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How to Start a School or Program like the Davidson Academy

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This article is based on a collection of resources that the Davidson Institute and Davidson Academy staff compiled to send to people asking how to start a similar school or program.

The Davidson Institute is affiliated with the Davidson Academy, the only free public school of its kind for profoundly gifted students, and Davidson Academy Online, an online campus for those living anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

A proven leader in educating our nation’s brightest students, the Davidson Academy is recognized as an exceptional school for profoundly gifted students living in the Reno area. For those who are unable to relocate to Reno, parents can consider Davidson Academy Online (DAO).

The Davidson Academy was created through a Nevada state law (NRS 388C), which allowed for the creation of a “University School for Profoundly Gifted Pupils.”

We typically send the following information to people who express an interest in creating a similar school or program, which we hope you will find helpful. You may already be familiar with some of these resources:

Books & Websites


If you are outside the United States, we also suggest contacting the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children to see if they have any helpful resources to share. If you are located within the United States, we suggest contacting the National Association for Gifted Children and your state affiliate association, if one exists. We wish you the best in creating opportunities for gifted students, wherever you may live!


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