Program Details, Policies, and Philosophies

CRISIS is a uniquely interactive program that uses problem-based learning to create an immersive and challenging experience for fifth and sixth graders. Pioneered in medical school programs, problem-based learning motivates students to actively construct knowledge and expand their academic skills. CRISIS students:

  • learn about a specific subject in the context of complex, multifaceted, and realistic problems
  • experience the relevance of learning when it comes to future college majors and occupations
  • build up their inner motivations for learning
  • develop responsible, professional attitudes to complex societal problems

Because they collaborate with their peers, they also learn teamwork and leadership skills. This same sense of community extends to residential activities, which are carefully planned to help students form friendships, gain social self-confidence, and expand their nonacademic interests within a safe, supportive community.

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"You learn so much and the teachers are so welcoming. Also, the teaching assistants are super helpful and friendly. You are never bored. Every single night, you get some activity to do and before that, there's free time to eat and talk with your new friends. Also, the food is amazing and you shouldn't be worried about anything!" 
— CRISIS student

CRISIS is a residential summer program for fifth and sixth graders enrolled in TIP’s 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. The program lasts one week and takes place at five college campuses. Students assume the role of a professional on a specific occupation-based research team, collaborate with their peers, and participate in activities that build their academic, leadership, and teamwork skills.