Duke TIP

Summer Studies for 7th–8th Grade

Duke TIP Summer Studies Programs are superb academic opportunities and dynamic residential and social experiences for seventh through tenth graders. These three-week sessions are intense and demanding; students are challenged to think critically about themselves and their world.

Summer at Duke TIP

Score Requirements: Duke TIP offers two levels of summer programs, Academy and Center, which have different score requirements for admission. Please review the SAT and ACT score requirements in Eligibility.

Duke TIP Summer Studies offers:

  • A community of motivated and engaged peers unlike any you have ever experienced.
  • Course topics and learning experiences unavailable to most middle and high school students.
  • Age-specific programs that are geared specifically toward gifted students.
  • Expert instructors, approximately 90 percent of whom hold or are working toward an advanced degree.
  • An intense, accelerated pace in the classroom. Students attend a single class for seven hours each weekday and three hours on Saturdays.
  • A stimulating educational model that promotes higher-level thinking through interactive, inquiry-based learning.
  • Engaging social and residential experiences to complement your academic endeavors.

To offer the very best academic and residential experience, Duke TIP organizes program sites based on age group. Certain sites are exclusively for seventh and eighth grade students while other sites are specifically designed for eighth, ninth, and tenth grade students.

Seventh grade students are an integral part of our program. Paired with eighth graders, this group generates tremendous energy, enthusiasm, and new ideas. Age-specific programming provides courses and residential activities geared toward younger students, enhancing and enriching their Duke TIP experience. Often, friendships formed during the seventh grade year continue throughout middle and high school. 

Eighth grade students have a choice. While some eighth grade students thrive in classes with other middle school students, others benefit from being in a program with current high school students. As a result, eighth graders at Duke TIP are offered a choice as to which type of campus would be the best fit for them.