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Enriching Education. Fostering Community.

The Davidson Academy is rooted in the belief that every student should be challenged, engaged, and supported in a learning environment that places no limits on what they can achieve. We have created an educational space for profoundly gifted learners to flex their intellect, explore their passions, build their sense of self and community and learn alongside their intellectual peers.

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Davidson Academy Ranks High

The Davidson Academy was ranked the #1 best public high school in America by! The Academy also received the following accolades for Niche's 2024 rankings:

- Ranked #1 Best Public Middle School in America
- Ranked #1 Best Magnet High School in America
- Ranked #1 Best Public High School Teachers in America
- Ranked #1 Best Public Middle School Teachers in America

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Connecting highly gifted youth to their potential.

The Davidson Academy guides profoundly gifted youth to learn at a level that aligns with their abilities, in a nurturing environment that recognizes their potential and provides them with a sense of ownership over their education, abilities and individual growth.

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The Davidson Academy is specifically designed to meet the needs of profoundly gifted students. Our accredited classes group students by ability rather than age, offering middle and high school level curriculum. The Davidson Academy is centered on a rigorous academic environment where students can thrive among their intellectual peers. Our unique approach to learning has attracted families from across the country and globe.

How to apply


The 2024-2025 application is closed. The 2025-2026 application will open in late Summer.

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We match each student’s needs to a curriculum driven by ability grouping and flexibility, not a “one-size-fits-all” lockstep approach to education. An individualized education for each profoundly gifted middle and high school student gives each an opportunity to learn to the full extent of their abilities in a supportive environment with intellectual peers of similar age.

About the curriculum
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Student Life

The Davidson Academy is designed to be much more than just a school. At the Academy, students experience friendship with intellectual peers, extra-curricular activities, community involvement and more. 

A day in the life
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Davidson Academy graduate

The Davidson Academy is more than a laundry list of opportunities forged or found, it’s more than an ‘intellectual environment’, more than a ‘rigorous education’. It’s a home. Credits, resumes, numbers on a page, all fall away in the face of what is truly amazing about this place.

Grace Davidson Academy Graduate
Davidson Academy graduate

The social environment here is very warm and accepting of different people and viewpoints, and it’s collaborative instead of competitive. If a friend asks me how I did on an assignment, it’s not because they want to know if they did better than me; it’s because they care about my academic growth and want me to succeed.

Nathan M. Davidson Academy Graduate
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One thing is very clear. The school is here to help students who want to learn. You can see this quality in its specialized learning plan. Every year, during the first few weeks of the school year, the DA develops a personalized learning schedule for each student. This way, rather than being separated by grade, students are placed into classes based on their academic ability.

Aiden C. Davidson Academy Graduate
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“Academically, the Davidson Academy is a paradise. The teachers only care about their students succeeding. They are some of the nicest people that you will ever meet in your life, and they are quite open-minded to helping you change your homework load if needed. If you need help with anything, you can always ask your teacher to help you understand it, and they will help you.”

Alex Davidson Academy Student

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