Gifted Children's Resource Guide

Schools for Gifted Children

The Avery Coonley School
1400 West Maple Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515-4897

"The Avery Coonley School is a Preschool - 8th grade independent day school for academically bright and gifted children. ACS believes the joy and excitement of learning must begin early in life. A high premium is placed on developing the desire in students to become critical thinkers and independent, life-long learners."

Cranbrook Schools
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304

"Cranbrook Schools, founded in 1922, is a coeducational, college-preparatory boarding and day school with 795 students in grades nine through twelve. Cranbrook attracts outstanding students not only from Michigan and the Midwest but also from across the United States and around the world. Cranbrook believes that, in today’s competitive environment, preparation for college should be comprehensive and challenging. We provide a superb teaching and learning environment that cherishes and challenges the individual, that encourages creative, critical and independent thinking, and that offers the broadest possible range of academic, artistic and athletic options."

The Einstein Academy
747 Davis Road
Elgin, IL 60123
Cathryn Ilani, Principal

"The Einstein Academy is an independent school serving the particular needs of academically talented students from age four through High School. Its founder Cathryn Ilani realized an unfulfilled demand for a school that is able to provide an exceptional education for advanced students, as well as being well-rounded and affordable. Coöperation between students, parents, and teachers is the foundation of The Einstein Academy."

The International Mansion: Language and Music School
150 N. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL

Founded in 1994 by the Fermi family (of Fermilab), The Language and Music School is designed to create a personalized curriculum focusing on any participants’ academic, musical, or linguistically strengths in one-on-one classes with expert-level private tutors. This is supplemented by a mixed ages Spanish Immersion group which offers a social setting to all participants. The program also offers many impromptu opportunities to go on field trips — most on a local level — to the local businesses, receiving exclusive tours on how their trades work. Inspired by what the director and her son felt was missed during their childhood years, the program is frequently compared to Ad Astra Private School run by Elon Musk in California and Fusion Academy (a collaborator and more recently, a local partner).

Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE)
Chicago, IL

MAGE is a not-for-profit private co-educational school for the gifted and talented, utilizing research based pedagogical practices to provide a challenging and personalized academic experience with exposure to the arts, character development and global citizenship.

Quest Academy
500 North Benton
Palatine, IL 60067

"Quest Academy is the leading, non-profit private independent school for gifted students in grades Pre-K - 8 located in Palatine, IL outside of Chicago. The mission of Quest Academy is to provide gifted children with a challenging curriculum and a nurturing environment, emphasizing sound character, along with scholarship and creativity in both the academics and the arts. The Quest Academy community values the individuality of each child and encourages each to strive for personal excellence. To learn more about Quest Academy, visit their website or call."

Science & Arts Academy (SAA)
1825 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847.827.7880  - Main Number

"Science & Arts Academy is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for gifted students in Jr. Kindergarten through eighth grade. Science & Arts Academy educates gifted children in an academically differentiated and enriched environment while recognizing the unique development of each child. Our supportive community encourages students to embrace their potential and cultivates their academic abilities, creative talents, and emotional growth. SAA is highly regarded for its challenging and inspiring curriculum, small classroom setting and expertise and knowledge in supporting gifted children. Differentiation, acceleration, enrichment, problem solving and creative thinking are all concepts common to the everyday intellectual and artistic experience for the SAA student."

Vanguard Gifted Academy
Batavia, IL

"Vanguard Gifted Academy is a perfect fit for gifted students in grades K through 5 who want to delve deeply into learning, love working on projects, and are eager to solve problems. The Vanguard Model offers personalized learning of foundational skills in multi-aged small groups during the morning and engages students in collaborative projects and problem-solving activities in the afternoon. Offering our students a learning environment blended with both academic and developmental peers enriches the whole gifted child, allowing each one to take root, blossom, and soar! "

Vine Academy
125 S. Vine St.
Hinsdale, IL

Vine’s Mission: "Inspiring students to embrace challenges, pursue passions, and develop an active mind through customized learning."

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