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Gifted Curriculum for High School

The gifted curriculum for high school at the Davidson Academy is not structured around a traditional high school program but is instead based on college-level course work. Teachers utilize age- and developmentally-appropriate teaching methods. These classes include multiple opportunities for students to earn points toward final grades, and they assist students with written expression across the curriculum such that they may engage in college level material in a manner appropriate to secondary students. If a student exhausts classes offered at the Davidson Academy in one or more subjects, they may have the option to enroll in courses at the University of Nevada, Reno. Students are enrolled in the University of Nevada, Reno through the Honors Program, giving them access to some smaller-sized courses and early registration.

High School Gifted Courses

The Davidson Academy’s classes group students by ability rather than age, offering high school-level curricula for exceptionally gifted students ages 9 and up. We are a fully-accredited school for exceptionally gifted students and have centered on interpersonal and instructional-based learning, creating a vibrant atmosphere with intellectual energy and dialogue.

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Prospective Learning Plan (PLP)

The PLP is an adaptable document that is used to guide students through a rigorous core curriculum and help them make elective decisions based on their interests and commensurate with their levels of ability, achievement, and motivation.

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Teaching Methods

High school courses at the Academy are taught by a variety of licensed secondary teachers, university professors, and qualified community members. Teacher selection is based upon a combination of traits which include professional qualifications, sincere warmth, ingenuity, and passion for their subject areas and for teaching.

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Academics FAQs

Here you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about the Davidson Academy’s academic offerings and gifted curriculum for high school. Learn more about class sizes, logistics of university course offerings, and other specific information about the Davidson Academy’s unique educational approach.

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