Admissions 


Welcome to Admissions at the Davidson Academy!

The Davidson Academy offers two accredited educational options specifically designed to meet the needs of profoundly gifted students – an Online High School for those living anywhere in the U.S. and a day school on the University of Nevada, Reno campus for local residents. The full-time Online High School further strengthens the Davidson Academy’s commitment to the profoundly gifted population by bringing the Davidson Academy experience to students whose families are unable to relocate to Reno. Both options are centered on a rigorous academic environment where students can thrive among their intellectual peers.

Online Campus

The Davidson Academy Online High School is for profoundly gifted students living anywhere in the United States (see the Online section of this website). For the 2018-2019 academic year, a full array of accredited high school courses will be offered. Applicants must be 12 years old as of Sept. 30, 2018, submit appropriate test scores according to the Online High School Qualification Criteria and commit to being full-time students. 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 personalized tuition level for each family. Please visit the Online High School's How to Apply page. The 2018-2019 Online High School application has closed. The 2019-2020 application will open this fall.

Reno Campus

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. The 2018-2019 application for the Academy's day school in Reno, Nev. has closed. The 2019-2020 application will open in August.

"Applying can be sort of a scary process, but trust me, it’s definitely worth it. The Academy is an amazing school, from academics to community and everything in between. If you’ve read the student profiles in our eNewsletter, you’ve probably already read about our engaging classes and helpful teachers, our strong sense of community and support, and it’s all true. Here at the Academy, you’ll find a learning community unlike that of any other school; the students are invested in their education and the teachers go above and beyond to foster that love of learning." ~Davidson Academy Student