Program Overviews and Dates


TIP Programs Overview

(Program summaries appear below this table. 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 2019 Staff 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

Meredith Staff: June 18–July 20

Meredith Admin: June 14–July 20

Staff at All Other Sites: June 18–July 13

Admin at All Other Sites: June 14–July 13

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; Staff employment dates include:

Term 1 Staff: June 4 – June 30

Term 2 Staff: July 4 – July 28

Term 1 Admin: May 30 – June 30

Term 2 Admin: July 4 – July 29

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

Students attend 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


This 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: Agnes Scott College (GA), Belmont University (TN), Eckerd College (FL), Meredith College (NC), Southwestern University (TX)

Student grade level: 5–6


eInvestigators is a month-long program that takes place throughout the year that encourages students to solve a “case” by using investigative reasoning, research skills, and knowledge. Using leading edge instructional technology, participants collaborate with a small group of classmates and an expert Instructor to collect clues, analyze evidence, and propose their 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

Field Studies

These two-week, hands-on academic experiences for older TIP students are led by field professionals in campus settings and on-site at research facilities.   

Locations: Duke University, New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL), PARI Observatory (Rosman, NC)

Student grade level: 9–12

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), Austin College (TX), Davidson College (NC), Duke University, Duke University Marine Lab (NC), Georgia Tech University, Louisiana State University, Rice University (TX), Rollins College (FL), Trinity University (TX), University of Georgia, Wake Forest University (NC), 

Student grade level: 7–10