Local Gifted Schools

Southeast Michigan Schools Specifically for the Gifted

Bates Academy, Detroit  (public – K-8)

“Bates Academy is a K-8 examination school for gifted/talented students that is a part of the Detroit Public Schools. Students must demonstrate exceptional cognitive abilities and must be able to succeed academically beyond their current grade level. They do vertical acceleration as well as horizontal. Their academic program is designed for gifted/talented students. They use the Detroit Board of Education curriculum and then extend using Bloom’s Taxonomy as the basis for further instruction. Bates Academy is among the few public schools in Michigan to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 10 out of 10.”

Brummer Elementary, South Lyon (public – 4-5)

“Brummer Elementary School has multi-age classrooms and a gifted magnet program in 4th and 5th grade”

Charyl Stockwell Academy Academically Gifted Program, Howell  (private – K-12)

“CSA District is dedicated to providing academically gifted students Kindergarten through High School with a challenging and optimized school experience… Within the multi-age configuration, students identified as gifted are clustered. This allows the student to learn with and from intellectual/academic peers. Clusters allow a teacher to have a significant number of students to group for learning experiences. The program is supported by faculty that has special training and experience in gifted education.”

Emerson School, Ann Arbor  (private – K-8)

“The mission of Emerson School is to provide a whole child, multiple method approach to instruction for gifted and for academically talented students. Emerson School encourages creativity, problem solving, and the development of basic skills, while providing a warm, supportive environment that promotes responsibility for oneself and others.”

Handley Elementary, Saginaw (public – K-5)

“The Handley School program is designed to meet the needs of academically talented students grades K-5. The programs content and structure are responsive to developmental stages in the lives of children. Learning experiences are designed to help students find depth and personal meaning in their studies. Teachers respect and facilitate the individual abilities, needs, and interests of young learners. These three threads – - – attention to developmental stages, personal meaning, and individualization have been consistently woven through the fabric of a Handley education since its opening in 1981.”

Hemmeter Elementary School, Saginaw Township (public – K – 5th)

“We the staff of Hemmeter Elementary School, in partnership with family and community, will provide a positive and healthy educational environment for gifted and talented students: To grow academically; to develop a positive self-concept; and, to become responsible, contributing citizens.”

The Roeper School, Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham  (private – preK-12)

“The Roeper School is a coeducational day school for gifted and talented children grades pre-K through 12.  “Simply put, ‘the Roeper difference’ consists of an educational and social environment tailored to meet your child’s distinctive strengths and abilities. At Roeper, we care deeply for children, understand the importance of these formative years, and work hard to nurture children at every stage and grade. We believe that the core purpose of education is to empower children to become independent thinkers and compassionate citizens of an interconnected world.”

Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy, Saginaw (public – middle-high school)

“The Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy (SASA) has been expanding and enhancing learning opportunities for gifted/talented students in the Tri-County area since 1981. During its history, initially as the Center for the Arts and Sciences (C.A.S.) and since 1999 as the Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy, it has earned a national reputation for excellence.”

Savage Elementary School, Belleville  (public – K-6)

“This program is designed for academically gifted and highly motivated students.  There is a high level of academic work, and the instructional pace is more rapid than in general education classes.  The GT Program stresses a combination of acceleration and enrichment.  Because the students learn more quickly, there are many opportunities to delve more deeply into subject matter.”

Steppingstone School for the Gifted, Farmington Hills  (private – K-8)

“Steppingstone provides an environment in which gifted students receive academic instruction at an intellectually challenging level with developmental peers. Learning experiences incorporate the essential critical components of applications, problem solving, discussion, hands-on experiences, and cross-subject integration.”

Summers-Knoll School, Ann Arbor  (private – K-8)

“Summers-Knoll School in Ann Arbor is a private school where bright children progress at their own pace, creative children engage in limitless exploration and gifted children discover their potential. Summers-Knoll School is designed to provide a rich academic experience for students from kindergarten through fifth grade in small, multi-age classes.”

University High School Academy, Southfield  (public – 9-12)

“Welcome to a model high school, University High School Academy (UHSA), where our students have the opportunity to coalesce and establish personal and collegial relationships with the dean, the counselor, teachers and support staff through a variety of school experiences. At UHSA, students are challenged with rigorous coursework and engaged in an in-depth study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum.”

Wayne/Westland Public School TAG Program, Westland  (public – PreK-5)

Open to all in Wayne County.

Webster Elementary, Livonia  (public – 1-6) *Note: Livonia has a middle school and high school gifted program as well.

“Within Webster Elementary School is housed two very special programs. Classrooms for Livonia’s Alternative Classrooms for the Academically Talented (ACAT) Program and the Northwest Wayne County program for students who have cognitive impairments. The community of Webster Elementary School dedicates itself to ensuring a safe, nurturing, learning environment that facilitates personal growth and meaningful interactions of all children and adults. Students will leave our school empowered to think clearly, care deeply, and act wisely.”

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  2. Misti says:

    Saginaw Public Schools also has a gifted elementary called Handley Elementary that is public and is for grades K-5. My daughter attends the school. In Saginaw Township, there is also a school called Hemmetter Elementary which is a gifted K-5 school.

  3. Gail says:

    Curious about Macomb County…. I wonder if any schools offer gifted and talented K-5?

  4. jay says:

    is there any for novi residents?

  5. giftedinmichigan says:

    I recommend you call the Novi school district and ask them if they have a gifted and talented program. I think the last time I talked to a parent from Novi, one did not exist, but that may have changed. Also, if you want to stick to public school, try one on this list that is near you and ask if it is a school of choice. Schools of choice allow non-residents to apply. The private schools also typically take students from different cities, but of course the cost may be a factor for you. If you do find that Novi has a GT program, please let me know so I may add it to our list. Thanks!!

  6. jay says:

    Thanks for your response. Novi does not have a gifted track due to funding issues. I will look into your suggestion. Thanks again

  7. Sue Kaminski says:

    South Lyon Schools offer a Magnet Program (Gifted) at Brummer Elementary.

  8. Melanie says:

    Thank you for this site! We are preparing to move to Eastern Michigan and our child is already enrolled in a gifted program in Kentwood, MI and we were wondering about programs on the East side of the state. This helps immensely!

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