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Explore: Online Courses for Gifted Middle School Students

The 2023 application is now closed and will reopen this winter.

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Online Single-Subject Courses for Gifted Students for ages 9-13

Davidson Explore is an online program for gifted middle school students to take à la carte courses in math, science, and humanities.

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Qualified gifted students, ages 9-13, can take advanced, single-subject online middle school courses in math, science, and humanities with Davidson Explore. Different from other online middle school courses, this year-long gifted program helps students develop their academic and social skills by giving them a platform to learn at their academic level.

The 2023-2024 application is now closed. For more information on how to prepare for the 2024-2025 application, please review our eligibility information.

Program Benefits

  • Seven rigorous, single-subject courses

  • Live, dynamic sessions with like-minded peers

  • Asynchronous learning activities

  • Experienced, caring instructors

Courses and Scheduling

Our advanced, online middle-school level courses for gifted students are available throughout the year in a range of subject areas, including math, science, and humanities. Courses have live sessions and utilize pre-recorded videos.

How to Apply for Explore

The 2023-2024 application is now closed. The 2024-2025 application will open in late 2023. See details about the application process and decision process calendar.

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Tuition and Fees

The application fee is due at the time of application. Tuition for each full-year course is $1,150. Financial aid is available for Davidson Young Scholars.

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“Our daughter has come miles in the last three months in both of her Explore courses - not only in maturity and in confidence, but in ability to think critically and be ready for new challenges. Her teachers are terrific instructors. It really is amazing to see how much she's learning and realize that she has this opportunity in this gifted program!”

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Virtual Open Houses

Each session will discuss the application and assessment process, course expectations, and characteristics of successful students.

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Explore or Davidson Academy Online?

The Davidson Institute and Davidson Academy Online each offer dynamic and engaging online learning opportunities to qualified gifted students.

Explore offers gifted students ages 9-13 an opportunity to enrich their education by taking advanced online middle school courses adapted from the Davidson Academy’s rigorous curriculum. For those looking for à la carte courses, Davidson Explore may be the best option. 

Davidson Academy Online offers gifted learners two options: full-time enrollment or single-course enrollment. For both options, it is recommended that applicants, at minimum, have 6th grade in progress. Davidson Academy Online leverages cutting-edge technology to create a new, highly personalized model of online education at our accredited, robust online community. 

For more information on the differences between Davidson Academy Online and Davidson Institute’s Explore program, check out our Davidson Online Learning Infographic.

*Davidson Insisiutes Explore credits are not transferable to Davidson Academy Online.

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