Parent Stories

The Gonzalez family

Linda and Oscar Gonzalez know what it’s like to raise a highly gifted child. Their daughter, Jessica, is passionate about a wide variety of subjects and activities. They knew they needed to find a summer academic program that would challenge her and help her explore her interests alongside other gifted peers, yet still give her the flexibility to travel and enjoy nonacademic activities. Their solution was eStudies.

It allowed Jessica to commit to significant advanced study while still accompanying her family on summer vacation, making it a great choice for their active lifestyle. Jessica could access her course daily, attend group sessions, get one-on-one attention from her instructor, and complete her weekly assignments—all using her laptop or tablet while on the road. Jessica has taken three eStudies courses though Duke TIP, including Neuroscience: Biology of the Brain; Abnormal Psychology; and Anatomy and Physiology: Form, Function, and System.

“I thought Jessica’s instructor was incredible, said her mother, Linda. "She was knowledgeable and she was always available if Jessica needed anything—if she had any questions or concerns, she was quick to respond."

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Here’s what some other parents had to say:

“An amazing learning experience: advanced, interesting, and important content taught in a variety of ways by a skilled instructor. Loved the online aspect of it.”

“The program is a good fit to our schedule over the summer. My child enjoyed the experience and gained new knowledge through the online course. To be able to open up and interact with the instructor and the fellow students—someone whom he never met in person— is a valuable experience to a middle schooler like him.”

“My child interacted with a diverse group of engaged students from around the world, improved her organizational and time management skills, and was exposed to online learning—in addition to improving her writing skills.”

“My daughter's experience was incredible. She learned in a challenging environment with like-minded students and she was challenged in ways I have never seen. School has been too easy for her all along and it was amazing to see her working, learning, and even stressing a bit. I know that these valuable lessons will carry her into high school and college.”

“She learned how to manage her time and discuss issues with the instructor and take responsibility for getting her assignments completed in a timely manner. She learned persistence when the subject matter is difficult. Up until now, she has never really had to persevere through a real academic challenge.”

This seven-week program for seventh through eleventh graders takes place during the summer. Students join an online class of twenty-four and are led in high school– or college-level coursework by an expert instructor who oversees discussions, live video meetings, and peer-to-peer interaction.