Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response


Summer Studies | CRISIS | eStudies | eInvestigators | SAT Test | ACT TEST | Recognition CeremoniesOther Updates | Enrichment Resources


Summer Studies Updates

April 1, 2020—After much deliberation, and based on a thorough understanding of the progression of COVID-19, Duke University has made the decision not to proceed with any Duke TIP summer residential programs for 2020. This decision applies to all dates, locations, and age groups for our Summer Studies program. We know this news is not what our families had hoped to hear, but, at this time, the well-being of our students and their families must remain our highest priority.

All Summer Studies families will receive a full refund of their Summer Studies application fee, deposit, and all enrollment fees paid to date. No further action on your part is needed. However, due to the large numbers of refunds being processed, it may take 4–6 weeks to receive your refund. Depending on how you paid, you will receive your refund via a credit card chargeback, electronic transfer, or check.

March 30, 2020—Duke University has just announced its decision to cancel Duke TIP's Summer Studies and CRISIS residential programs. We are in the process of sending emails out to all families explaining their options given this news. We will provide more information as soon as we confirm the details with the university. Please stay tuned.

March 11, 2020—At the present moment, we have no plans in place to cancel Summer Studies. However, if COVID-19 forces Duke TIP to cancel summer residential programs prior to their start dates, all enrolled students will receive a refund for payments they have made toward the cost of the program. This refund includes funds paid toward both the deposit and enrollment fee.

CRISIS Updates

April 1, 2020—After much deliberation, and based on a thorough understanding of the progression of COVID-19, Duke University has made the decision not to proceed with any Duke TIP summer residential programs for 2020. This decision applies to all dates and locations for our CRISIS program. We know this news is not what our families had hoped to hear, but, at this time, the well-being of our students and their families must remain our highest priority.

All CRISIS families will receive a full refund of their Summer Studies application fee, deposit, and all enrollment fees paid to date. No further action on your part is needed. However, due to the large numbers of refunds being processed, it may take 4–6 weeks to receive your refund. Depending on how you paid, you will receive your refund via a credit card chargeback, electronic transfer, or check.

March 30, 2020—Duke University has just announced its decision to cancel Duke TIP's Summer Studies and CRISIS residential programs. We are in the process of sending emails out to all families explaining their options given this news. We will provide more information as soon as we confirm the details with the university. Please stay tuned.

March 11, 2020—At the present moment, we have no plans in place to cancel CRISIS. However, if COVID-19 forces Duke TIP to cancel summer residential programs prior to their start dates, all enrolled students will receive a refund for payments they have made toward the cost of the program. This refund includes funds paid toward both the deposit and enrollment fee.

eStudies Updates

April 1, 2020—Families can now apply for Duke TIP's online programs, eInvestigators and eStudies. Applications received before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 5, will be included in our first round of application reviews.

March 30, 2020—The application opening for the summer terms of Duke TIP's eInvestigators and eStudies online programs has been delayed. We will provide more information as soon as we confirm the details with the university. Please stay tuned.

March 19, 2020—All eStudies courses will continue as planned, and families can still apply for the program starting March 31, 2020, at 9 a.m. (ET).

eInvestigators Updates

April 1, 2020—Families can now apply for Duke TIP's online programs, eInvestigators and eStudies. Applications received before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 5, will be included in our first round of application reviews.

March 30, 2020—The application opening for the summer terms of Duke TIP's eInvestigators and eStudies online programs has been delayed. We will provide more information as soon as we confirm the details with the university. Please stay tuned.

March 19, 2020—All summer eInvestigators courses will continue as planned, and families can still apply for the program starting March 31, 2020, at 9 a.m. (ET).

SAT Updates

March 23, 2020—For those families affected by the cancellation of the May 2 SAT and the March 28 makeup SAT, we pledge to work with you to reschedule your child's test in the fall of 2020 or spring of 2021 at no additional cost. Given the uncertainty of how this situation will unfold in the coming months, we will not reschedule May testers to any test dates prior to August at this time. We will contact you directly this fall, and you will have the opportunity to reschedule for the date that is most convenient for you and your family. There is no action you need to take at this time. We will be back in touch with exact dates once they are released by the College Board.

