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   Student to Student
Dear Prospective Student,

My name is Justin Otor, and I’ve just completed my fourth and final year at The Davidson Academy. It’s possible that you’ve been exposed to this school for the same reason I was: you have a passion for learning that isn’t currently being met. If that scenario is remotely similar to yours, then I can assure you that you’ve found the right place. I might venture to say that the Academy reeks of learning; a chance to do so awaits behind nearly every corner of the school.

As you may know, opportunities to learn can present themselves in a variety of ways and places. This variety is only enhanced at The Davidson Academy. If you came, you would have instant access to the Academy’s own thought-provoking classes, where our bright teachers are given the liberty to guide classes in directions formerly unknown to newer students. An even larger number of fascinating courses are available through the University of Nevada, Reno.

However, it’s not only teachers who do the teaching here. Our small collection of students has a remarkably wide range of interests. In the same day, you could find yourself talking about topics like existentialism and differential equations, in addition to your typical brand of sophomoric humor and conversation . . . with an intellectual twist. Enough chatting with students like these would inevitably teach you something new nearly every day, even without access to classes like ours.

As it relates to my pursuit of knowledge, my time at The Davidson Academy has been exactly what I was hoping for. Since I came, I have suffered very few uninteresting days. Even though I won’t be there to see it, I’m already convinced that your experience will be just as positive, if not better. In the meantime, I’ll be off trying to make my mark at Princeton—and I can definitely credit the Academy with giving me the know-how to do so.

~ Justin Otor, Recent Davidson Academy Graduate

   Program Updates
The Right Fit for You?
While the deadline to submit applications for the 2012-2013 school year has passed, it’s not too early to think about 2013-2014. If you are looking for an environment to better fit your social and academic needs, The Davidson Academy of Nevada may be the place for you!

If you are interested in applying to The Davidson Academy for the 2013-2014 school year, the application will be posted in July 2012. Please review the Qualification Criteria and How to Apply pages of our website for more information. The Academy is specifically designed to meet the needs of profoundly gifted middle and high school students who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance tests, such as the SAT or ACT. On the Application Review Process page, you will find detailed information about the on-site assessment.

   Academics - Guidance Counseling
The Academy’s Guidance Counselors work closely with students, faculty and the administration to create and monitor each student’s Personalized Learning Plan (PLP). The Guidance Counselors are also available to provide assistance with educational issues or other concerns. In all aspects of student service, the entire staff works together to ensure that each student is encouraged to grow socially and emotionally as well as academically. Students are guided in identifying and developing their unique talents and abilities, counseling for the college application process, the procurement of scholarships, and access to professional areas of interest and career counseling.

   Web Updates

  • The 2012-2013 Davidson Academy School Profile has just been posted to the Academy website. It provides information on the Academy's background, students, mission statement, goals, core values, eligibility criteria, curriculum, graduation requirements and more. View the PDF here.
  • The new Course List page takes a look at the most recent Academy course offerings for high school credit, as well as the most recent courses students have taken at the University of Nevada, Reno, under our dual enrollment agreement.
  • Academy graduates from the classes of 2008 through 2012 have been accepted to the colleges listed on the Our Graduates page.
   In the News
Academy Student Featured on CNN's The Next List
Academy student Taylor Wilson was featured on CNN's The Next List for his numerous accomplishments while at the Academy and his profound interest in nuclear physics. Click here for a snippet of the video. Read the transcript of the feature here. Taylor also wrote an op-ed for CNN titled, "Why we need nuclear energy."

In addition, Taylor was interviewed on the PandoDaily YouTube channel, during which he speaks about his goals of solving the world's energy crisis and curing cancer.

Davidson Academy“All the students are here to learn, so the student body and social life encourage studying and learning new things above all else. Hallway conversations tend to revolve around interpretations of Plato or debates over political theories, helping students to learn even when they are not in class.”

Ashley Van Havel, Davidson Academy Graduate (pictured at right)


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