Once you’ve identified eligible students, all you need to do is notify them of the opportunity to join the 7th Grade Talent Search.
New notification materials
This year we have combined our old brochure and invitation form into a single talent search invitation. We have also moved to 100 percent online enrollment—there are no more paper applications to worry about.
Fill out the invitation for each student, then pass it on to students and their families. It answers many of the questions students have about TIP. You can also use the invitation’s language as a template for emails to families.
You can can request professionally printed 7th Grade Talent Search invitations through our school update form, or you can download PDFs in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF). You can also download a Word version in English (.DOCX) or Spanish (.DOCX) that might be easier to print yourself.
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. Students will select the same option when completing the online enrollment.
Paying for students
Many schools choose to pay their students’ enrollment fees using local Title 1 or other special program funding. This year, we’re offering a new group enrollment system to make doing so even easier. The system allows schools to request a special group code that their students can enter when enrolling online.
Once they’ve been notified, families enroll themselves directly with Duke TIP.
If you have Spanish-speaking families that need assistance, you can provide them with enrollment instructions in Spanish (PDF).
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.