Homeschooled Students

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Academic talent searches can be an invaluable tool for families who homeschool because they connect students to other gifted peers and provide opportunities designed especially for this unique group of learners.

We identify qualifying homeschooled fourth, fifth, and sixth graders based on standardized test scores achieved during their elementary or middle school years. While most homeschooled children complete standard testing, we also recognize that some do not, so we accept a parent nomination form (PDF) in these instances.

Eligible homeschooled students who enroll in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search are welcome to participate in all of our offerings. Our enrichment opportunities, distance learning courses, weekend programs, and summer programs are also especially valuable to homeschoolers because they provide homeschooling families with a convenient way to augment their regular instruction. You can also use many of our offerings, like Independent Learning products and Duke TIP Book Club activities, as part of your efforts.

In addition, homeschooling families who participate in Duke TIP's 4th–6th Grade Talent Search have found our advice and guidance on how best to nurture the talents of academically gifted students especially helpful.

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.