Program Basics

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As a Duke TIP student, and as a guest of our program campuses, each Academic Adventures student is expected to adhere to high standards of conduct both on and off campus and to accept personal responsibility for their conduct. Students are responsible for maintaining honesty, truthfulness, fairness, civility, and showing concern for others inside and outside the classroom. The classrooms, other facilities, and all equipment should be used respectfully and kept clean at all times.

Students will be charged for any damage to campus buildings or equipment caused by their conduct. Inappropriate behavior or violation of Academic Adventures rules (presented here and by the staff during the day) will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the program.

Daily schedule

9–9:50 a.m. Registration
10 a.m.–noon Class
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch
1–4 p.m. Class
4 p.m. Class ends. Parents return to child's classroom to pick up child.

Courses split by grade

During the spring session, which fourth graders are eligible to attend, courses will be split by grade. Some courses will be open to fourth and fifth graders, and some will be open to fifth and sixth graders. Creating two different age groups allows us to further target our courses to the exact level of academic challenge our students need, while ensuring that more TIPsters can benefit from our programs.

Because fourth graders are not eligible for the fall Academic Adventures session, courses during that session will not be split by grade. Instead, all fall courses will be open to students in fifth and sixth grade.

Overall program expectations

All students are expected to

  • respect and follow the direction of instructors, teaching assistants, and other Duke TIP staff;
  • refrain from bringing food or drink into the classrooms;
  • stay with the class group at all times (students may not independently explore their campus);
  • remain seated in the dining hall area during meal times until it is time for class to resume; and
  • be mindful of the traffic on their campus.


Students will dine at a campus dining hall unless Academic Adventures falls on the host university's fall or spring break. In that case, boxed lunches with sandwiches (including veggie options) or pizza will be catered. Meal costs are included in the program fee.

There will be plenty of food options available to students who have food allergies and other dietary restrictions. However, parents are encouraged to send their children with a bagged lunch if they are concerned about personal food accommodations.