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See what TIP offers

Learn more about all of TIP's talent searches, educational programs, and other offerings.

What Is Duke TIP?

The Duke University Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization that supports academically talented students in grades four through twelve. We offer above-grade-level testing, enrichment resources, year-round learning options, residential summer programs, online courses, and original research to supplement what students receive in school.

Join as a 4th–6th Grader

The 4th–6th Grade Talent Search helps students discover, explore, and celebrate their interests through enrichment activities, resources, and optional testing.

Join as a 7th Grader

Members of the 7th Grade Talent Search learn about their talents by taking the ACT or SAT and receive resources to support their development.

Partnering with Schools

We work hand-in-hand with educators and school officials to expand the resources available for gifted students.

Open Educational Programs

We offer educational programs throughout the year—in the fall, spring, and summer. Both in-person and online programs are available. Here are the programs that are currently accepting applications.

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Scholar Weekends

These two-day courses in North Carolina and Florida give students a preview of the advanced academics they'll experience in college. Grades 7–11.

eInvestigators

In this online experience, students spend a month solving a real-world mystery. Grades 4–6.

Academic Adventures

These one-day courses in North Carolina and Florida cover innovative subjects. Grades 4–6.

Work with Us!

We hire for instructional, residential, and adminstrative positions for all of our programs. This job could change your life.

Activities for current TIP students

Testing, enrichment activities, ceremonies, and more—current TIP students have plenty of things going on throughout the year. Here's what's happening now.

ACT and SAT testing

What test centers are available? What do you need to bring on test day? What kind of test prep should you do? We can help.

PSAT 8/9 Testing

Wondering whether your student should take the PSAT 8/9? Need to find a test center or get information for test day? Start here.

Writing Contest is open!

The annual Duke TIP Writing Contest for 4th–6th Grade Talent Search members is now open!

Upcoming Key Dates

January 2, 2019

Financial aid application available

Program: 
CRISIS

January 2, 2019

Financial aid application available

Program: 
Field Studies

January 2, 2019

Financial aid application available

Program: 
Summer Studies

January 7, 2019

Paper application postmark deadline for February 9 and 10 PSAT 8/9 test

Program: 
4th–6th Grade Talent Search

January 8, 2019

February ACT online enrollment deadline

Program: 
7th Grade Talent Search

January 8, 2019

Application opens

Program: 
Field Studies

Research & Resources

We offer a variety of resources to support academically talented students, their families, and educators, including original research. Find what you need.

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Posts from Gifted Today

Find advice and research for parents and educators.

Correcting the Myths of Gifted Education

October 26, 2018

There are lots of very common theories about education that you've likely heard. But are any of them true?

The Duke TIP Podcast: “I think we need to live on a school bus.”

September 28, 2018

Meet Tina and Chris and their sons Elijah and Riley. They're a homeschooling TIP family that's decided to take their life on the road and live in a renovated school bus full-time. On this episode of the Duke TIP Podcast, we tell their story.

Ask the Experts: Redirecting a Demotivated Gifted Student

May 17, 2018

TIP’s Gifted Education Specialist, Rick Courtright, responds to a parent who asks about how to get an underachieving gifted high schooler back on track.

Just the Facts

There are a lot of myths about gifted education. Our research designed these handouts to help you cut through the noise.