Program Basics

Girls laughing in class

As a Duke TIP student, and as a guest of our program campuses, Scholar Weekends students are expected to adhere to high standards of conduct both on and off campus and to accept personal responsibility for their conduct. Students are responsible for maintaining honesty, truthfulness, fairness, civility, and showing concern for others inside and outside the classroom. The dining hall, classrooms, other facilities, and all equipment should be used respectfully and kept clean at all times. Students will be charged for any damage to campus buildings or equipment caused by their conduct. Inappropriate behavior or violation of Scholar Weekends rules (presented here and by the staff during the weekend) will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the program.

Daily schedule


9–9:45 a.m. Registration
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Class
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–6 p.m. Class
6 p.m. Class ends. Parents and students depart.


9 a.m. Students dropped off
9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Class
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–4:30 p.m. Class
4:15 p.m. Optional closing meeting for parent during which Instructors provide an overview of the class
4:30 p.m. Class ends. Parents and students depart.

Courses split by grade

During the spring session, which seventh graders are eligible to attend, courses will be split by grade. Some courses will be open to seventh and eighth graders, and some will be open to students in grades eight through eleven. Creating two different age groups allows us to further target our courses to the exact level of academic challenge our students need, while ensuring that more TIPsters can benefit from our programs.

Because seventh graders are not eligible for the fall Scholar Weekends session, courses during that session will not be split by grade. Instead, all fall courses will be open to students in eighth through eleventh grade.

Overall program expectations

All students are expected to:

  • respect and follow the direction of instructors, teaching assistants, and other Duke TIP staff
  • refrain from bringing food or drink into the classrooms
  • stay with the class group at all times—students may not independently explore their campus
  • remain in the area at meal times until it is time for class to resume
  • be mindful of the traffic on their campus

Over the course of two days, students in grades seven through eleven can explore new subjects in detail through hands-on and project-based learning. Courses cover a range of subjects and take place in Charlotte or Durham, North Carolina, or Winter Park, Florida, throughout the academic year.