About Duke TIP

Our mission

The Duke University Talent Identification Program is dedicated to being a global leader in identifying academically talented students and providing innovative programs to support the development of their optimal educational potential. Programs for students, families, and educators will be of such excellence that they will become models for the education of academically talented students worldwide.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.8 million academically talented students in grades four through twelve since 1980. Each year, Duke TIP enrolls nearly one hundred thousand new students in its talent searches. TIP's talent searches help these gifted students assess the extent of their abilities with above-level testing, recognize them for their achievements, and provide them with a variety of enrichment benefits. TIP also offers accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs to more than eight thousand students each year. In addition, TIP is constantly conducting research into the educational, emotional, and social factors impacting the lives of gifted children, then sharing this research and related advice with educators, parents, and the greater gifted community. 

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Filling a need

Children with advanced intellectual abilities are often overlooked in the classroom, leaving many of them perpetually underchallenged in school. Even more commonly, schools may not have the resources and staff to adequately provide for the academic resources or the social and emotional support that gifted children require. For these reasons, Duke TIP is committed to providing services and programs that meet the needs of gifted children and that can be used to supplement or strengthen classroom and homeschooling efforts.

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A history of partnership

Duke TIP enjoys a long history of supporting local efforts to better understand, motivate, enrich, and academically challenge the brightest students in our nation. Since the beginning of our organization, TIP has worked hand-in-hand with classroom teachers, guidance counselors, gifted coordinators, and school administrators to identify and serve gifted students. We respect the critical role that educators play in the success of gifted students and are committed to supporting their efforts. There is never a cost to schools for offering Duke TIP. We also distributed over $4.1 million in 2017 to ensure that students from all economic backgrounds could participate in our programs.

Today, most of our students are referred to us through participating schools, but parents and guardians can also enroll qualifying students in our 4th–6th Grade or 7th Grade Talent Searches directly on this website. If you are an educator interested in working with Duke TIP, please contact us for more information.

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