Program Basics

Girls laughing in class

As a Duke TIP student, and as a guest of our program campuses, Scholar Weekends students are 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 dining hall, 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 Scholar Weekends rules (presented here and by the staff during the weekend) will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the program.

Daily schedule


9–9:45 a.m. Registration
10 a.m.–noon Class
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch
1–4:30 p.m. Class
4:30 p.m. Class ends. Parents return to child’s classroom to pick up child.


9 a.m. Students are dropped off and go directly to their classrooms
9 a.m.–noon Class
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch
1–4 p.m. Class
4 p.m.

Closing meeting is held in individual classrooms for parents. Instructors and students provide an overview of the weekend's learning activities.

4:30 p.m. Class ends. Parents and students depart.

New schedule for spring 2019

Starting in spring 2019, Scholar Weekends will end at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays instead of 6 p.m. We made this change after analyzing extensive data collected from parents, instructional and administrative staff, Duke TIP Main Office staff, and students.

We found that students are retaining significantly less information and are less engaged after 4:30 p.m. due to the relatively long day. We also want to respect the fact that most students who attend our Academic Year Programs have already attended a full week of school, and that many students and their families travel from afar for the program.

Courses split by grade

During the spring session, which seventh graders are eligible to attend, courses will be split by grade. Some courses will be open to seventh and eighth graders, and some will be open to students in grades eight through eleven. Creating two different age groups allows us to further tailor our courses to the exact level of academic challenge our students need, while ensuring that more TIPsters can benefit from our programs.

Because seventh graders are not eligible for the fall Scholar Weekends session, courses during that session will not be split by grade. Instead, all fall courses will be open to students in eighth through eleventh 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
  • be mindful of the traffic on their campus


Students will dine at a campus dining hall unless Scholar Weekends 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.

Over the course of two days, students in grades seven through eleven can explore new subjects in detail through hands-on and project-based learning. Courses cover a range of subjects and take place in Charlotte or Durham, North Carolina, or Winter Park, Florida, throughout the academic year.