November 2016 Davidson Academy Prospective Student eNewsletter

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November 2016

 From the Director

Davidson Academy - NEW Online High School Option

We are excited to announce the launch of a new full-time online high school option for students living anywhere in the United States, opening for the 2017-2018 academic year!

The Davidson Academy will now offer two educational choices for students – the online high school for those living anywhere in the U.S. and the day school on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The Academy is a proven leader in educating our nation’s brightest students. Since 2006, the Davidson Academy has been recognized as an exceptional school for profoundly gifted middle and high school students already living in the Reno area and those who can move to Nevada.

For those who cannot move, we are happy to now offer this full-time online high school option, which reflects the Davidson Academy’s commitment to the profoundly gifted student population by offering a rigorous online academic environment where these students can thrive among their intellectual peers. The online high school will feature:
  • Accredited courses
  • Live sessions
  • Small class sizes
  • Quality peer interactions
We hope you consider applying for one of these exceptional opportunities!

~ Colleen Harsin, Director of the Davidson Academy

  Davidson Academy's Online High School

A New Online Option for Profoundly Gifted Students

The application for the new online high school is now available! For the 2017-2018 academic year, the online high school will include courses for incoming freshmen and sophomores, with courses for juniors and seniors to be added in subsequent years. The curriculum is two to three years accelerated and all courses are accredited.

Applicants must be 12 to 15 years old as of Sept. 30, 2017, submit ACT or SAT scores for incoming 9th and 10 graders according to the Online High School Qualification Criteria and commit to being full-time students. This age requirement will be expanded upward as even more advanced high school courses are added in future years.

For Nevada residents, both options – attending either the online or Reno school – are free, and there is no application and assessment fee. However, out-of-state students must pay a $100 application and assessment fee. If accepted, out-of-state students must also pay tuition.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017 and, if space remains available, late applications will be considered until April 15, 2017. Please visit the Online High School's How to Apply page.

  Davidson Academy's Reno School

2017-2018 Application Now Available

A free public day school for profoundly gifted middle and high school students located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, the Davidson Academy is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. If you are looking for an environment to better fit your social and academic needs, the Davidson Academy may be the place for you!

Classes are grouped by ability level, rather than by age-based grades, thereby providing profoundly gifted young people an educational opportunity matched to their abilities, strengths and interests. To attend, students must be at the middle or high school level across all subject areas and score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance tests, such as the ACT or SAT. Please visit the Davidson Academy's Qualification Criteria and How to Apply pages. On the Application Review Process page, you will find detailed information about the on-site assessment. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis with a final application deadline of Jan. 15, 2017.


The Davidson Academy frequently hosts tours for prospective students and their parents. At these tours, prospective students and their parents meet current Academy students, parents, faculty and staff, and ask specific questions about the school. Upcoming school tours will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the following Fridays (RSVP Required): Nov. 18 and Dec. 9.

If you would like more information, please email

  In the News

National Merit Scholarship

Nineteen Davidson Academy of Academy students were named 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-Finalists: Paolo Adajar, Shashank Addagarla, Melissa Bak, Michael Bogert, Will Combs, Maya Gupta, Hayley Haas, Anna Hayes, Ameen Homayoon, Hannah Huh, Breanna Kjoll, Rinik Kumar, Eric Liu, Matthew Oakley, Ian Oh, Elizabeth Phelan, Dhruv Rohatgi, Michelle Vesser and Mariceli Wu. These students are in the process of completing their applications to be considered for Finalist status, which is an additional honor that may also result in scholarship considerations. The Class of 2017 at the Academy has more semi-finalists than any other high schools in Reno. Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

“I think that one of the most valuable things the Academy does is provide an environment where everyone’s not only able to let their quirkiness free . . . but also able to learn how to be a functional human being who can live and work in the real world. The friendships here are about depth, not breadth, which is fitting for a small school.”

Haydn Bradstreet, Davidson Academy Graduate


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