Duke TIP

Summer Studies for 7th–8th Grade

Duke TIP Summer Studies Programs are superb academic opportunities and dynamic residential and social experiences for seventh through tenth graders. These three-week sessions are intense and demanding; students are challenged to think critically about themselves and their world.

Summer at Duke TIP

Score Requirements: Duke TIP offers two levels of summer programs, Academy and Center, which have different score requirements for admission. Please review the SAT and ACT score requirements in Eligibility.

Duke TIP Summer Studies offers:

  • A community of motivated and engaged peers you won’t likely find anywhere else.
  • Course topics and learning opportunities unavailable to most middle and high school students.
  • Age-specific programs geared toward gifted students.
  • Expert instructors, approximately ninety percent of whom hold or are working toward an advanced degree.
  • A stimulating educational model that promotes higher-level thinking through interactive, inquiry-based learning.
  • An intense, accelerated pace in the classroom: students attend a single class for seven hours each weekday and three hours on Saturdays.
  • Engaging social and residential experiences to complement your academic endeavors.

Find the very best in age-appropriate academic and residential summer programs at Duke TIP. Three sites are exclusively for seventh and eighth grade students and four sites are dedicated to eighth, ninth, and tenth graders. The number of courses varies by site, and the average class enrollment is sixteen to eighteen students.

Seventh grade students are integral to our program. Paired with eighth graders, this group generates tremendous energy, enthusiasm, and new ideas. Age-specific programming provides courses and residential activities geared toward you, enhancing and enriching your Duke TIP experience. Often, friendships formed during your seventh grade year at Duke TIP will continue throughout middle and high school.

While some eighth grade students thrive in academic and residential settings with other middle school students, others benefit from being in a program with current high school students. As a result, if you are an eighth grader, Duke TIP allows to choose which type of site would be the best fit for you.