National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents

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National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents
Type Selective schools
Established 1976

National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET; Persian: سازمان ملی پرورش استعدادهای درخشانSāzmān-e Melli-ye Parvareŝ-e Este'dādhā-ye Deraxŝān, or سمپاد SAMPAD) are national selective schools (secondary schools with entry at 11 year, and 13 years) in Iran developed specifically for the development of exceptionally talented students.

Current status; suspended


The organization was first founded in 1976 as the National Iranian Organization for Gifted and Talented Education (NIOGATE).The original faculty were trained by a visiting group of educators from the United States.[1] These schools were shut down for a few years after the revolution, but later re-opened. In 1988 The Organization renamed to National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents. The manager of the organization was Javad Ezhe'i who managed this organization from 1988 to 2009. Then Dr. Etemadi was the manager for a short time, and now, the new manager is Dr. Ghaffari.


The schools for girls are named Farzanegan School and the boys' schools have different names in different cities. Some of the schools are: Beheshti High Schools in Semnan, Sabzevar, Zanjan, Ahwaz, Kashan, Kermanshah, Tonekabon, Sanandaj, Ilam, Shahrekord, Sari, Amol, Ghaemshahr, Urmia, Bojnurd, Babol, Gorgan, Borujerd and Maragheh, Allameh Helli in Tehran, Hamedan and Arak, Shahid Babaei Highschool in Qazvin, Madani in Tabriz, Shahid Soltani School and Farzanegan School in Karaj, Darolfonoun in Shariar, Haghani in Bandar Abbass, Hashemi Nejad School in Mashhad,Sheikh Ansari High School in Dezful, Dastgheib High school in Shiraz, Shahid Ejei High School in Isfahan, Mirza Koochak Khan in Rasht, and Sadoughi in Yazd.

Honours and Alumni

NODET Students have usually been successful in different competitive exams and competitions such as Konkour(Iranian National Universities Entrance Exam),Scientific and literature olympiads, Khawrazmi International Award, RoboCup Competitions etc. As an example NODET students have won more than 250 medals at the International Science Olympiads. Among the alumni of NODET there are many successful academics and individuals. One very well-known example is Prof. Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-American mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University, who was the first woman and the first Iranian honored with the Fields Medal (the most prestigious award in mathematics).

Admission to schools

Admission to NODET schools is selective and based on a comprehensive nationwide entrance examination procedure. Every year thousands of students apply to enter the schools, from which less than 1% are chosen for the 99 middle schools and 98 high-schools within the country. Students have only two chances of admission to the school during their studies. The first chance is when they are in grade 5 elementary school and the second chance is grade 9. If a student is accepted when (s)he was at grade 5 then (s)he will be re-evaluated at grade 9, with others that were not successful in their first try, to ensure (s)he is still qualified to pursue his/her studies further at NODET. Each entrance exam includes two tests devised to measure intelligence and talent of the participants rather than their acquired knowledge. Once students are considered competitive, they are allowed to take the first test, the result of which determines if they are allowed to take the second test. The source of questions is not pre-announced.

The style of the questions in the entrance exam varies from one exam (or one section of the exam) to another, but rather unusual types of questions are included in the exams each year. There are some questions that describe a certain phenomena and a problem surrounding it, asking the student to choose from one of the four possible answers, but also describe the reason of their choice. And the evaluation of the answer wouldn't be based on the choice, but on the described reason, trying to distinguish students with higher reasoning abilities. To mention another uncommon type of question, starting with a brief introduction on a certain scientific concept that most students don't have any knowledge about, the student is given a problem with enough description to make the student be able to solve the problem through mental mathematical calculations, scientific reasoning or even their instinct, making it possible for students with different types of problem solving skills to be selected.

All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 19 (out of 20) for attending the entrance exam. In 2006 87,081 boys and 83,596 girls from 56 cities applied, and finally 6,888 students were accepted for the 2007 middle schools.[2]

Statistics show that NODET alumni usually pursue higher education until post-graduate level.

See also


  1. ^ A Brief History of NIOGATE: An Experiment in Gifted Education in Iran. San Francisco: National Association for Gifted Children. 1979. 
  2. ^ NODET official website,, 2018

External links

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