Student Experience

Academic Adventures are offered in the fall (in October and November) and spring (in February and March). They are designed to give gifted students the challenges they need to stretch their abilities and gain enough confidence in their abilities to take academic risks and propose their own ideas. Courses are advanced and move more quickly than the typical courses that most students will have encountered up to then. They are taught by experience educators who emphasize hands-on, interactive learning, often focusing on projects and other activities that require students to be creative. 

It’s also important to note that all students attending Academic Adventures will be academically gifted, which means that your student will be surrounded by peers who can inspire additional insights, increase your student’s love of learning, and reinforce a sense of pride in having advanced academic abilities. This social component is a crucial part of the program, as it helps TIP students discover and celebrate their abilities.

Daily schedule

Academic Adventures start at 10 a.m., with check-in beginning at 9:20 a.m. All classes end at 4 p.m.

Grade eligibility

Starting in 2017, fourth graders will be eligible to attend Academic Adventures in the spring session, and 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 of the timing of enrollment, fourth graders are not eligible for Academic Adventures during the fall session. Courses during that session will not be split by grade, so all fall courses will be open to students in fifth and sixth grade.

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.