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ERIC Number: EJ788973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
A School for Unsqueaky Wheels
Van der Werf, Martin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n26 pA8 Mar 2008
The Davidson Academy of Nevada may have one of the most-intelligent student bodies in America, with each student required to be in the 99th percentile on IQ or achievement tests. But these kids need room to run and jump and have someone to talk to as much as any middle schooler. The 44 students now at the academy are at the precarious stage of early adolescence. Founded two years ago to serve profoundly gifted children, Academy students attend Davidson and the University of Nevada simultaneously, some earning nearly two years' worth of credits toward a bachelor's degree by the time they finish high school. Administrators say they have learned they are in charge of a social experiment, almost as much as of a school, and there is constant tension between the ages of students and the influences they might be exposed to on a college campus. Individual learning plans are developed for each student, but many parents say they have learned to trust their children's maturity when it comes to controversial material. The Academy is expected to grow to about 80 students this fall, and the founders hope to expand the school to as many as 300 students, and then may open other locations. "We might do two or three more some day, but that would be it," says founder Bob Davidson. By definition, only about 1 in 30,000 children can qualify for admittance. "There wouldn't be enough children around to fill all the seats."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada