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Toronto gifted schools

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Toronto.

On this page, we cover private schools in Toronto (and the GTA), Ontario  that offer gifted programs and support. This includes gifted schools in downtown Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Vaughan, Etobicoke, Markham, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, and Aurora. We also touch on the topic of public schools for gifted children.

For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a detailed discussion of gifted children and tests, start with our introductory guide .  

Table of contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Toronto
    • Dedicated gifted schools
    • Schools with dedicated gifted classes
    • Schools with in-class accommodations
    • Schools with accelerated curricula

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Toronto

  4. Compare gifted schools
    • Table: gifted programming
    • Table: institutional metrics
    • Table: academics
    • Table: special needs support
    • Table: admissions
    • Table: entry years (day)
    • Table: entry years (boarding)
    • Table: course pedagogies
    • Table: extracurricular clubs
    • Table: extracurricular sports

  5. A primer on gifted education
    • Public schools with gifted programs in the GTA

  6. Further resources


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Gifted schools


  • Introductory guide

  • Ontario gifted schools

  • Mississauga gifted schools
  • Oakville gifted schools
  • Burlington-Hamilton gifted schools
  • Brampton gifted schools
  • Richmond Hill gifted schools
  • Markham gifted schools
  • Ottawa gifted schools

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List of gifted schools in Toronto

Private schools are not obliged to support gifted children with special programs. And, many private schools don’t—even ones with strong academic reputations. The schools listed on this page, however, do. We organize the schools into main three groups: dedicated gifted schools, schools with dedicated gifted programs, 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.

 
  • Hawthorn School
  • The Giles School
  • Alive Montessori & Private School
  • Montcrest School
  • Hudson College
  • McDonald International Academy
  • The Dalton School
  • Blyth Academy Yorkville
  • TFS – Canada’s International School
  • Crescent School
  • WillowWood School
  • Westminster Classical Christian Academy
  • Westside Montessori School
  • La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science
  • Upper Canada College
  • Toronto Prep School
  • Shoore Academics
  • Junior Academy
  • Olivet School
  • Northmount School
  • The Dragon Academy
  • Ellington Montessori School
  • Royal St. George’s College
  • The Abelard School
  • The Dunblaine School
  • Kingsway College School
  • Toronto eSchool
  • St. Clement’s Early Learning School
  • Crestwood Preparatory College
  • Wychwood School
  • Forest Hill Tutoring
  • CGS (Children’s Garden School)
  • Maple Leaf Collegiate
  • Nile Academy
  • Beacon of Light
  • Prince Edward Montessori School
  • Bannockburn
  • Waldorf Academy
  • Signet Christian School
  • The Linden School
  • Avalon Children’s Montessori School
  • Robbins Hebrew Academy
  • Howlett Academy
  • City Academy
  • Odyssey Heights School for Girls
  • Prestige School – Toronto Campus
  • Cornerstone Montessori Prep School
  • Little Owl Preschool Elementary
  • University of Toronto Schools
  • Sidney Ledson Institute
  • Blyth Academy Lawrence Park
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • High Park Day School
  • Blyth Academy Downsview Park
  • Gradale Academy
  • Bayview Glen
  • Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus
  • Neuchâtel Junior College
  • TFS – Canada’s International School (West Campus)
  • Merit College

Dedicated gifted schools

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

The Abelard School (est. 1997)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
Founded in 1997, the Abelard School is a small independent school for grades 7 though 12, located in downtown Toronto. It offers small class sizes and an enriched, integrated curriculum to bright, motivated students. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
$20,000 to $22,000

Maple Leaf Collegiate (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (117 students)
Great Teachers & small classes, focused ESL accommodations, fast-track pathways to the best universities featuring UP & AP courses, allow MLC students to reach full potential & become life-long learners & high achievers. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$950 to $42,000

Robbins Hebrew Academy (est. 1957)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (370 students)
Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA) teaches students to think critically and globally, in a community that builds self-esteem and life-long character. RHA is Toronto’s first Jewish school to be CAIS accredited. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia

Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school
Odyssey Heights School: starts at 9:55am with dance, yoga, or outdoor fitness; 25-35 Overnight OE3 trips are included in tuition, there’s a “No Homework Ever!” policy; Equestrian curriculum, small group French, 1:1 iPads [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$26,450 to $28,375

Prestige School – Toronto Campus (est. 2003)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (210 students)
Prestige School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 18 students. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional

Merit College (est. 2008)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
For almost a decade, Merit College has been helping young and talented students from all over the world reach their full potential and get accepted into a suitable post-secondary program. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
$25,000

Schools with dedicated gifted classes

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

Westside Montessori School (est. 2008)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children. [ View profile ]
  • Montessori
$18,700 to $20,700
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Junior Academy (est. 1988)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
The Junior Academy offers programs for junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 14 students. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$20,000 to $24,500

Northmount School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Day school (115 students)
Northmount School offers an enriched curriculum in Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 15 students. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
$15,000 to $23,500

The Dragon Academy (est. 2001)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (75 students)
Dragon Academy is the right fit for gifted students, grades 6 to 12. Dragon’s small, discussion-based classes go beyond the classroom into our world-class city . An inclusive, exciting, can’t wait to get there school. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$20,500 to $26,500
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Kingsway College School (est. 1989)  

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
Kingsway College School offers programs for PK to grade 8 in Etobicoke. Its average class size is 17 to 21 students. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
$8,000 to $25,500

Toronto eSchool (est. 2013)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (3000 students)
Toronto eSchool is both an online high school and a tutoring centre offering grade 9 to 12 credit courses to local and international students on a part-time or full-time basis at your home or at our Toronto Campus. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$599

Crestwood Preparatory College (est. 2001)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (440 students)
Crestwood Preparatory College offers a university preparatory program for students in grades 7 to 12. Crestwood always strive to Inspire Excellence and to Nurture the Individual. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$26,200

Nile Academy (est. 2005)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Nile Academy offers small class sizes and low student to teacher ratio, while also following the Ontario Curriculum, ensuring our students are well prepared for the rest of their educational pursuits here in Canada. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
$8,000 to $28,500

Signet Christian School (est. 1975)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Signet Christian School offers academic programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in North York. Its classes give teachers easy access to each student, because at Signet, “small is beautiful”. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$7,000 to $12,000

The Linden School (est. 1993)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (115 students)
The Linden School provides a challenging academic program for girls from JK – Grade 12. We create opportunities to discover the joys of learning and foster the development of critical thinking and physical well-being. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
$15,400 to $20,950
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Avalon Children’s Montessori School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach. [ View profile ]
  • Montessori
$6,400 to $20,400

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (130 students)
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori

Little Owl Preschool Elementary (est. 2001)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
Little Owl Preschool, Elementary and Middle School develops motivated, confident, and happy problem-solving individuals. We invite your child to become a Little Owl student. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$15,850

Schools with in-class accommodations

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

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Hawthorn School (est. 1989)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
$13,300 to $19,050

Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don’t be surprised if he or she doesn’t want to go home at the end of the day! [ View profile ]
  • Montessori
$7,500 to $14,500

Montcrest School (est. 1961)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (310 students)
Montcrest School offers programs from JK to Grade 8. Its average class size is seven to 18 students. Montcrest offers an exceptional academic experience with balanced opportunities in leadership, the arts, and athletics. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive

Hudson College (est. 2003)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (340 students)
Hudson College is a non-denominational, co-ed school offering superior academic programs from JK to university entrance. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
$15,600
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The Dalton School (est. 2012)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
The Dalton School is a dual-language English/Mandarin school that is warm, stimulating, and multi-cultural. The school exposes children from JK to Grade Eight to new ways of thinking, learning, analyzing and perceiving. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$22,250
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Blyth Academy Yorkville   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
Blyth Academy Yorkville is a private high school for Grade 9-12 students, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, moments away from some of Toronto’s most exciting cultural and entertainment venues. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
$2,195

