What's New in Gifted
Reporting SAT Scores - A New Approach
The College Board is offering a new option for those taking the SAT test: Students who take the test on multiple occasions can now choose which scores they wish to send to colleges. The new reporting method, called
Score Choice, is designed to relieve stress from students who feel pressure to score high and get into their preferred colleges. This could be a benefit to gifted and talented students attempting to gain entry into top universities. However, some
colleges, such as Stanford and the University of Southern California, will not accept Score Choice. |
Early College Opportunities with a Unique Twist
More and more gifted high schoolers are taking advantage of an emerging trend – studying abroad while earning college credit at the same time. Organizations such as
Learning Programs International allow high school students the opportunity to attend universities all over the world, presenting unique opportunities to learn new languages, experience unfamiliar cultures and explore
new geographic areas. Other programs that offer this opportunity can be found at
Innovation and Discovery|
Are you interested in a summer experience filled with friends, lab learning, innovative experiences, entrepreneurship and excitement? The International Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Science and Technology in collaboration with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Stanford University, is pleased to present the 1st annual International Innovation Camp,
for students ready for graduate-level research. Please visit
www.ifest.info for details on this great opportunity!
The Davidson Academy of Nevada
| 2009-2010 Academy Application Final Deadline – April 1, 2009|
The final date to submit applications for
The Davidson Academy's 2009-2010 school year is fast approaching! It is recommended that applicants take the SAT by March 14 or the Explore test by February 21 in order to meet the application deadline of April 1. Applications can be found on the
How to Apply page and consist of three downloadable documents. The Davidson Academy of Nevada is specifically designed to meet the needs of profoundly gifted middle and high school students at the sixth grade level and beyond who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance tests, such as the SAT or ACT. Please review the
Test Score Criteria page as these scores are mandatory for student eligibility. Visit the
Application Review Process page to learn more about the admissions process.
Upcoming Tours for Prospective Students
Since the beginning of the school year, prospective students and their families have been visiting the Academy for informational monthly tours. Taking a tour provides the opportunity to ask specific questions, hear from current students and Academy parents, familiarize yourself with faculty and staff, and network with others.
Visit the Academy for a tour on one of the following dates:
is required for these
Prospective students interested in receiving email updates about the Academy can sign up for the free
Explore The Davidson Academy eNewsletter by
clicking here to subscribe.
- Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
- Thursday, March 26, 2009
- Thursday, April 16, 2009
- Friday, Aug. 14, 2009
Join the brand-new Davidson Academy of Nevada Discussion Forum
This forum is designed to be a “welcome wagon” for prospective parents considering the Academy for their children. Families of prospective Davidson Academy students and current Academy families will interact and discuss community, employment, housing, sibling issues and more.
It isn't too early to
begin thinking about your summer plans! Enjoy three weeks of challenging, college-level work while making new friends and living on the University of Nevada, Reno campus! If you will be 13 to 16 years old during the THINK Summer Institute, which runs July 11 through August 1, you can apply with test results that meet or exceed designated
ACT scores listed at
THINKers have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the University campus where The Davidson Academy of Nevada is located, along with some of the professors who teach Academy students, and attend cultural events in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area. Tuition is $2,700 and includes course credits, room and board, and the cost of planned programs and activities. Financial assistance is available based on need. Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until
April 22, 2009.
2009 Davidson Fellows
Applications for the 2009
Fellows scholarships are available
online. Young people under the age of 18 have the opportunity to win a
$50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of a significant piece of
work in the categories of Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music, Literature
and Philosophy, or a project that represents Outside the Box thinking. The
application deadline is March 4, 2009.
Davidson Young Scholars
Davidson Young Scholars program supports profoundly intelligent students and their parents in the areas of educational advocacy, social and emotional development, talent development and peer connections.
