Online Campus - Application Review Process

The 2020-2021 day school and online school applications will open this fall.

The information on this page is for students living anywhere in the United States and would like to attend Davidson Academy Online. For those interested in the public day school located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, please visit the Reno Day School Admissions information on our website.


The Davidson Academy is committed to helping students succeed. One way we can help ensure success is through the application screening process. Extra time is taken during this process to make sure that the school is a good fit for students and their families. Following is a general outline of what you can expect when you apply to the Davidson Academy's online campus.

Step 1: Submit an Application

Please visit the How to Apply page.

Application & Assessment Fee

The Davidson Academy’s online campus application and assessment fee is $100 for out-of-state applicants and free for Nevada residents. Once your application is complete, you will be provided with the application and assessment fee payment form link.

Step 2: Application Review Process

Applications submitted by the first of the month will go through an initial review by a team of education professionals to determine if an assessment will be offered, if more information is needed, or if the Academy is not a good academic fit for the student at that time.

Applicants invited to assess will be notified of available testing dates by email.

If the applicant is not offered an assessment, a decision letter will be emailed by the end of the submission month. Included in this letter will be an explanation of why an assessment is not being offered.

The Davidson Academy public website will be updated to reflect any changes in the application review process, and those who have submitted complete or partial application materials will be notified directly of any changes.

Step 3: Academic Readiness Assessment

An academic readiness assessment is an exceptionally important part of the application process. Student and parent interviews, as well as student assessment activities, are conducted online for students who meet or exceed the published Qualification Criteria. Students will complete assessment activities online through our learning management system, Blackboard. Students will also participate in a scheduled live discussion and lesson with an instructor and other applicants during the testing window. Students meet with an Academy staff member for a 10-15-minute conversation about their goals and interests. Parents also meet with an Academy staff member for a 30-45-minute casual conversation about the type of educational experiences they are seeking for the applicant and to ask questions in a one-on-one setting. These conversations and the live discussion will be held in Zoom (web-conferencing software).

The purpose of this academic readiness assessment is to determine the goodness of fit between student candidates and Davidson Academy. This curriculum-based measurement offers a strong indication of an applicant’s likelihood of success at the Academy. Because the assessment directly reflects the daily work of Academy students, it provides information beyond that which can be gleaned from standardized achievement and IQ tests. IQ tests reflect potential, which is of great importance, but academic readiness is about determining which skill sets are already in place. Therefore, the results of this assessment are a significant part of the overall acceptance process.

For an example of the Davidson Academy's assessment, please review the Online Assessment Example (PDF).

Step 4: Post-Assessment

Once an assessment has been completed, there will be a final review by the application and curriculum team. Decision letters will be emailed two weeks after the close of an assessment window stating if a student has been accepted, declined or wait-listed. Every attempt will be made to maintain this review schedule. However, to ensure fair and careful consideration of all applications, it may be necessary to extend a notification date.

If accepted, a student will receive an acceptance package that includes an Intent to Enroll letter. This letter needs to be completed and returned to the Academy in order to hold a space for the upcoming school year. If a student is not accepted, included in their letter will be an explanation of why an offer to attend the Academy is not being made at this time. We are unable to provide further information beyond the declination letter for students who are not accepted for the upcoming year.

Parents of accepted students will be contacted by the curriculum team early in the summer before their Academy start date to schedule a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) meeting. Depending on the student, additional information may be requested for ability grouping and placement purposes.

All enrollment forms and the first tuition payment are due no later than July 1. Student orientation will be held up to two weeks before school starts and all newly accepted students should plan to be available at this time. Details will be available by the end of May. Parent orientations will be held the week prior to the start of the school year. Courses are run in accordance with the Davidson Academy academic calendar, which follows the University of Nevada, Reno academic calendar for semester start and end dates.

Please note that Davidson Academy Online students must have a physical address and reside in the United States prior to the start of classes.