Duke TIP Announces 37th Annual 7th Grade Talent Search

A young boy receiving his medal at a recognition ceremony.
Date: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

For Immediate Release
Katy Munger
(919) 668-9153 kmunger@tip.duke.edu

DURHAM, NC—The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) announced its thirty-seventh annual 7th Grade Talent Search. The 7th Grade Talent Search invites academically advanced students in the seventh grade to take college entrance exams (the ACT or SAT) alongside students in high school. Taking an above-grade level test like the ACT or SAT helps these students identify their academic strengths and TIP provides insight into how best to interpret and use these results. Students who participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search also receive special resources that open doors for exploration into academic and collegiate possibilities, have access to advanced learning opportunities that engage and develop their talents, and are celebrated for their accomplishments through different forms of recognition.

Since 1980, Duke TIP has engaged over 2.8 million youth who scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Last year, nearly 64,000 academically talented seventh graders accepted the invitation to participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search.

While many qualifying students hear about their TIP eligibility through their school, some schools may not be aware of the program. For this reason, students can enroll in the talent search directly via the Duke TIP website if they qualify. For more on the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search, including whether or not your child qualifies to participate, please visit tip.duke.edu/7gts.

Patricia Hege, Director of Admissions and Student Services, says of this year’s talent search, "We are pleased to welcome the 2017–2018 class of 7th Grade Talent Search participants and to celebrate their exceptional academic talent. We look forward to assisting these students in reaching their full potential in middle school and beyond.”

After taking the ACT or SAT, participants in the 7th Grade Talent Search receive a results summary to help interpret their scores, gain an understanding of where they stand in relation to their gifted peers, and determine what level of educational challenge is appropriate for them. High-scoring participants are invited to attend a Duke TIP recognition ceremony, and some are invited to participate in TIP’s prestigious Summer Studies and eStudies programs.

In addition, Duke TIP provides parents and educators with research-based information about supporting their gifted students as well as publications and other resources that help families learn more about the opportunities and challenges gifted students face. To help better understand the enrollment process and benefits, live and recorded webinars are available at tip.duke.edu/7webinars.

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About TIP: Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth. As a global leader in gifted education, Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential. Nearly three million students have benefited from TIP programs and resources since 1980. TIP’s talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students.