TFS – Canada’s International School (est. 1962)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1230 students)
TFS – Canada’s International School offers Canada’s only bilingual IB programs from PK to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$17,600 to $31,100

Crescent School (est. 1913)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (743 students)
Crescent School is a Toronto independent school for boys only, Grades 3 to 12. Tuition starts at $32,350. Crescent offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including sports, arts, outreach and robotics. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$33,250
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WillowWood School (est. 1980)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
We are a new style of independent school for diverse learners where all students learn with dignity; where a warm and nurturing school serves as a foundation for remarkable lives; and where the whole person who matters. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
$18,100 to $23,500

La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
La Citadelle’s Excellence in Bilingual Education and academically advanced curriculum develop successful global citizens through IB & AP programs and a holistic approach where students achieve their highest potential. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,750 to $20,750

Toronto Prep School (est. 2009)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (325 students)
Toronto Prep School starts later in order to maximize teen learning. The optimal time for teenagers to learn is late in the morning through to late afternoon. Our classes start at 10:00 am. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$25,250

Shoore Academics (est. 1975)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (60 students)
Shoore Centre for Learning is a special-needs private school that offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is six students. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$32,000

Olivet School (est. 1893)  

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Preschool to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school
Founded in 1893, Olivet School is a Christian private school in Etobicoke, offering PS-Gr5. Olivet School combines quality teaching with individual attention to help each child achieve their personal potential. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$620 to $10,455
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Ellington Montessori School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today’s rapidly changing world. [ View profile ]
  • Montessori
$7,900 to $14,000

Royal St. George’s College (est. 1964)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (426 students)
RSGC is an urban day school that combines academic excellence with a stimulating and supportive environment. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each boy to become the best version of himself. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
$30,540

The Dunblaine School (est. 1969)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
The Dunblaine School empowers students with learning disabilities to reach their full potential. It offers programs for students from grade one to eight, with an average class size of 5-7 students. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$20,900

St. Clement’s Early Learning School (est. 1955)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 2 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
St. Clement’s Early Learning School
70 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1H2

St. Clement’s Early Learning School provides a child with an opportunity for growth in all areas of his or her development. [ View profile ]

  • Progressive
$8,500 to $20,500
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Wychwood School (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school
Wychwood School offers an exciting and enriched Classical Education from grades 1 to 8. Small classes, individualized attention, and a teaching environment that fosters curiosity, creativity, and a love of learning. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$12,000

Forest Hill Tutoring   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
Forest Hill Tutoring offers a full suite of premium educational services. FHT specializes in private school entrance preparation and OSSD credit courses delivered through small-group or individual instruction. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$3,700 to $4,400

CGS (Children’s Garden School) (est. 1986)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
CGS (Children’s Garden School) offers co-ed, Preschool-Grade 3 programming. Small class sizes. Exceptional phonics program. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$9,250 to $20,750
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Beacon of Light (est. 2017)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (11 students)
Beacon of Light is a new private elementary school, Grades 1 – 8, in Toronto. We have individualized teaching methods, life-skills programs, and tutoring support for developing exceptional academic and social skills. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$9,000

Waldorf Academy (est. 1987)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (240 students)
Waldorf Academy offers programs from childcare to grade eight in downtown Toronto. Its average class size is 18 students. [ View profile ]
  • Waldorf
$4,160 to $19,150
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Howlett Academy (est. 2001)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (90 students)
Howlett Academy is a private, co-educational school for JK to Grade 8. Accountability, Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation, Creativity and Energy are our core values. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$13,000 to $17,000
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City Academy (est. 1999)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
City Academy offers courses which follow Ontario Curriculum Guidelines. Utilizing teachers who are subject specialists and following a flexible and unique timetabling format, we are committed to every student’s success. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$1,600