The first-ever cohort of the
Young Scholar Ambassadors is finishing up their training this spring. These 12 Ambassadors-In-Training
complete incredible community service projects that are sure to make a huge impact in their communities. The Ambassador Program is designed to encourage Young Scholars to become involved in their communities through the development and implementation of
original community service projects. Accepted Young Scholars receive extensive online seminar training and one-on-one advisement from a member of the Davidson
Institute's Ambassador Team. We look forward to expanding this opportunity to more and more Young Scholars in the future. Be sure to keep an eye out for young people doing amazing things in your community, they might just be a Young Scholar Ambassador!
The Davidson Institute's
Educators Guild is a free national service for active elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators, as well as other professionals who are committed to meeting the unique academic needs of gifted students. Become a member today and become a part of an online community of more than 1,000 professional educators and access free consulting services and Educators Guild publications.
2008 Year-End Summary
At the end of 2008, the Davidson Institute was providing direct support to 1,429 profoundly intelligent young people through the Davidson Young Scholars program, Davidson Fellows and the THINK Summer Institute; serving 1,387 members of the Educators Guild; and throughout the year, provided indirect support to 13,634 eNews-Update subscribers and 1,022,948 people who received indirect support via the Institute’s websites:
View the 2008 Annual Report
Legislative & Policy News
Jacob Javits Gifted and
Talented Students Education Act – Funding for Javits, the only federal source of funding for gifted and talented education, will remain at $7.5 million for Fiscal Year 2009. The Department of Education funded seven grants totaling $2,639,726 in 2008. View the
2008 Javits grantees listing.
CALIFORNIA – With lawmakers considering Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to give schools more flexibility, freeing them from spending money on specific state-required programs, a number of parents fear programs for gifted students will vanish.
Read about their concerns in this
San Francisco Chronicle article.
– Highly gifted 4- and 5-year-olds in Grand Junction can
start school a year early thanks to a new policy recently passed by the
district’s Board of Education. These students must first pass a rigorous testing
process to determine if they are ready to handle the rigors of school. Source:
– Pre-K through third grade gifted students could benefit from a new school due to open in August. United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Florida, a nonprofit agency specializing in childhood development, is breaking ground on a 32,000-square-foot
East Orange/Bailes campus in Central Florida Research Park. The school is designed to help students learn at their own pace, with a teacher-student ratio of about 1-to-5, and provide individualized attention. Source:
The Collier County School District recently made a number of changes to its gifted program, which are of concern to many area parents. The changes include placing gifted children in classrooms with students of all abilities. Source:
Naples Daily News
– A recent proposal would modify Flexible Opportunities that Change
Us (FOCUS), an accelerated program for third- and fourth-graders in
the Noblesville School District. The proposal would call for FOCUS
to identify students as “high-ability,” potentially doubling the
amount of students in the program. Also, services would expand to
include language arts, math, science and social studies. Currently,
FOCUS students are only offered reading and math. Source:
– Western Kentucky University recently received a $2 million federal grant as part of the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act. The program, known as GEMS (Gifted Education in Math and Science) is designed to identify and foster interest in these subjects among minority and low-income elementary students. Source:
Bowling Green Daily News
– Due to budget constraints, new programs for Foxboro's gifted and talented students are unlikely next year. A local task force is currently searching for other options to improve student achievement in the district.
The Sun Chronicle
– The Montgomery County School District is proposing dropping the gifted label. Officials are considering abandoning the policy that sorts high-achieving second-grade students into classes labeled as “gifted.” Proponents of the plan say that it will help break the invisible wall between those labeled as “gifted” and other students, without changing instruction that high-achieving students receive. Some parents are worried that removal of the label could result in a decreased commitment to gifted education. Sources:
Washington Post –
Dec. 16, 2008,
Dec. 22, 2008,
– A school for “exceptionally gifted” students has been proposed by the Minnetonka School District. After at least 50 students in grades 3-5 were identified as gifted (22 percent of the student population), the district saw a need to form a school with multi-age classrooms for students who demonstrate very high intelligence. The school board will likely vote on the proposal in February or March. Source:
View the full proposal.
