Duke TIP

Talent Search for Homeschooled Students

Academic talent searches can be an invaluable tool for families who home school because they help parents find out just how advanced their students' abilities truly are. Traditional testing often fails to measure the variation among many gifted students who reach the upper limits of scoring on grade-level exams. By taking above-level testing through Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search, families who home school can gain a far better understanding of where a student stands in relation to gifted peers and what level of educational challenge is appropriate.

Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search identifies qualifying academically talented homeschooled seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved during their elementary or middle school years. While most homeschooled children complete standard testing, we recognize that some do not, and we accept a parent nomination form in these rare instances.

Eligible home schooled students are invited to take the ACT or SAT as seventh graders, which allows greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they also get receive valuable benefits and gain access to distance learning courses. These programs provide families who home school with a convenient way to augment their regular instruction. TIP’s distance learning courses offer a ready-made curriculum across a variety of topics and all are designed for gifted students by experienced educators. In addition, home schooling families who participate in Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search can access other resources that provide advice and guidance on how best to nurture the talents of academically gifted students.

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