Celebrating Students

Notifying students is the last step you must take for your students to enroll in Duke TIP. However, many schools also choose to hold local awards assemblies in the spring to honor their TIP participants, and we encourage you to do so. It helps students take pride in their achievements.

Ceremony materials

If you’d like to recognize your students with a ceremony, you can request a list of your enrollees at any time by emailing 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu. We also provide a sample ceremony script (PDF) and a certificate template (PDF) that you can use, as well as a press release template (DOCX) so you can notify local media of your students’ achievements.

Ceremony Script (PDF)

Certificate Template (PDF)

Press Release Template (DOCX)

Other ways to support students

Display our partnership badge

Duke TIP participating school badge

When you become a participating TIP school or district, you may display your support of academically talented youth by using this partnership badge on your website, social media pages, or in your publications. Right click on the image to save a web-ready version.

Help students create an educational plan

We advocate for above-level testing because it allows students to better understand their abilities. But that knowledge needs to be acted on.

We help students and their families do that, but you can as well. We report participants’ scores to you, so you will be able to learn how your gifted students did on these exams. If you’re able, you can use that information to help provide them with the optimal academic challenge.

Become a testing center

If you’re interested in establishing your school as an ACT or SAT test center, follow the instructions from ACT or the College Board. Then, after you’ve received your test center code, email us at 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu so we can add you to our test center database.

Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.