Duke TIP

Center

Students who qualify for the Center for Summer Studies represent the highest-scoring students in Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search. The courses offered at the Center for Summer Studies are some of the most challenging and rigorous available to academically gifted students in the country.  

Eligibility

At the Center for Summer Studies, students qualify for specific courses based on their scores on subsections of the ACT or SAT. Only students who qualify at the Center level are eligible for the Center for Summer Studies. The table below provides more information about score requirements.

Score Table A

Eligibility for math, science, and technology courses

If test was taken in 7th grade:If test was taken in 8th grade:
SAT scoreACT scoreSAT scoreACT score
M ≥ 570 or
M ≥ 520 and CR ≥520 or
M ≥ 520 and WR ≥570
M ≥ 20 or
S ≥ 24 or
M ≥ 19 and E ≥ 25 or
M ≥ 19 and R ≥ 24
M ≥ 610 or
M ≥ 560 and CR ≥ 520 or
M ≥ 520 and CR ≥ 560 or
M ≥ 520 and WR ≥ 610 or
M ≥ 560 and WR ≥ 570
M ≥ 23 or
S ≥ 25 or
M ≥ 19 and E ≥ 28 or
M ≥ 22 and E ≥ 25 or
M ≥ 19 and R ≥ 25 or
M ≥ 22 and R ≥ 24

Score Table B

Eligibility for fine arts, humanities, and social science courses

If test was taken in 7th grade:If test was taken in 8th grade:
SAT scoreACT scoreSAT scoreACT score
CR ≥ 570 or
CR ≥ 520 and M ≥ 520 or
WR ≥570
E ≥ 27 or
R ≥ 25 or
S ≥ 24
E ≥ 25 and M ≥ 19
R ≥ 24 and M ≥ 19

CR ≥ 610 or
CR ≥ 560 and M ≥ 520 or
CR ≥ 520 and M ≥ 560 or
WR ≥ 610 or
WR ≥ 570 and M ≥ 560

E ≥ 30 or
R ≥ 26 or
S ≥ 25 or
E ≥ 28 and M ≥ 19 or
E ≥ 25 and M ≥ 22 or
R ≥ 24 and M ≥ 22 or
R ≥ 25 and M ≥ 19

 

The Summer Studies programs at Davidson College, the Wake Forest University, and Trinity University are specifically designed for gifted seventh and eighth grade students, and they offer a diverse array of subject matter across disciplines. Many of these courses take advantage of the unique locale and the departmental strengths of the host site.

The Summer Studies programs held at the Duke University East and West campuses and at the Duke University Marine Lab are open to eighth graders who may benefit from being in a program with high school students rather than their middle school peers. The courses cover a broad spectrum of topics developed specifically to take advantage of special facilities and expertise at each site. The Duke University Marine Lab program specializes in hands-on marine studies, and some classes will have extensive lab time and substantial fieldwork in surrounding marshes and on research vessels. The courses at all three sites were developed with gifted high school students in mind.