– Rep. Sara Lampe recently filed a bill that would progress the state of gifted education in Missouri. Currently, gifted programming is not mandated. Source:
– Proposed budget cuts would eliminate the gifted and talented program in the Douglas County School District. Source:
– The number of entry-level gifted and talented students in Staten Island dropped by more than half this school year, sparking anger from local legislators about the testing process. Source:
Staten Island Advance
– Last year, Gov. Ted Strickland employed the Seniors to Sophomores program, which allows Ohio high school seniors the opportunity to earn free college credit. Read how the program has recently benefitted one such student in this
Ironton Tribune article.
– Recommendations to provide gifted children with more challenging individualized education plans have been proposed in the Allentown School District. The proposal also calls for earlier, better training on identifying gifted students. Source:
The Morning Call
– A new bill that would give school districts flexibility in spending state dollars has been proposed. House Bill 3352 is causing concern for some parents of gifted and talented children, who fear that the bill will put gifted programs at risk. Sources:
The Beaufort Gazette,
The Island Packet
The Special Education Department at Jasper Middle School is offering a “gifted” program for the first time. Source:
Marion County Newspapers.
How gifted-friendly is your state? Find out at:
Gifted Education Policies.
If you know of new legislation, please contact the
On the Web
Read Laura Vanderkam's take on all things gifted, with recent posts
- Gifted Education in the Time of Budget Cuts – This has been a year of dreary economic news. What does this mean for gifted education programs across the country?
- Television and Kids – What are your household rules when it comes
to television? Are any shows particularly worth the time for gifted kids?
Davidson Gifted Database – Featured Resources
In the News
Feb. 18, 2009 - Reno Gazette-Journal,
Intel International Science Fair seeks volunteers
Feb. 16, 2009 - Sammamish Review,
Tales of a sixth-grade genius
Feb. 16, 2009 - Washington Post,
The Case for National Standards
2009 - Washington Post,
Plan to Move Gifted Program Negated
Feb. 13, 2009 -
The Daily Record,
Madison teen knows practice is truly key
Feb. 12, 2009 -
Detroit Metro Parent,
Sacrifice for child's education personal, not selfish
Jan. 28, 2009 -
Meet the whiz kids: Intel Science Talent Search
Jan. 25, 2009 -
St. Petersburg Times,
Bright students still bored
Jan. 16, 2009 - Washington Post,
Misguided Colleges Skewer SAT Score Choice
Jan. 15, 2009
Education Professor Dispels Myths About Gifted Children
Jan. 8, 2009 - Boston.com,
Young inventor takes his responsibilities seriously
Dec. 10, 2008 -
Real kids, real research
Dec. 8, 2008 - Scientific American,
High Stakes High School Science: Competitions Net 6-Figure
Dec. 1, 2008 - ScienceDaily,
Using Challenging Concepts To Learn Promotes Understanding Of New Material
Discuss these stories and more on the
Gifted Issues Discussion Forum.
for Gifted Education - National Curriculum Network Conference
Converse with fellow gifted education professionals on topics such as curriculum, instruction, and assessment for high-ability learners at the
Center for Gifted Education’s 14th National Curriculum Network Conference,
March 11-13, 2009 in Williamsburg, Va. The conference will focus on special materials, practices, and curriculum approaches that are responsive to the needs of gifted students.
for Gifted Education Annual Conference - Cultivating Creative Minds and Forward Thinkers
Some of the most distinguished experts in gifted education will present at the 2009 PAGE Gifted Conference,
April 16-18 in King of Prussia, Penn.
Keynote presentations include “Creativity is the Most Important Thing We Can Teach Our Children in the New Millennium” and “The Ten Smartest Things We Already Know That Work for the Gifted: It’s Time to Use Them!”
States with Upcoming Gifted
For more, see the
Events Calendar on
Davidson Gifted Database, your gateway
to gifted resources!
"Our global society faces sharp problems which can only be solved by sharper minds."
~ Davidson Academy
Detroit Metro Parent article