Your Role

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Your role can be broken down into three simple steps.

Step 1: Prepare

Before you get started, you should explore this website to better understand our offerings, especially the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search benefits, the purpose of above-level testing, and the enrollment process.

Step 2: Identify

Identify your eligible students using one of the four methods listed in the identifying students section, which includes our test look-up tool.

Step 3: Notify

Helpful documents

Our Teacher Toolkit section also provides you with materials and online tools that you can use to identify and notify qualifying students, as well as a tool to find your school ID

Invitation Form (DOC)

Invitation Form (Spanish) (DOC)—coming soon!

Fee Waiver Request Form (DOC)

Fee Waiver Request Form (Spanish) (DOC)—coming soon!

Deliver the exciting news to families! We've made it easy with an invitation form available in English and Spanish. Fill out the form for each student and pass it on to students and their families. You can also use the language as a template for emails to families. In addition, we offer a PowerPoint presentation (with helpful notes included) that describes our talent search in detail, which you can use in parent meetings. You can find all of these tools in the teacher toolkit.

After you complete these steps, families enroll directly, but they may ask for your help or encouragement. You can use our materials on enrollment (available in the teacher toolkit), view key dates to find important deadlines, and pass along information about fee grants for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs.

What to do more? 

In addition to the fundamental role you play in TIP’s operation, there are a number of additional ways you can show your support for gifted students and encourage their participation.

Display our partnership badge

Duke TIP participating school badge


When you become a TIP school or district partner, you may display your support of academically talented youth by using this partnership badge on your websites, social media pages, or in your publications. Right click on the image to save a web-ready version, or download a high resolution file from the teacher toolkit.


Pay for your students to enroll

Some schools use a purchase order (PDF) to utilize Title I or other discretionary funds to pay for their students to enroll in the talent search and take the optional PSAT 8/9. Doing so ensures that all academically gifted students are able to access the resources they need, no matter their financial situation. If you’re interested in doing this for your students, please download and follow our instructions. And don’t forget that students who qualify for free or reduced lunch enroll in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search for free with a fee waiver, so students from all economic backgrounds can participate in TIP.


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, for a onetime fee, they receive access to benefits until the end of sixth grade, including optional above-level testing; enrichment activities like the book club, writing and illustration contest, and specialized publications; and eligibility to apply to TIP’s educational programs.