Academic Adventures

About Academic Adventures

Academic Adventures provide gifted students with a flexible and challenging academic enrichment option on Saturdays during the traditional school year. These in-depth, daylong courses are designed especially for gifted students who want to explore exciting topics at an accelerated pace. Courses are taught by content experts and emphasize interactive learning and peer cooperation within an environment where creativity and critical thinking meet. Academic Adventures offered by Duke TIP take place in Charlotte, North Carolina; Durham, North Carolina; and Winter Park, Florida, in the spring and fall of each year. They also take place throughout the year at various partner locations across the country.


Duke TIP's Academic Adventures are open to all fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are enrolled in TIP’s 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. However, fourth graders are only eligible for the spring term.

Term and Courses

Courses include new and innovative subjects most schools can't offer, covering all disciplines.

Spring Session 1
Spring Session 2

Duke University

February 23

March 23

Queens University of Charlotte

February 2

February 23

Rollins College

February 9

No second session

Key Dates

May 18, 2019

Academic Adventures at Covington Latin School in Covington, Kentucky

May 18, 2019

Academic Adventures at the Health Museum in Houston, Texas

Academic Adventures give fourth, fifth, and sixth graders the opportunity to explore fascinating subjects not found elsewhere, deepen their knowledge of a favorite field, and meet other gifted students. Courses cover a range of subjects and are offered by Duke TIP at three different college campuses, as well as at partner locations across the country.