Local Gifted Schools

Southeast Michigan Schools Specifically for the Gifted

(alphabetized by city)

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.”

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.”

Avondale High School Pathways Program, Auburn Hills (public – 9 )

“New gifted program at Avondale High School available starting in the 2022-2023 school year”

Bay City Public Schools Gifted And Talented Program, Bay City  (public – K-8)

“The Bay City Public School District is proud to be the ONLY school district in Bay County to offer Gifted and Talented Services. The Bay City Public Schools is committed to providing relevant accelerated and enriched curriculum:

  • Accelerated Kindergarten
  • Cluster Enriched Kindergarten
  • Magnet Gifted Program Grades 1-5
  • Cluster Gifted Program Grades 1-5
  • Honors Middle School Program Grades 6-8″

Savage Elementary School, Belleville  (public – K-4)

“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.”

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.”

Spencer Elementary, Brighton (public – K-4)

“Spencer Elementary is a JK/K-4th grade building with approximately 445 students. We house the gifted and talented program and deaf, and hard of hearing program for our district. Our staff is very highly qualified and ensures that every effort is made to offer an enriching, safe, and respectful learning environment for all children.”

Plymouth/Canton TAG Program, Canton (public – 3rd-8th grades only)

” The P-CCS TAG Program provides highly motivated, academically gifted students with an opportunity to realize and develop their exceptional intellectual and creative abilities. The TAG Program teaches district curriculum while emphasizing higher-order thinking, deep knowledge, substantive conversations and making connections to the world beyond the classroom. TAG students are provided with a qualitatively different school experience, which results from the gifted students’ interactions with each other in an engaging classroom. ”

Central Elementary, Davison (public – K-4th) Davison Schools CAP Program

“The district’s Challenging Academic Potential (CAP) program offers a cluster program for grade one, and classroom programs for students in grades two through twelve. CAP blends into honors and AP classes during a student’s middle and high school years.        The CAP program for first through fourth graders is housed at Central Elementary.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Livonia ACAT Program, Webster Elementary, Livonia  (public – 1-6)

“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.”

Livonia MACAT Program, Frost Middle School, Livonia (public – 7-8)

“The Middle School Alternative Classrooms for the Academically Talented (MACAT) Program is the LPS School District’s middle school program designed specifically for students of high ability and high achievement in all academic areas. The MACAT curriculum consists of classes in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. MACAT students take elective classes and participate in all school activities at Frost.”

Livonia MSC Program, Churchill High School, Livonia (public 9-12)

“The curriculum is specifically designed for students who have an intense interest in math and science. The courses are taught at a faster pace and in greater depth. The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies and receive advanced placement and/or course credit upon entering college.”

St. Peter Lutheran Church and School, Macomb (private)

“St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in Macomb, Michigan started a Gifted and Talented Education program in 2020. They are currently servicing 2nd and 3rd grade. They have rolled out a plan to add a grade every year following.

21-22: 2nd-4th grade
22-23: 2nd-5th grade”

Plymouth/Canton TAG Program, Plymouth (public – 3rd-8th grades only)

” The P-CCS TAG Program provides highly motivated, academically gifted students with an opportunity to realize and develop their exceptional intellectual and creative abilities. The TAG Program teaches district curriculum while emphasizing higher-order thinking, deep knowledge, substantive conversations and making connections to the world beyond the classroom. TAG students are provided with a qualitatively different school experience, which results from the gifted students’ interactions with each other in an engaging classroom. ”

Avondale’s GATE Magnet School, Rochester Hills (public 2-8)

“Avondale’s GATE Magnet School is dedicated to providing an innovative learning environment where gifted students can maximize their academic and social/emotional growth through personalized learning. The program currently serves students in grades 2 – 7 and will open to 8th graders for the 2021-2022 school year.”

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.”

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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

University High School and Preparatory Academies, Southfield  (public – 8-12)

“Thank you for visiting the website of a model high school, University High School Academy (UHSA), and our educational program for eighth grade students, University High School Preparatory Academy (UPREP).  I hope you find our website informative and user-friendly, as we want you to learn more about all that UHSA (grades 9-12) and UPREP (grade 8) have to offer your son/daughter.  From an exemplary and innovative STEAM2 (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) curriculum to a plethora of school sponsored clubs and organizations, UHSA and UPREP have a means of engaging our students as active members of the learning community.”

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

“The Wayne-Westland Community School District offers self-contained Talented and Gifted classrooms for kindergarten through sixth grade students at Walker-Winter Elementary School and Marshall Upper Elementary School. Once a student is identified as Talented and Gifted and placed in a TAG classroom they will have opportunities to be exposed to curriculum and enrichment activities that meet their individual academic needs.”

