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Davidson Academy Courses

In 2006, the Davidson Academy opened on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno as the first free public school of its kind for profoundly gifted students. The Davidson Academy’s classes group students by ability rather than age, offering middle and high school-level curricula for exceptionally gifted students ages 9 and up. Our unique approach to learning has attracted families from across the country and the globe.

The Davidson Academy is designed to be much more than just a school. Students experience friendship with like-minded peers, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, and more. The Davidson Academy is a fully-accredited school for exceptionally gifted students and has centered on interpersonal and instructional-based learning, creating a vibrant atmosphere with intellectual energy and dialogue. As the school has grown, the Academy has evolved to offer an increasing number of opportunities, while still providing a laser-sharp focus on the individual student.


5 Credits

The Davidson Academy offers over 40 different gifted electives classes which change yearly based on student interest. Students may design and teach their own elective courses as approved by the administration.

We separate our electives classes into 3 categories: the arts, physical education, and miscellaneous.

Dual Enrollment: University of Nevada, Reno

Currently, students are taking one or more courses at the University of Nevada, Reno, or other institution in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) under our dual enrollment agreement. These courses include the following:

How to Apply

The 2024-2025 application is now available! See details about the application process to prepare for the 2025-2026 application.

Application details

Graduation Requirements

The Davidson Academy Diploma is considered an advanced high school diploma in the state of Nevada. Diplomas are awarded based on the following requirements:

  • Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0
  • 28 total credits required – 23 required, 5 electives


The primary focus of the Davidson Academy’s curriculum is for Academy graduates to leave with a solid, broad-based foundation of knowledge.

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Davidson Academy Accreditation

The Davidson Academy is accredited by AdvancED, which recently merged with Measured Progress to form Cognia. The Academy has constantly been recognized for promoting and maintaining a well-balanced education program and for meeting or exceeding standards considered essential for quality education.