Program Overviews and Dates


TIP Programs Overview

Program summaries appear below. You can also click on any highlighted program in the table below to visit its staff-specific page on this website for even more details.

Face-to-Face Programming


Grade Range

Time of Year and 2020 Employment Dates

Academic Adventures

4, 5, 6

Saturdays during academic year, fall and spring terms; staff is needed at various times throughout the academic year.


5, 6

Eckerd & Southwestern staff: June 16–July 11

Eckerd & Southwestern admin: June 11–July 11

Emory staff: June 2–June 27

Emory admin: May 28–June 27

Duke staff: June 16–July 25

Duke admin: June 11–July 25

Scholar Weekends

7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Fall and spring terms for students; staff is needed at various times throughout the academic year.

Summer Studies

7, 8, 9, 10

Summer terms for students; employment dates include

Term 1 staff: June 2–June 28

Term 2 staff: July 2–July 26

Term 1 admin: May 28–June 28

Term 2 admin: July 2–July 27

Marine Lab staff: June 10–July 5

Marine Lab admin: June 7–July 5

Online Programming


4, 5, 6

Fall, spring, and summer terms


7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Summer term; staff prep begins in spring

Lumin Lab, Teachers Workshop, Book Club

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


Program Descriptions

For more information on any of these programs, please follow the appropriate link to explore the detailed program section on this website.

Academic Year Programs

One- or two-day advanced courses in the fall or spring, working with their peers to explore academic interests in a brief but in-depth exploration of exciting subjects not found in typical schools

Locations: Duke University, Queens University of Charlotte (NC), and Rollins College (FL)

Student grade level: 4–6 for Academic Adventures; 7–11 for Scholar Weekends


A week-long residential program uses a problem-based learning model: students collaborate to respond to a hypothetical community crisis, supporting each other in curricular and co-curricular growth

Locations: Duke University (NC), Eckerd College (FL), Emory University (GA), Southwestern University (TX)

Student grade level: 5–6


A month-long program that encourages students to solve a “case,” in collaboration with a small group of classmates and an expert instructor, by collecting clues, analyzing evidence, and proposing solution theories

Location: Online

Student grade level: 4–6


Within an engaging online learning environment,TIP students connect with one another and pursue advanced learning in exciting topics under the direction of an expert Instructor over the course of seven weeks

Location: Online

Student grade level: 7–11

Summer Studies

Intense, advanced level three-week summer courses designed to allow gifted students to study an area of interest in depth, balanced with vibrant cocurricular activities that together create a seamless and supportive learning environment

Locations: Appalachian State University (NC), Davidson College (NC), Duke University, Duke University Marine Lab (NC), Georgia Tech University, Rice University (TX), Rollins College (FL), Texas Christian (TX), Trinity University (TX), University of Georgia, Wake Forest University (NC) 

Student grade level: 7–10