    Kingston/Altona
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,400 to $17,000

École Montessori is Durham Region's premier French private school dedicated to transforming your child into a BILINGUAL critical thinker with our enriched curriculum that fosters the genius within each student.

  • Day
  • Montessori
École Montessori 8400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Bracebridge, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $6,400 to $28,000

Dewey’s educational goals follow the philosophies of John Dewey, preparing students through “student-centred learning" and "learning by doing", while emphasizing the cultivation of the "three New Liberal Arts".

  • Boarding/Day/eSchool
  • Traditional
Dewey Institute 6400 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day eSchool Coed
  • Unionville, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/16th Avenue
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • $9,050 to $15,750

UMS offers year-ahead advanced programs from pre-school to grade nine. We blend high standards for academic success with the social and emotional development of the individual child.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Unionville Montessori Private Schools 9050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Caledon, Ontario
    The Gore Road/Old Church
  • 2 to 12 Coed
  • $19,000 to $33,000

The King's College experience develops in students responsibility, accountability, and ownership of their own learning and a passion for making a difference. Students can attend in person or synchronously online.

  • Day/Homestay/eSchool
  • Traditional
King's College School for Bright and Gifted Children 19000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay eSchool Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Avenue Road/Lawrence Avenue
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,175

Through our dynamic individual education plans, mentorship, and therapeutic counselling we ensure all students feel comfortable, respected and cared for, so they stay actively engaged in their educational journey.

  • Day
  • Progressive
AVRO Academy 17175 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bloor St. W/Spadina Ave.
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $31,000

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) offers a transformative education to high-achieving students in Grades 7 to 12 from all backgrounds. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially responsible global citizens.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
University of Toronto Schools 31000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Riverside Dr./Bank St
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $15,000 to $17,000

Astolot Educational Centre is a day school with grades 1 to 12 in Ottawa, Ontario. Classroom teacher-student ratios are 1 to 10. Students have the ability to reach their full potential with Astolot programming.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Astolot Educational Centre 15000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Rigaud, Quebec
    Rue Saint-Pierre/Rue Bourget
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $4,700 to $35,000

Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school situated between Montreal & Ottawa. The school offers Quebec's french program from Grade 7 till Grade 11 and english program from Grade 10 till Grade 12.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
College Bourget 4700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Shuter Street/Bond Street
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • $7,650

St. Michael’s Choir School was founded in 1937 and provides sacred music for services at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica. Located in downtown Toronto, SMCS is an all boys school from grades 3 through 12.

  • Day
  • Traditional
St. Michael's Choir School 7650 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $10,350 to $19,675

Our Academy (in-person) and Studio (online) personalized programs are designed for students with a diagnosed learning disability to achieve their potential through outstanding support within and outside the classroom.

  • eSchool/Day
  • Traditional
Rundle Academy & Rundle Studio 10350 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Sheppard
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,000 to $20,000

Little Owl Private School creates motivated, confident, and happy problem-solving individuals. We invite your child to become a Little Owl student.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Little Owl Private School 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $11,000

Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK and Grades 1 to 8. We are located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Guiding Light Academy 11000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    Wellington/Yonge
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $20,000

Flexible, techy environment. Freedom of choice. ALL ABILITIES welcome and no ideals taught outside the scope of academia. We are a COMMUNITY of incredible future leaders with innate creative genius!

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Waldorf
Agora Prep 18000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    St. John Sideroad/Yonge St.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $14,800 to $21,600

Aurora Montessori offers an enriched Montessori program for students, Toddler to Grade 8, with an option of an OSSD credit in Grade 9 Math. A unique Mindfulness and Technology program develops key 21st-century skills!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Aurora Montessori School 14800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road East/Bel Air Drive
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,900 to $23,900

Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Dearcroft Montessori School 9900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Whitchurch-stouffville, Ontario
    Ninth Line/Main Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,620 to $16,350

Toronto French Montessori offers French and English programs from pre-school to grade 8 in York Region. Its average class size is 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Toronto French Montessori 7620 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Kirkwood/Laperriere
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $15,250

Revel Academy is a learner-driven micro-school that utilizes adaptive and mastery-based technology, Socratic discussions, hands-on projects, and real-world apprenticeships in an innovative, character-forging community.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Revel Academy 15250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $9,132 to $19,250

Oak Learners inspires meaningful learning every day for students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight. Passionate teachers nurture children’s natural curiosity about their world with hands-on experiences.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Oak Learners 9132 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge Street/St. Clair Ave E
  • 1 to 8 Coed
  • $24,500

Esprit Academy is a community and environment that cultivates independence and lifelong learning through individualized experiences that integrates and connects knowledge and skills.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Esprit Academy 24500 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mills Rd/York Mills Rd
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $12,248 to $13,848

Building on internationally acclaimed preschool reading success, SLI has grown into a hub for ground-breaking student achievement in literary, STEM, and artistic achievement across Pre-K - Gr 6 (offered on site/ online)

  • Day/eSchool
  • Traditional
Sidney Ledson Institute 12248 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day eSchool Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Church/Bloor
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $20,000 to $26,000

Founded in 1997, the Abelard School is a small independent school for grades 7 through 12, located in downtown Toronto. It offers small class sizes and an enriched, integrated curriculum to bright, motivated students.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
The Abelard School 20000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $75,710

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 Diploma Programme and Canadian curricula.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bishop's College School 30000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Avenue Road/St. Clair Ave.
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $16,300 to $16,900

De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from Grade 5 to 12, with an average class size of 20 students and tuition at $16,300 - $16,900.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
De La Salle College 16300 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

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