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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!

  9. Taran says:

    Are their any gifted programs for Kindergarten students in Hamtramck?

  10. Tara says:

    Are their any programs for gifted students in Hamtramck? Would a mild autism diagnosis affect admission to a gifted program. The student is higher functioning, has tested with IQ scores in the high 120s. Most people would never suspect autism had it not been disclosed. Is that information worth mentioning or should it be withheld?

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      Sorry I missed your comments! Your best bet would be to contact the school district in Hamtramck. They should be able to tell you if they have any gifted programs. A mild autism diagnosis could affect admission to some gifted programs. However, public schools must accept all students, while private schools may discriminate. In the case of a private school, you may choose not to disclose, if you know it wouldn’t be an issue for your child or the school. In the case of public school, I might recommend disclosure only if you desire accommodations related to an autism diagnosis, such as an IEP and specialized programming. The reason I suggest non-disclosure if no accommodations are needed is this: A label given to a child early in life can affect that child throughout his/her life. It may affect the way teachers and/or other students interact with that child. It may also affect the way that child views him/herself. So, taking these thoughts into consideration when you weigh the pros and cons of this decision may be prudent. Please note also that you may choose to disclose at a later date, if you find that useful later.

  11. Wafa says:

    I have a two year old son and wonder if you can refer me to a gifted school for toddlers in Grand Rapids,MI

  12. G. Ray says:

    Hi, I am looking for a gifted public school for a middle school student in Oakland County, specifically in the Oak Park area.

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      Livonia public schools has a gifted program that is a “schools of choice” program. Also, Bates Academy in Detroit is a gifted public school. Some Oakland County residents are working on creating a gifted charter school in the Rochester area. Check the Rochester Sage blog for details. No idea how far they’ve come toward this goal yet.

    • Robin G says:

      I am in Pleasant Ridge and would love to see a gifted public school in our area. I can’t believe there isn’t one.

      • giftedinmichigan says:

        There is a group in Rochester Hills working to create a gifted public school. That is probably about 1/2 hour away from you. If you are interested, I recommend you follow Joshua Raymond’s Rochester Sage page.

    • Nikole says:

      I have been looking for the same in Oak Park as well to no avail. I even asked if my 4 year old could attend school at a higher grades or be tutored by a higher level teacher but was told no by numerous schools and multiple districts . So I am still searching. It seems that you have to wait until a child turns 5 preferably before Dec 1st before anyone will help you. However I am open to suggestions.

  13. Dee says:

    gifted programs up north??? what is offered in the lower peninsula north of Bay City?

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      If you are looking for programs in the Bay City area, I highly recommend you contact the Bay City Association For the Academically Talented. You can find a link to this organization on our “Friends of Gifted In Michigan” page. As far as gifted programs farther North, we don’t yet have a list. The Michigan Association for Gifted Children http://www.migiftedchild.org may have some information about other gifted programs in the state. You can contact them by phone or web. Also, they will be holding a statewide conference at MSU in Lansing on October 10th, and you are welcome to attend! MAGC does not as yet have a comprehensive list of gifted programs in the state. Right now we are trying to increase our membership and volunteer base. Once we are able to do that, we hopefully will be able to accomplish this task. If you are interested in helping us with this, please join MAGC (cost is $25 per year) and volunteer to help. If you would like to take on this particular task, we would have many educator contacts to help you accomplish it!

  14. Babs says:

    Is there a gifted and talented program in Lapeer Country?

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      We don’t know, but I recommend you contact the county school districts to find out. More and more public gifted programs are popping up here in Michigan, so if you haven’t checked in a while, I recommend you do again. You also might be interested in a group that is working on chartering a gifted elementary school in the Rochester Hills area tentatively named the Northeast Oakland Gifted Academy. I believe Joshua Raymond of Rochester SAGE is spearheading this effort. You can contact him via the Rochester SAGE website if you are interested: http://rochestersage.org/.

  15. Shirley says:

    University Academy in Southfield is not a gifted program. It is a bit more rigorous than the regular public school curriculum, but if your child is truly gifted, you’ll find that it is not challenging enough. This is not meant to knock the program, which I have personal experience with. Its’s worth looking into if you seek more challenge and structure for your child, but it’s not a gifted program.

  16. John says:

    Northville public school has a gifted program called ALPS (for Elementary) and Academic Resource (for Middle School)

  17. Julie says:

    Any gifted program here in Mt. Pleasant?

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      I don’t know. You’re best bet to find out would be to call your local school district and ask. Good luck!

