Online High School - Qualification Criteria

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 for details  and please specify interest in either the eighth grade option or another grade at the Online High School.

The Davidson Academy Online High School is specifically designed to meet the needs of profoundly gifted high school students. 

Students applying for the Academy's Online High School must be 12 years old as of Sept. 30 (in the school year for which they are applying), have completed at least the age appropriate grade (or the equivalent, if homeschooled), and have qualifying SAT or ACT test scores (see scores below).

Students may apply for eighth grade, which is designed to be prepartory for the Academy Online High School. Ideally,  eighth grade applicants will have completed one to two years of middle school prior to applying.

All applicants are required to submit a full score report from AT LEAST ONE of the following tests.


(Administered during the past two years)

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Qualified applicants must provide scores that meet or exceed the Verbal/Critical Reading OR Math OR Combined scores as indicated in the following table.

SAT For Incoming 8th Grade For Incoming 9th Grade For Incoming 10th Grade
700 720 750
720 740 760
1420 1460
If you completed the SAT prior to 2016, the score converter is available from the College Board.  

Please note: The writing section of the SAT will be considered as supplementary information.

ACT Assessment (ACT)

Qualified applicants must provide score reports that meet or exceed at least 3 out of 5 scores of those indicated in the following table.

ACT For Incoming 8th Grade For Incoming 9th Grade For Incoming 10th Grade
English 30 33 34
28 32 33
31 33
Science Reasoning
28 31
28 31

  • The published testing criteria were established in consultation with national academic talent search organizations and other professionals in gifted education.
  • Following initial review of an application, additional testing may be requested of applicant.
  • Detection of omitted or falsified information may result in terminating the application review process or revoking acceptance and/or enrollment.

For testing requirement questions, please contact To learn more about the application process, visit the Online High School's How to Apply and Admissions Process & Tuition pages.