This information was produced by the staff of the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (B-BC) at the University of Iowa (belinblank.org). The resources and information listed here are for informational purposes; there is no direct or implied endorsement by the B-BC. Services provided by the B-BC include programs for academically talented K-12 and college students, professional development for teachers, the Assessment and Counseling Clinic, the Acceleration Institute (accelerationinstitute.org), and graduate programs and research in gifted education.

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State Policies in Nevada  

Nevada does not have a state policy on acceleration. Local education agencies (LEAs) determine whether and to what extent acceleration is permitted.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergartenNo state policy; up to LEA to determine whether early entrance to kindergarten is permitted. In general, students must be 5 by June 1 to enter kindergarten. According to NRS 388.475, "Gifted and talented pupils may be admitted at the age of 4 years to special programs established for such pupils."
Early entrance to 1st gradeNevada does not allow early entrance into first grade. NRS 392.040 states that “If a child is not 6 years of age on or before September 30 of a school year, the child must not be admitted to the first grade until the beginning of the school year following his sixth birthday.” 
Whole-grade accelerationIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.
Early high school graduationGraduation requirements vary by district and year. Information about high school graduation can be found on the High School Graduation page.
Early entrance to collegeThe Davidson Academy of Nevada

Nevada has special regulations concerning university-based schools for profoundly gifted students, which are outlined in NRS Chapter 392A - Profoundly Gifted Pupils; University Schools for Profoundly Gifted Pupils.


Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or universityState policy leaves LEA to determine whether dual enrollment is permitted.
Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

No state policy; up to LEA to determine whether dual enrollment in middle and high school is permitted.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits, and more information is available on the Nevada Department of Education Advanced Placement webpage.
Talent Search

There is no in-state Talent Search for Nevada, but gifted students in NV can participate in regional and national talent searches, including those offered by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center and the Center for Bright Kids Western Academic Talent Search (WATS).

Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

State policy specifically permits proficiency-based promotion, and allows students to receive graduation credit for demonstrating proficiency. Each LEA determines methods of demonstrating proficiency, and grade/course advancement is an option after demonstrating proficiency.
Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Nevada Special Education Resources (includes gifted and talented)
Nevada Department of Education
You can e-mail the president of the Nevada Association for the Gifted & Talented, Sue Gurlides, at susieq6459@aol.com.

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2012-2013 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.