Admissions 


Welcome to Admissions at the Davidson Academy!

Since 2006, the Davidson Academy has been recognized as an exceptional school for profoundly gifted middle and high school students already living in the Reno area and those who can move to Nevada. For those who cannot move, now there is a full-time online high school option. This new online option reflects the Davidson Academy’s commitment to the profoundly gifted student population by offering a rigorous online academic environment where these students can thrive among their intellectual peers. All Academy courses are accredited.

Thus, students applying to the Davidson Academy now have two options:

Online High School

The Academy's online high school is for profoundly gifted students living anywhere in the United States (see the Online section of this website). The application is now available. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the online high school will include courses for incoming freshmen and sophomores. Therefore, applicants must be 12 to 15 years old as of Sept. 30, 2017, submit ACT or SAT scores for incoming 9th and 10 graders according to the Online High School Qualification Criteria and commit to being full-time students. Courses for juniors and seniors will be added in subsequent years and the age requirement will be expanded upward. For Nevada residents, both options – attending either the online or Reno school – are free, and there is no application and assessment fee. However, out-of-state students must pay an application and assessment fee and, if accepted, tuition calculated based upon family annual income, cost of living adjustment based on location of primary residence, the number of dependents in the household, and other relevant factors used to determine a tuition level affordable for each family.  The final application deadline April 15, 2017. Please visit the Online High School's How to Apply page.

Reno School

The Academy's free, public day school is located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus for profoundly gifted middle and high school students living in the Reno area. Classes are grouped by ability level, rather than by age-based grades, thereby providing profoundly gifted young people an educational opportunity matched to their abilities, strengths and interests. To attend the Davidson Academy in Reno, students must be at the middle or high school level across all subject areas and score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance tests, such as the ACT or SAT. Please visit the Reno school’s Qualification Criteria and How to Apply pages.