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.”

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.”

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)

” 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.”

Plymouth/Canton TAG Program, Plymouth (public)

” 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. ”

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 – 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.”

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)

Open to all in Wayne County.

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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.

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