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What You Need to Know to Prepare for Gifted Online High School

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Davidson Academy Online offers the opportunity for students anywhere in the U.S. and Canada to learn alongside like-minded peers and earned a high school diploma.

General Information for Gifted High School Students

Gifted high school students have unique characteristics that help parents and educators identify them, though it’s still worth remembering that every student is different.

Some Signs of Giftedness in Students Include:

  • an ability to learn and process complex information rapidly
  • a need to explore subjects in surprising depth
  • ability to comprehend material several grade levels above their age peers
  • surprising emotional depth and sensitivity at a young age
  • absorbs information quickly with few repetitions needed

To determine the extent of your child’s abilities, learn about more characteristics and testing options.

If you already know your child is gifted, you’re most likely deciding which learning environment is right for your child. Gifted online high schools, such as Davidson Academy Online, empower students with a flexible, faster-paced education that accommodates their unique abilities. Here, they can explore niche subjects, interact with like-minded peers, and receive individualized instruction.

What You Need to Know About Gifted Online High Schooling

At Davidson Academy Online, we want to ensure that our students are not only academically gifted, but also ready to embrace the unique challenges and opportunities of online learning. Online schooling is a flexible and powerful medium, and we are committed to providing a supportive, engaging environment for gifted learners.

Curriculum Overview

Davidson Academy Online curriculum enables graduates to leave with a broad-based knowledge. The curriculum and assessment teams place students in core courses that are appropriately challenging and mentally stimulating for each student; we practice ability grouping instead of grouping by age. Since students are grouped by ability rather than age in core courses, they may progress through the core curriculum in different ways.

Davidson Academy Online’s overview of courses, credits and graduation requirements are available to provide a deeper dive into the school’s curriculum.

Individual Investment in Education

Gifted online high school can be a great option for profoundly gifted and twice-exceptional students. Because the student is at home/outside of the classroom for instruction, success relies heavily on the individual’s commitment to their education. Each student works with their counselor to develop an academic plan that is used to help them through the core curriculum and find elective classes based upon their interests. Additionally, these plans are a guiding star to ensure students will succeed based on their levels of ability, achievement, and motivation.

Tips for Creating a Workspace at Home

Once you and your child decide online schooling is the best fit for them, you should start planning their workspace. 

Take note of how your family uses your home and identify 1) which spaces are being over- and underutilized and 2) areas where certain activities are happening. These things will help you choose where to set up your child’s workspace. For example, you might notice that your child prefers a quiet corner for reading, but your kitchen table becomes the hub for online classes. 

If your child’s workspace is in the living room, for instance, you will want to create work-life boundaries. It can be as simple as adjusting lighting and background music to signal different parts of the day. 

By involving the whole family in setting up the learning workspace, you create a more pleasant and functional environment that serves the needs of both school and family life.

The Future is Bright, at Davidson Academy Online and Beyond

Gifted online high school is just one touchpoint of your child’s educational journey. Knowing this, we are dedicated to providing personalized college and career advising

Our compassionate Student Services Team evaluates your interests, offers valuable resources, and provides one-on-one support. School counselors are also available for discussions about a student’s secondary and post-secondary options. Typically, college advising commences in the ninth-grade year, ensuring students have ample time to explore possibilities.

Ready to Apply?

Here is a reminder of our eligibility requirements: 

  • Applicants must be under age 16 at the time of applying.
  • Applicants must reside within the United States or Canada. 
  • Applicants must meet or exceed a qualifying test score on one of the listed Accepted Tests.
  • Applicants must exhibit an academic level of advanced middle school or higher in core course subjects that meets placement requirements for Davidson Academy Online curriculum.
  • Applicant’s must demonstrate motivation, social and emotional maturity, and overall readiness for an intensely accelerated educational environment.

Find step-by-step instructions and get started on your application today

Check out Davidson Academy Online’s FAQs for information about additional testing information, fees outside of tuition, sibling discounts, and more

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