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(775) 852-3483 ext. 425

The Davidson Academy of Nevada


  • 154 students are enrolled (2015-2016).

  • 137 students were enrolled (2014-2015).

  • 133 students were enrolled (2013-2014).

  • 126 students were enrolled (2012-2013).

  • 140 students were enrolled (2011-2012).

  • 123 students were enrolled (2010-2011).

  • 91 students were enrolled (2009-2010).

  • 70 students were enrolled (2008-2009).

  • 44 students were enrolled (2007-2008).

  • 35 students were enrolled (2006-2007).

  • Students range in age from 10 to 17.

  • Families have moved to Reno to attend the Academy from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Wyoming and one family from Australia.


  • Applicants must be performing at the advanced middle or high school level, or above, across all subject areas.

  • Applicants must score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ tests or at the extreme for their age groups on aptitude tests.


  • Unlike traditional school settings, Academy classes are organized by ability, not by age.

  • Students develop Personalized Learning Plans (PLP) to guide them through a rigorous core curriculum and choosing electives.

  • Courses are taught by licensed Nevada teachers, who receive special training on the needs of the profoundly gifted.

  • Subject areas include language and literature, mathematics, science, history, foreign languages, health and physical education and the arts.

  • Students attend middle and high school classes at the Academy and, when ready, may access University courses for advanced studies.

  • Extracurricular activities include an astronomy club, creative writing club, DECA, environmental club, robotics, school newspaper, philosophy, science club, student council and yearbook.


  • The Academy is the first free public school of its kind in the nation defined as a "university school for profoundly gifted pupils" in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 392A.


  • The Academy is located in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Jot Travis Building.  

  • The 30,000 square foot facility includes 11 classrooms, student study areas, music practice rooms, a school library and a courtyard.

  • Wireless Internet, SMART classroom technology and mobile systems are available throughout the building.

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