Program Basics

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Typical weekday schedule


7:45–9 a.m.

Breakfast (students eat with their peers, supervised by TIP residential staff), followed by supervised transition to class.

9 a.m.–noon

Class (students will have a fifteen-minute break)

noon–1 p.m.

Lunch in campus dining facility (students eat with their peers, supervised by TIP academic staff)

1–4:45 p.m.

Class (students will have two fifteen-minute breaks or one thiry-minute break depending on class schedule), followed by supervised transition to dinner

5–6 p.m.

Dinner in campus dining facility (students eat together with their residential group)

6–7:30 p.m.

Free time within designated boundaries (students are supervised by TIP residential staff)

7:30–9 p.m.

Evening residential programming (students engage in goal-based activities facilitated by residential staff)

9–9:30 p.m. RC meeting (students meet with their Residential Counselor and other students in their group to debrief the day and receive updates)

9:30–10:45 p.m.

On-hall time (students can socialize on their hall, use their phones, prepare for bed and are supervised by Residential Counselors) 

10:45 p.m.

Lights out (Residential Counselors will do room checks to ensure students are in their assigned room, with the lights off, ready for bed)

Times may vary slightly at different campuses, and attendance is required at all activities except breakfast.

Staff members supervise students throughout the day, including during blocks of free time. Duke TIP students may not leave campus or designated boundaries at any point during the program, except under the direct supervision of Duke TIP staff.

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On Saturdays, students attend class from 9 a.m. to noon and, after lunch, participate in campus-wide activities that have become storied traditions on each campus, including games and field day activities. Saturday evenings at TIP generally include a dance, though options will be available for students who do not wish to attend.

Free time on Sunday mornings is a time to take a break from academic work and structured activities. Students may choose to socialize in staff-supervised areas, attend religious services available in the area, do laundry, or sleep late. In the afternoon and evening, a wide variety of activities are offered, including one site-wide, off-campus trip during the term.

On-site administration

All TIP programs are run by experienced staff members who are committed to creating a positive, memorable experience.

In addition to staff in our main office, our programs include a wide variety of staff members who work on site. All of them have undergone a highly competitive application process, passed an annual background check, and received training in the protection of minors before beginning work.

Positions include administrative staff who oversee logistics, communicate with families, and manage student behavior; psychological counselors who assist staff and students with maintaining their social and emotional wellbeing; medical staff who are responsible for the appropriate storage, handling, and distribution of prescription medications and triaging low to mid-level injuries; instructional staff who plan and run academics in the classroom; and residential staff who lead social and recreational activities.

The on-site office

Each campus has an on-site office that serves as the main point of contact for parent questions during the program. Contact information for the office will be provided to enrolled students in May.

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