Sidney Ledson Institute (est. 1982)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school
The PK – Grade 6 program is a visible expression of the philosophy embodied in Ledson’s books, Raising Brighter Children and Teach Your Child to Read in Just 10 Minutes a Day. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
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Blyth Academy Lawrence Park (est. 2015)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
Our campus located in midtown Toronto provides the warmth and community of a neighbourhood school. We are a short distance from our partners at the Royal Ontario Museum and Outward Bound at the Evergreen Brickworks. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
$2,195

Montessori Jewish Day School (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
MJDS inspires a lifetime love for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters respect for oneself, the community and the world, guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education. [ View profile ]
  • Montessori
$7,900 to $17,900

High Park Day School (est. 2010)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
High Park Day School offers an alternative program from JK to Grade 8. Reggio Emilia inspired Kindergarten and Project Based Learning programs inspire and engage while developing essential 21st Century skills. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
$14,300 to $17,500

Blyth Academy Downsview Park (est. 2016)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
Blyth Academy Downsview Park offers outstanding education coupled with unique opportunities for student-athletes to engage in sports-specific and fitness training throughout their regular school day. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional

Gradale Academy (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (50 students)
Gradale Academy at Evergreen Brick Works is a nature focused school like no other in Toronto. The education program supports strong academic time with a balance of outdoor creative learning. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
$19,000

Neuchâtel Junior College (est. 1956)  

  • Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 12 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school
Neuchâtel Junior College, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, offers Canadian Grade 12 curriculum and AP to students from across Canada and beyond. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$29,000 to $54,500

Schools with accelerated curricula

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

The Giles School (est. 1989)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (170 students)
The Giles School is a French immersion private school in Toronto for children age 2 (Pre-K) to Grade 8. Open Admissions through Grade 1, small classes, and Mandarin introduced as a third language in Grade 1. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
$12,200 to $20,300

McDonald International Academy (est. 1994)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 with 2 locations in the heart of Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 20 students. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$16,800

Westminster Classical Christian Academy (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 9 (Coed)
  • Day school (56 students)
Westminster Classical Christian Academy (JK to Grade 8) is a private Christian school in the High Park neighbourhood in Toronto, for families seeking a rigorous, time-tested Christian education in the Classical model. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
$6,200 to $10,000

Upper Canada College (est. 1829)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (1072 students)
  • Boarding school (88 students)
Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys’ school in Ontario. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$30,860 to $61,560
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Prince Edward Montessori School (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to SK (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
Prince Edward Montessori School offers programs for various grades in Toronto. Its average class size is ten to 16 students. [ View profile ]
  • Montessori

Bannockburn (est. 1993)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (145 students)
Bannockburn, a Montessori school in Toronto, Ontario offers grades nursery to six, average class sizes of 22 students and tuition from $10,350 to $20,700. [ View profile ]
  • Montessori
$13,900 to $24,500

University of Toronto Schools (est. 1910)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (650 students)
University of Toronto Schools (UTS) offers a transformative education to high-achieving students in Grades 7 to 12. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially-responsible global citizens. [ View profile ]
  • Liberal Arts
$25,350

Bayview Glen (est. 1962)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1050 students)
Bayview Glen is a traditional co-ed day school in Toronto, Ontario from Preschool (age 2) to Grade 12, a global member of Round Square and offers Advanced Placement programme. Tuition ranges from $17,000 to $26,500. [ View profile ]
  • Traditional
$16,995 to $24,000

Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus (est. 1995)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • Day school (250 students)
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one – the period from birth to the age of six. Choose Central Montessori Schools. [ View profile ]
  • Montessori

TFS – Canada’s International School (West Campus) (est. 1962)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • Day school (165 students)
TFS – Canada’s International School (West Campus) offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade seven. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students. [ View profile ]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$11,900 to $26,150


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Choosing a school

Our gifted education guide has specific and detailed advice for finding the right gifted school or program. For more general advice on how to choose and evaluate school your school options, review our guide to  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. The Toronto private school expo allows you to speak with 70+ of the leading Toronto private schools—all in one place. If you live in the west end of the GTA, we also host an expo for Halton-Peel , where schools from that region 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

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 schools and programs, check out our main gifted education guide .

