Program Details, Policies, and Philosophies

Academic Adventures are offered in the fall (in October and November) and spring (in February and March). They are designed to give gifted students the challenges they need to stretch their abilities and gain enough confidence in their abilities to take academic risks and propose their own ideas. Courses are advanced and move more quickly than the typical courses that most students will have encountered up to then. They are taught by experience educators who emphasize hands-on, interactive learning, often focusing on projects and other activities that require students to be creative. 

It’s also important to note that all students attending Academic Adventures will be academically gifted, which means that your student will be surrounded by peers who can inspire additional insights, increase your student’s love of learning, and reinforce a sense of pride in having advanced academic abilities. This social component is a crucial part of the program, as it helps TIP students discover and celebrate their abilities.

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Academic Adventures give fourth, fifth, and sixth graders the opportunity to explore fascinating subjects not found elsewhere, deepen their knowledge of a favorite field, and meet other gifted students. Courses cover a range of subjects and are offered by Duke TIP at three different college campuses, as well as at partner locations across the country.