Early Entrance Programs

It can be a challenge to meet the daily academic needs of gifted middle and high school students, especially given today’s growing classroom size and limited resources. Early entrance to college can provide a viable option for some students who have the intellectual and emotional maturity to deal with the demands of college life. Early college entrance programs allow gifted students to be accelerated into college one or more years before the traditional age of college entrance.

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Considering the Options: A guidebook for Investigating Early College Entrance: Here are three early entrance programs you may find worth exploring:

Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college in a residential environment after the 10th or 11th grade.
  • Where: Great Barrington, MA
  • Tuition: $39,380 (merit and need-based scholarships are available)
  • Age: Students may apply after completing the 10th or 11th grade
California State University, Los Angeles Early Entrance Program
The Early Entrance Program (EEP) accepts qualified students as young as 11 years old and offers a large community of gifted students. EEP offers students full-time college and a vast support network to help students be successful.
  • Where: Los Angeles, CA
  • Tuition: Approximate yearly cost between $3,500 and $4,500
  • Age: Applicants must be older than 11 and not yet over 16 years old by June 1st in the year of application.
The Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center
The early entrance program at the Robinson Center facilitates early entry to the University of Washington for a selected group of 16 highly-capable students under the age of 15.
  • Where: Seattle, WA
  • Tuition: $12,000
  • Age: Under 15 years old

Davidson Institute Updates


Davidson Young Scholar Applications Available

The FREE, national Davidson Young Scholars program helps profoundly gifted students discover others with similar interests and abilities, utilizing their skills and talents to maximize their educational potential and make a positive difference. Parents collaborate with a skilled team of Family Consultants who provide individualized services based on each family’s unique needs, in the areas of educational advocacy, social and emotional development, talent development and more! Read Young Scholar Success Stories about how the program has made a difference in these students’ lives. Applications are due the 14th of each month. Apply today!


The Davidson Academy of Nevada

Learn what makes The Davidson Academy unique from firsthand accounts of those who know the school best – students, parents, instructors and staff – in this new video, which offers an overview for prospective students and parents. Hear about the school’s curriculum, social atmosphere and the Reno-Tahoe area. Subscribe to the DavidsonAcademyNV YouTube channel where you can rate and comment on all the videos posted.

Free Online Resources Provided by the Davidson Institute

The Davidson Institute offers several free online resources.

With more than 3,000 registered members, the Gifted Issues Discussion Forum provides a free meeting place for parents and educators wanting to discuss a myriad of gifted topics.

The Davidson Institute's free eNewsletter, the eNews-Update, provides up-to-date gifted-related news every other month. It is a great read for students, parents and educators in search of the latest gifted news, studies and developments, state-specific legislation updates, events and more. Read past issues posted on the eNews-Update Archive Page and subscribe today.

The Davidson Gifted Database provides a Google search component for easy keyword searches to help students, parents and educators pinpoint a wealth of gifted information. The Database also houses our state policy map, where you can see how gifted-friendly your state is.

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