School nameDateLocation
August 18, 2018 10:00 am Little Owl Preschool Elementary
99 Sheppard Avenue West, Unit A Toronto Ontario M2N 1M4
October 13, 2018 10:00 am University of Toronto Schools
30 Humbert Street Toronto Ontario M6J 3A9
October 16, 2018 9:15 am St. Clement’s Early Learning School
70 St. Clements Avenue Toronto Ontario M4R 1H2
October 18, 2018 10:00 am Crescent School
2365 Bayview Avenue Toronto Ontario M2L 1A2
October 19, 2018 10:00 am Crescent School
2365 Bayview Avenue Toronto Ontario M2L 1A2
October 20, 2018 10:00 am Bannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
October 24, 2018 1:00 pm Abelard School
557 Church Street, 4th Fl. Toronto Ontario M4Y 2E2
October 25, 2018 9:30 am Upper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
October 25, 2018 6:30 pm Upper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
October 26, 2018 1:30 pm Upper Canada College
220 Lonsdale Road Toronto Ontario M4V 2X8
October 27, 2018 11:00 am Toronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue, Suite 200 Toronto Ontario M4S 1H2
October 27, 2018 12:00 pm Hudson College
21 Ascot Avenue Toronto Ontario M6E 1E6
November 02, 2018 9:00 am Linden School
10 Rosehill Avenue Toronto Ontario M4T 1G5
November 02, 2018 9:30 am Hudson College
21 Ascot Avenue Toronto Ontario M6E 1E6
November 03, 2018 11:00 am Crestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
November 07, 2018 9:00 am Crestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
November 10, 2018 12:00 pm Hudson College
21 Ascot Avenue Toronto Ontario M6E 1E6
November 14, 2018 1:00 pm Abelard School
557 Church Street, 4th Fl. Toronto Ontario M4Y 2E2
November 15, 2018 10:00 am Crescent School
2365 Bayview Avenue Toronto Ontario M2L 1A2
November 16, 2018 10:00 am Crescent School
2365 Bayview Avenue Toronto Ontario M2L 1A2
November 21, 2018 9:00 am Crestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
November 24, 2018 11:00 am Toronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue, Suite 200 Toronto Ontario M4S 1H2
November 24, 2018 12:00 pm Hudson College
21 Ascot Avenue Toronto Ontario M6E 1E6
November 30, 2018 9:00 am Linden School
10 Rosehill Avenue Toronto Ontario M4T 1G5
December 05, 2018 9:00 am Crestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
January 16, 2019 9:00 am Crestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive Toronto Ontario M3A 2T7
January 19, 2019 10:00 am Bannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8
January 19, 2019 12:00 pm Hudson College
21 Ascot Avenue Toronto Ontario M6E 1E6
January 25, 2019 9:00 am Linden School
10 Rosehill Avenue Toronto Ontario M4T 1G5
February 09, 2019 12:00 pm Hudson College
21 Ascot Avenue Toronto Ontario M6E 1E6
February 23, 2019 11:00 am Toronto Prep School
250 Davisville Avenue, Suite 200 Toronto Ontario M4S 1H2
April 20, 2019 10:00 am Bannockburn
12 Bannockburn Avenue Toronto Ontario M5M 2M8


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Tuition at gifted schools in Toronto

Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in Toronto reflects private school tuition in general . Private schools can range from $5,000 to over $30,000 per year for day students.

Tuition at Toronto schools with gifted programs$1 – $2,500$5,001 – $7,500$10,001 – $12,500$15,001 – $17,500$20,001 – $22,500$25,001 – $27,500$30,001 – $32,500$35,001 – $37,5000%10%20%30%40%Day tuitionPercentage of schools

Day TuitionPercentage of schools
$1 – $2,5004%
$2,501 – $5,0002%
$5,001 – $7,5004%
$7,501 – $10,00011%
$10,001 – $12,50013%
$12,501 – $15,00025%
$15,001 – $17,50027%
$17,501 – $20,00029%
$20,001 – $22,50033%
$22,501 – $25,00020%
$25,001 – $27,50018%
$27,501 – $30,0005%
$30,001 – $32,5009%
$32,501 – $35,0002%
$35,001 – $37,5000%
$37,501 – $40,0000%
Tuition at Toronto schools with gifted programs

There are quite a few affordable private schools for gifted students. 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.

