Notifying Students

Once you’ve identified eligible students, all you need to do is notify them of the opportunity to join the 7th Grade Talent Search.

Fill out the invitation form available in English (DOCX) and Spanish (DOCX) for each student; then pass it on to students and their families. You can also use the form’s language as a template for emails to families. 

Invitation form in English (DOCX)

Invitation form in Spanish (DOCX)

Providing an educator recommendation

If you’re notifying a student who qualifies via an educator recommendation, simply write in “educator recommendation” as the test name in the qualifying test score section of the invitation form. Students will do the same thing on the application they fill out while enrolling in the program.

Helpful materials

Order materials

Many students may have questions about TIP. To help answer them, you can download PDFs of our 7th Grade Talent Search brochure in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF). You can request professionally printed versions of these materials through our school update form.

7th Grade Talent Search brochure in English (PDF)

7th Grade Talent Search brochure in Spanish (PDF)

Paying for students

Some schools use a purchase order to utilize Title 1 or other discretionary funds to pay for their students to enroll in TIP so that financial barriers don’t prevent any students from receiving support.

If you’re interested in doing this for your students, please download and follow these instructions (PDF). You can learn more about our financial aid, as well.


Once they’ve been notified, families enroll themselves directly with Duke TIP.

You can use—or direct families to—our information about getting started, key dates, and cost and financial aid to answer any questions they may have.

If you have Spanish-speaking families that need assistance, you can provide them with enrollment instructions in Spanish (PDF).

Enrollment Instructions in Spanish (PDF)

Celebrating students

After students enroll, you have the option of celebrating them for their success.

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.