Not long ago, we heard from a teacher at the Davidson Academy of Nevada, located at the University of Nevada-Reno. The Davidson Academy is the nation's first public school for profoundly gifted children. I thought it would be fun to hear from a student as well. Today we're talking with Alex Wade, 11, a student in his first year there.
GE: Why did you decide to attend the Davidson Academy?
Alex: At my old school, I was bored because the material covered was too easy for me. Also, I had trouble finding kids like me that I could make friends with easily.
GE: Describe a typical day. How is it different from your previous schools?
Alex: 1st period I take Algebra I, 2nd period I take History, 3rd period I take English, then a break for lunch, in 4th period Digital Media, in 5th study hall, and in 6th Chemistry. The classes themselves and the teachers are different from my old school in that they are more accommodating towards gifted students and the classes are harder and are not at the same exact level as each other.
GE: What kind of student do you think would do best at a place like the Davidson Academy?
Alex: A student who can meet deadlines, is self-motivated, curious, and does not goof off.
GE: Are there things you and your fellow students do at the Davidson Academy (or ways you learn) that you think other schools could try?
Alex: Matching classes up with students by ability and not age or grade, and teachers who do not lecture, but converse with the students and respect the opinions of the students.