ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL 

Online High School - Admissions Process & Tuition

Application Timeline

UPDATE:  Davidson Academy Online High School Announces $5,000 Merit Scholarships and 8th Grade Option

Applications for 2017-2018 are still being considered through the end of May. Email online@davidsonacademy.unr.edu for details and please specify interest in either the eighth grade option or another grade at the Online High School.

The 2018-2019 application will open in October 2017.

Visit the Online High School's Qualification Criteria and How to Apply pages to start your application.

Application & Assessment Fee

The Davidson Academy Online High School 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.

Assessment Process

The Davidson Academy Online High School conducts a thorough assessment process modeled after the assessment best practices developed during the past decade at the Reno school. The goal of the assessment process is to determine goodness-of-fit between the Davidson Academy and applicants. We rely on the assessment process to identify applicants who are most likely to be successful and to contribute to the intellectual and social vitality of the school community. Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed by our admissions team to determine if the applicant is recommended for the assessment process. There are two stages to the assessment process.

Stage 1 - Objective Assessments

Students complete objective, online assessments in mathematics, science and reading to determine readiness. The online assessments will be available once the applicant is recommended for the assessment process. Students will have a maximum of two weeks to complete all assessments. All online assessments are proctored. Once a single assessment is started, it must be completed in the same sitting. All assessments have time limits. Detailed information about accessing the assessments will be sent by the Admissions and Records Manager once the applicant is recommended for the assessment process.

Stage 2  - Interactive Assessments

Students who show readiness for the Davidson Academy Online High School after the objective assessments are completed will be invited to take the writing assessment. This assessment requires students to respond to specific writing prompts, submit their writing digitally, receive feedback, revise their writing, and participate in a live group discussion about the topic. This stage of the assessment process is scheduled in advance and helps us determine students' writing readiness, critical thinking skills, ability to incorporate feedback into their writing, and the ability to participate effectively in online discussions.

Online interviews with Davidson Academy staff members may also be scheduled. Separate interviews will be scheduled for students and parents. The interview process gives everyone the opportunity to ask personalized questions to help determine whether the Online High School is a good fit for any particular student.

Course Placement

All newly accepted students will participate in a two week diagnostic period to ensure appropriate course placement. This two week period takes place before the start of classes.

For the 2017-18 school year, the required diagnostic and orientation period will start on Monday, August 14, and classes will start on Monday, August 28. Courses will run in accordance with the University of Nevada 2017-18 academic calendar, which has not yet been released. 

Tuition Information

The Davidson Academy is using a flexible tuition model for Online High School students living outside Nevada.This model takes into consideration annual family income, cost of living adjustment based on location of primary residence, the number of dependents in the household, and other relevant factors to determine a personalized tuition level for each family. Tuition is capped at $15,000. The flexible tuition model is calculated by completing a FAST application, part of which requires providing recent tax returns. Families who wish to know their tuition amount first, before completing a Davidson Academy Online High School application, may complete the FAST process at any time which is a $43 fee. 

Tuition covers all course materials for students; however, students will need a computer with a web camera and microphone. We highly recommend a desktop or laptop with a robust Internet connection for most coursework, as our live sessions use audio and video streaming.

Access the FAST application.