March 18, 2020—College Board, the organization that administers the SAT, has canceled both the May 2 test and the makeup test scheduled for March 28. Duke TIP’s Talent Search team is currently working diligently to determine what repercussions these cancellations will have for our families. We will email the affected families directly as soon as we have determined the best course of action.

March 12, 2020—In select areas immediately affected by COVID-19, the March 14 SAT has been canceled. Here’s what TIP families need to know:

  • College Board, the organization that administers the SAT, is posting regular updates to its website and social media outlets. Monitor https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters to stay apprised of the latest information. This is a rapidly evolving situation, so test centers may decide to close with very little advance warning.
  • In some areas, test centers are required by local authorities to implement additional safety measures at check-in, so families are encouraged to arrive early.
  • Information about potential makeup test dates will also be noted at https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters. If a makeup date is scheduled, students will receive an updated admissions ticket via mail.
  • If you do not feel comfortable testing on March 14, contact College Board customer service as soon as possible to discuss your options. Email sat@info.collegeboard.org or call 866-756-7346.

ACT Updates

March 23, 2020—For those families affected by the postponement of the April 4 ACT, if you are not able to reschedule to either June 13 or July 18 with ACT per their direct communication with you, TIP pledges to work with you to reschedule your child's test in the fall of 2020 or spring of 2021 at no additional cost. We will contact you directly this fall, and you will have the opportunity to reschedule for the date that is most convenient for you and your family. There is no action you need to take at this time. We will be back in touch with exact dates once they are released by the ACT.

March 18, 2020—The ACT has made the following announcement regarding its upcoming test dates:

ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

We have some additional details to share that are pertinent only to those families who registered for the ACT through Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search:

  • If your student is enrolled in the 2019–20 7th Grade Talent Search, takes the ACT by the end of October 2020, and qualifies for a Duke TIP recognition ceremony, then you will receive an invitation to attend a ceremony in the spring of 2021.  
  • Students who are not able to complete testing this spring due to test cancellations or postponements may still test this fall and will be eligible to participate in future educational programs through the summer after tenth grade based on the qualification levels currently listed on our website. Students testing after July 2020 will follow the score requirements listed for 8th graders.

Recognition Ceremonies Updates

March 13, 2020—We have made the difficult decision to postpone all Duke TIP recognition ceremonies originally scheduled for the spring of 2020. As this situation continues to develop, minimizing health risks takes top priority, and medical officials far and wide recommend eliminating large gatherings as an important step in that direction. Qualifying students will receive invitations to ceremonies next spring, in 2021. They can also expect to receive a commemorative medal in the mail later this summer.

Other Updates

March 30, 2020—Duke University has just announced its decision to cancel Duke TIP's Summer Studies and CRISIS residential programs. As a result, we are no longer accepting seasonal applications for summer 2020.

March 19, 2020—The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has extended the deadline for its Young Scholars Program applications to April 15, 2020, at 12 p.m. (EDT). The original deadline had been March 23. Please visit jkcf.org/duketip to learn more and apply.

Enrichment Resources

We’ve heard from many families seeking guidance on how best to support their students or asking for ideas on enrichment activities their students can enjoy while they are practicing social distancing and/or staying home from school.

  • Duke TIP's Teachers Workshop blog is designed for educators but contains a wealth of information that parents might want to take a look at as well. The Lesson Blueprints section contains stand-alone lesson plans across a range of disciplinary topics. And the Curriculum Vault contains the full content of nine of TIP’s independent-learning courses. 
  • 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants can enter the illustration portion of Duke TIP's Writing & Illustration Contest through June 1.
  • 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants can also join the ongoing discussion at Duke TIP's Book Club. You'll need to log in to gain access. The current book is The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson. You can also access prior Book Club content on our Teachers Workshop blog.
  • Parents are sharing many wonderful ideas at our Duke TIP Parents Facebook Group.

 

While our mission remains the same—to recognize academically talented students and provide advanced learning opportunities that foster their intellectual and social growth—we hope you'll understand that some of our priorities have had to shift. At this time, the well-being of our students and their families is our top priority. Thank you for your patience as we determine how best to approach this dynamic situation. Further updates will be communicated via social media, email, and this web page as things continue to unfold.