  18. swathi says:

    Any gifted schools in walled lake for kindergarden?? Can you please share the school of choice list in best elemenatary schools in michigan??

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      Sorry, we don’t have this information. However, you can check yourself for gifted school in the walled lake area by calling the local school district and private schools in the area. Good luck!

  19. Jordan Ewert says:

    Hi there, would it be possible to list Wayne-Westland Community Schools TAG program to this list? https://www.wwcsd.net/parents–students/talented-and-gifted-program/

    We have a robust program and it’s only been getting better and better. We would love to be featured! I’m the web administrator for WWCSD.

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      Thanks, Jordan. Your TAG program was already on our list, but I noticed a description was missing and the link was stale. I have updated. It should be OK now!

  20. Melissa,

    Please add Avondale’s gifted magnet program. In 2018-19, it will be for students in grades 2-5 and housed at Woodland Elementary in Troy. It is expected to expand the grades served and to be in its own building in 2019-2020. For more information, see http://www.avondale.k12.mi.us/departments/gifted-and-talented


  21. Elizabeth says:

    I am looking for a gifted school in the downriver area?

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      Your best bet is to call the county and/or your local school districts and ask if they have any gifted/talented programs. I have not heard of any in downriver, but that does not mean they do not exist. Good luck!

  22. Marlene Downing says:

    what about school for gifted children in Grand Haven Mi

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      Your best bet is to get a list of schools in Grand Haven from your phone book or local library, and then call each to see if they have a gifted program.

  23. Amber Nill says:

    St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in Macomb, Michigan started a Gifted and Talented Education program this year. They are currently servicing 2nd and 3rd grade. They have rolled out a plan to add a grade every year following.

    21-22: 2nd-4th grade
    22-23: 2nd-5th grade

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      Thank you, Amber. I will add St. Peter Lutheran Church and School to my list of known gifted programs in the Southeast Michigan Area.

  24. I am the Talented and Gifted Program Coordinator for the Plymouth Canton Community Schools. I receive at least a half dozen calls a day from parents of children as young as 2 years of age who want to know more about our program. Our TAG program is for grades 3 through 8 and we test students one year in advance (2nd grade through 7th grade). Please update your information about our program. Thank you.

  25. Kate says:

    Hi there!
    The information for Avondale gifted and talented is in need of updating please visit the website at Avondalegate.org. Thank you!

  26. Shay says:

    So, why is it clearly assumed that there are no gifted and talented students in certain areas in Michigan? There are no available resources for children in my area, the closest being at least an hour away from me! I find this very unfair and discriminatory.

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      You have our sympathy! There are many who think as you do. We are writing and calling our congressmen and women in Michigan advocating for our gifted kids. You can help too. Contact your local school system and your local and state government officials letting them know about the problem. Consider joining the MIchigan Association for Gifted Children (MAGC) https://migiftedchild.org/ and volunteering to help in their organized advocacy efforts to add gifted programs to our public education system. Ask your local school to make accommodations for your child like subject level skipping and whole grade skipping, which cost them nothing and can help your child progress. Join our Gifted In Michigan Facebook group to talk with others who can help you find unique ways to meet your child’s needs.

  27. Angela Mears says:

    Savage in Belleville is K-4, not K-6.

  28. Debra Hawkins says:

    Where can I find something for my 3 year old grandson. He can count to infinity and understands the concept of numbers. He’s starting to multiply. He adds and subtracts – mostly correct. He’s been reading small words since he was 2 and now has added many bigger words. He will see a fox on tv and says fox: f o x. So he’s connecting the item to the word.

    I had him in Home Depot in the appliance section. He’s reading prices, 1,799 etc. doesn’t know the dollar sign yet.

    He knows colors, numbers, shapes, abcs (also in Russian). Not only can he read all above but he can write/ draw them as well.

    Is there some place he can go to keep his fire for learning burning. He comes from a family of gifted, including his dad.
    Any help will be appreciated. Thank you

    • giftedinmichigan says:

      Don’t worry! There’s lots of help out there for you and your grandson. Consider joining the Gifted In Michigan Facebook group. You can ask questions about your local region of the 1000+ local parents in that group. Mensa https://mensadetroit.com/ is another good resource. Consider joining or attending the next monthly meeting of the local group or the upcoming Winter Bash, to get to know some of the members. The Michigan Association for Gifted Children http://www.migiftedchild.org/ is another good resource.

  29. Angela Hinkle says:

    Is there a list of good school options in SW Michigan? It was recently announced that our excellent public school gifted program is undergoing major changes that could be in effect as soon as next year. I am exploring options to reevaluate what might be best, considering the changes.

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