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.

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.

We also created a flyer you can use if you plan to host a parent information night to tell families about TIP. It is available as a fillable PDF and a Word document.

Order materials

Invitation in English (PDF)

Invitation in Spanish (PDF)

Parent Night Flyer (PDF)

Parent Night Flyer (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. 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.

If you’re interested in doing this for your students, please read the group enrollment instructions (PDF). You can learn more about our financial aid, as well.

Group Enrollment Instructions (PDF)


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.