Student Experience

Scholar Weekends are offered in the fall (in October and November) and spring (in February and March). They are designed to emulate the college experience and offer academically talented high school students the challenge they don't always receive in a traditional classroom.

The program provides a supportive environment in which students can gain enough confidence in their abilities to take academic risks and propose their own ideas. Scholar Weekends are hands-on learning experiences taught by content experts who emphasize projects and other interactive activities that require students to be creative. The subject matter is advanced and the class will move more quickly than the typical courses that most students will have encountered up to then. Students are expected to be motivated and willing to think critically throughout the two days.

It’s also important to note that all students attending Scholar Weekends will be academically gifted, which means that your student will be surrounded by peers who can provide additional insights into the subject matter, 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 and encourages them to develop skills that will be beneficial later in high school or college.

Daily schedule

Scholar Weekends are two-day advanced courses. Classes start on the scheduled Saturday morning at 10 a.m. (check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.), and end for the day at 6 p.m. that night. During this first day, students are provided with lunch, as well as given recreational breaks. The second day of class begins at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday and ends at 4:30 p.m., with lunch and appropriate breaks occurring during the day. Parents may attend the closing meeting on Sunday afternoon at 4:15 p.m. A more complete and detailed schedule will be provided once a student has been placed in a course.

All Scholar Weekends locations are day programs only; overnight accommodations are not provided by Duke TIP.  We made this change to keep program costs reasonable and to offer a consistent experience for all locations.

Grade eligibility

Starting in 2017, seventh graders will be eligible to attend Scholar Weekends in the spring session, and 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 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, seventh graders are not eligible for Scholar Weekends during the fall session. Courses during that session will not be split by grade, and all fall courses will be open to students in eighth through eleventh grade.

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.