Once you’ve identified eligible students, all you need to do is notify them of the opportunity to join the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search.
Fill out the invitation form available in English (DOCX) and Spanish (DOCX) for each student, indicating their qualifying score and your school’s ID number; then pass it on to students and their families. You can also use the form’s language as a template for emails to families.
Providing an educator recommendation
If you’re notifying a student who qualifies via an educator recommendation, simply write in “educator recommendation” as the test name in the qualifying test score section of the invitation form. Students will do the same thing on the application.
Many students may have questions about TIP. To help answer them, we offer a PowerPoint presentation (with helpful notes included) in English (PPTX) and Spanish (PPTX) that describes our talent search in detail.
You can also download PDFs of our 4th-6th Grade Talent Search brochure in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF). You can request professionally printed versions of these materials through our school update form.
Paying for students
Some schools use a purchase order to utilize Title 1 or other discretionary funds to pay for their students to enroll in TIP so that financial barriers don’t prevent any students from receiving support.
Once they’ve been notified, families enroll themselves directly with Duke TIP.
After students enroll, you have the option of celebrating them for their success.
Students qualify for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search by achieving a score in the 95th percentile or higher on a qualifying exam. Once enrolled, participants receive access to optional above-level testing, enrichment activities, specialized publications, and eligibility to apply to TIP’s educational programs.