Availability of financial aidAwardBasedNeedBasedTotalNursery/ToddlerJKK246810120%20%40%60%80%GradePercentage of schools

GradeAward BasedNeed BasedTotal
Nursery/Toddler0.0730.1090.182
Preschool0.1450.2180.364
JK0.1820.3450.527
SK0.20.3640.564
K0.1820.3450.527
10.1640.3640.527
20.1640.3640.527
30.20.40.6
40.2180.4180.636
50.2360.4180.655
60.2360.40.636
70.2180.4360.655
80.20.4180.618
90.1820.2730.455
100.1820.2730.455
110.1820.2730.455
120.20.2910.491
Total

Many schools offer financial aid (also known as "bursaries," "tuition relief," or "tuition assistance") and scholarships. Financial aid is need-based, while scholarships are given for some measure of merit (such as academic, athletic, or something else). You can read more about financial aid and scholarships in our dedicated guide. If you have a younger child, check out our preschool costs 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 Toronto private schools with gifted programs. This includes in downtown Toronto, the Annex, North York, and Richmond Hill .

Availability of financial aid

 
Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
$13,300 to $19,05035%JK – 12
$13,500 to $14,50020%JK – 8$2,000
$15,600JK – 12
$22,2504 – 8
$17,600 to $31,100Preschool – 12
$33,2503%7 – 12$33,770
$10,000JK – 9
$16,750 to $20,750Nursery/Toddler – 12
$30,860 to $33,86018%5 – 12$15,000
$20,000 to $24,5007%JK – 8$3,000
$10,45514%JK – 5
$15,000 to $23,5005%JK – 8$10,000
$20,500 to $26,50020%4 – 12$3,000
$7,900 to $14,0005%1 – 8$3,000
$30,5403 – 12
$20,000 to $22,00020%9 – 12$10,000
$20,90015%1 – 8$6,000
$26,200
$12,0001 – 8
$2,500 to $30,000100%9 – 12$1,850
$24,500
$17,700 to $19,15020%JK – 8$9,000
$7,000 to $12,000
$15,400 to $20,95020%JK – 12$10,000
$13,100 to $20,4005%1 – 8$10,000
Nursery/Toddler – 8
$13,000 to $17,000
$1,6009 – 12
$25,35020%7 – 12$11,000
$14,000 to $17,90020%1 – 8$5,000
$16,995 to $24,000
20%12$20,000
$21,420 to $26,150
$25,00011 – 12


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Compare gifted schools

Gifted programming


 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

 

Institutional metrics

 Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
$085%
100%
95%514
30531
77%34425
$0100%618155
90%11512
100%
75%
$12,500,00037%75275
$0100%
00
100%
80%29417
$40,000,00033%117884
100%32554
100%548
70%999
95%495
95%14113
50%588
75%17715
35%
$050%6611
80%
100%
95%
$3384%12024
65%38063
85%00
90%40727
100%00
100%
100%
100%
100%
80%17812
90%827
100%
00
$0100%12030
95%00
80%17813
100%
$0100%655
20%646108
100%
100%
100%12410
70%
100%567
100%
100%
00
100%
100%

 

Academics

 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
8 to 15Indirect SupportLight integration
10 to 16No supportMedium integration
10 to 16Indirect SupportLight integration
7 to 18Partial Integration
15 to 20No supportMedium integration
10 to 20Resource AssistanceMedium integration
15 to 20No supportMedium integration
6 to 8No supportHeavy integration
12 to 22Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
15 to 20Resource AssistanceMedium integration
10 to 16Special needs schoolMedium integration
No supportLight integration
10 to 24No support
No supportLight integration
20Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
12 to 14Indirect SupportHeavy integration
6Special needs schoolLight integration
10 to 14Partial IntegrationMedium integration
No supportMedium integration
12 to 18No supportLight integration
6 to 12Withdrawal AssistanceMedium integration
15 to 24Indirect SupportMedium integration
18Resource Assistance
12No supportLight integration
5 to 7Special needs schoolMedium integration
16 to 21Resource AssistanceMedium integration
No supportHeavy integration
1 to 8Resource AssistanceLight integration
16Partial IntegrationMedium integration
No supportLight integration
1 to 3Indirect Support
8 to 12Withdrawal AssistanceLight integration
6 to 16Special needs schoolMedium integration
15 to 18Indirect Support
4 to 5Full-time Dedicated ClassLight integration
10 to 16No support
15 to 20No supportLight integration
12 to 20Indirect SupportLight integration
5 to 10No supportMedium integration
12No supportHeavy integration
No supportMedium integration
18 to 21Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
10 to 18No supportLight integration
1 to 8Indirect SupportMedium integration
Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
10 to 18Indirect SupportMedium integration
10 to 15No support
5 to 12No supportLight integration
23 to 24Resource AssistanceHeavy integration
10 to 12No support
6 to 8No supportHeavy integration
8 to 24Indirect SupportLight integration
6 to 12Indirect SupportMedium integration
No supportHeavy integration
8 to 10Indirect SupportLight integration
20 to 22No support
15 to 24No support
13Indirect SupportMedium integration
12 to 22Resource AssistanceMedium integration
2 to 10Special needs school

Special needs 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
 
 

 

Admission

 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
Day: Feb 27, 2016
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: Jul 22, 2016
8 – 1285%
Day: rolling100%
Day: rollingPreschool – 395%
Day: rollingJK – 8
Day: rolling
Homestay: rolling
JK – 1277%Oct 27, 2018
Day: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 – 12100%
Day: Dec 3, 20184 – 890%
100%
Day: Dec 2, 20166 – 1175%
Day: Nov 30, 20188 – 123 – 1237%Oct 18, 2018
1 – 12100%
Day: rollingJK – 9
Day: rolling1 – 6100%
Day: rollingNursery/Toddler – 1280%
Day: Dec 2, 2016
Boarding: rolling
7 – 11SK – 1133%Oct 25, 2018
Day: rolling100%Oct 27, 2018
Day: rolling6 – 12100%
Day: rollingPreschool – 870%
Day: rollingNursery/Toddler – 595%
Day: rollingJK – 895%
Day: rolling6 – 1250%
Day: rolling75%
Day: Dec 2, 20163 – 1235%
Day: rolling7 – 1250%Oct 24, 2018
Day: rolling1 – 880%
Day: rollingPreschool – 8100%
Day: rolling95%
Day: rollingNursery/Toddler – 284%Oct 16, 2018
Day: Feb 8, 20167 – 1265%Nov 3, 2018
Day: rolling1 – 8
Day: rolling
Day: rollingPreschool – 385%
Day: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 – 12
Day: Jun 30, 2017
Boarding: Jun 30, 2017
Homestay: Jun 30, 2017
1 – 1290%
Day: rolling1 – 8100%
Day: rolling100%
Day: rollingNursery/Toddler – 6100%Oct 20, 2018
Day: rollingNursery/Toddler – 8100%
Day: rollingJK – 12100%
Day: Jan 30, 2019JK – 1280%Nov 2, 2018
Day: rolling1 – 890%
Day: rolling100%
Day: rolling
Day: rolling9 – 12100%
Day: rolling
Homestay: rolling
3 – 1295%
Day: rolling1 – 1280%
100%
Day: rollingPreschool – 6100%Aug 18, 2018
Day: Dec 1, 20177 – 117 – 1120%Oct 13, 2018
100%
100%
Day: rollingPreschool – 8100%
Day: rolling1 – 870%
Day: rolling100%
Day: rolling100%
Day: rolling100%
Boarding: rolling
Day: rolling6 – 126 – 12100%
Day: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
9 – 12100%

Entry years and acceptance rates for day students

 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
80%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
100%100%100%100%
100%
75%77%74%81%86%91%88%88%94%83%65%70%85%85%100%
50%40%50%25%30%20%35%15%60%10%
50%25%25%25%85%85%85%
95%95%95%95%90%90%80%80%80%75%75%75%70%70%70%70%
40%33%33%33%33%20%
90%90%90%90%90%90%
100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
85%85%85%70%65%70%70%75%70%60%60%
100%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
50%30%25%50%40%40%50%40%25%
100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
50%40%33%20%35%20%25%20%20%
50%50%50%50%50%50%
95%90%75%80%80%
90%90%90%85%85%85%
100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
80%100%100%
100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%80%
90%90%90%90%90%90%75%75%75%75%75%
95%95%95%95%95%95%95%95%
100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
25%12%10%10%
100%100%80%70%10%30%30%30%
80%50%65%30%65%30%15%65%
100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
100%

Entry years and acceptance rates for boarding students

 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
100%100%
33%33%33%
100%100%100%100%

 

Course pedagogies

 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
 
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

 

Extracurricular sports (competitive)

 
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Cricket
Equestrian
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rowing
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track and Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

5

A primer on gifted education

Gifted children

Make no mistake: children who are gifted have different needs than typical students. Gifted or talented 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:

  • Does your child need specialized support for their giftedness?
  • Should you look at private schools or go with the public system?
  • Should you choose support in the form of (1) dedicated gifted schools/classes or (2) in-class adaptations?
  • Should you choose a program that emphasizes (1) acceleration of the curriculum or (2) depth and breadth of inquiry? Should you consider having your child skip a grade?
  • Which specific school or program should you choose?

You can also consider alternative options , such as language immersion programs , International Baccalaureate programs , 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 for gifted students in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). You can also search for gifted schools and programs across Ontario , including Mississauga , Oakville , and Ottawa .

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.


Public schools with gifted programs in the GTA

Under the Education Act, public district school boards in Ontario are required to provide gifted services and programming to students who need it ( Special Education Handbook , Ontario Ministry of Education). School boards are more or less free to choose who "needs" gifted programming, and what that programming looks like.

Gifted programming might mean the student receives curriculum enhancements or extra support from a gifted education teacher. It might also mean moving the student to a nearby school with a separate, full-time gifted class. (There are no public, full-time gifted schools in the GTA.) The form gifted support takes depends a lot on what is available and what is thought most suitable for a particular child.

There are lots of gifted programs in Toronto and the GTA. This includes several TDSB gifted programs and Halton gifted programs.

Below, we provide you with a glimpse of some of what the GTA school boards have to offer:

  • Toronto District School Board (TDSB):  38 schools with gifted programs in the TDSB , spread throughout Toronto. The TDSB requires students to score in the 98th percentile on an IQ test, or in the 99th percentile in a single domain.
  • Peel Regional School Board:  five schools with dedicated gifted classes spread throughout the region.
  • York Region District School Board:  22 schools with dedicated gifted programming , spread throughout the region.
  • Durham District School Board:  10 schools with dedicated gifted programming .
  • Halton District School Board: several dedicated gifted programs spread throughout the Halton region.

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Further resources

Web guides

  • Schools for gifted kids: The Our Kids guide (start here to learn the fundamentals)
  • Hoagies Gifted Education Page (a great resource guide)

Articles

  • Gifted children with special needs
  • Alternative curricula for gifted students
  • Benefits of gifted programs
  • AB, IP, and Gifted Kids’ Programs  

Online forum

  • Our Kids parent discussion forum (ask questions and share information on private schools)

Books

  • Being Smart about Gifted Education by Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster (truly the only must-read book on the topic, written by two Torontonians).

Professional support

  • The following Toronto-based educational consultants can help you assess and find the ideal schools for your gifted children:
    • Ann Wolff
    • Janyce Lastman
    • Judy Winberg


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