2What is Duke TIP?A self-supporting, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the identification and support of academically gifted students.Arm-in-arm with schools and families, Duke TIP works to identify talented young people and to provide them with a wide array of fulfilling educational opportunities, from 4th grade through 12th.Founded in 1980, over 2 million students have participated in the Duke TIP Talent Searches.
3Talent Search ModelDuke TIP offers a 4th/5th Grade Talent Search, as well as a 7th Grade Talent Search. Duke TIP understands that gifted students need special motivation and support. As such, the Talent Searches work to provide:Above-level testing and appropriate assessment measuresAccess to Duke TIP’s network of educational programs and resourcesMotivation and encouragement for students focused on academic achievement
5Participation is Rewarding! Participants in the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search receive special motivation to focus on academic achievement and encouragement to continue challenging themselves.Participants will have the opportunity to interact with other academically talented students and to access an array of opportunities and resources.Participation in the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search allows gifted students to learn more about their academic abilities through optional above-level testing and assessment.
6Eligibility is an Honor! Students eligible to participate in the4th/5th Grade Talent Search include:Current 4th or 5th gradersStudents who scored at 95th percentile or above on a grade-level standardized achievement, aptitude, mental ability test, or approved state criterion-referenced testStudents who live or attend school in our 16 state region
84th/5th Grade Talent Search Benefits Recognition for the student’s outstanding abilities and achievements
94th/5th Grade Talent Search Benefits Publications for the parents of gifted studentsDuke Gifted Letter. An online newsletter for parents, DGL provides practical tools, inspiration, answers to pressing questions and review of educational research.Staying on Course. A valuable resource for parents with articles written by professionals in the field of gifted education; suggestions for home activities and tips for advocating for your child at school.
104th/5th Grade Talent Search Benefits Publications created specifically for the students that are both fun and educational.
114th/5th Grade Talent Search Benefits Educational Opportunity Guide Online. This searchable online directory lists quality schools and summer programs that all Talent Search participants are eligible to attend.
124th/5th Grade Talent Search Benefits Book Club participants share responses to discussion questions via a secure blog, and participate in interactive, online lessons in language arts, social studies, math, and science - all driven by the selected book. 3 to 4 books are chosen per year.
134th/5th Grade Talent Search Benefits Writing Contest entries are judged by members of the Duke faculty and TIP staff. Monetary prizes are awarded for each grade to the winners and to their enrolling schools.1st Prize is $250.002nd Prize is $100.003rd Prize is $25.00
144th/5th Grade Talent Search Benefits Creative Writing Lessons offer self-paced, independent study in which students learn concepts and skills, develop story ideas and complete story prompts.Math and Science Courses include Number Secrets and Secret Codes and Powerful Connections: Exploring Energy in Our Lives.
15EXPLORE TestingDuke TIP, in conjunction with ACT, offers this optional above-level testing experience to 4th/5th Grade Talent Search participants.EXPLORE is an 8th grade level test, so participation provides families with an additional indication of where their gifted child stands academically.Students who score in the 99th percentile on the composite section are honored at the 7th Grade Talent Search Recognition Ceremony in their state.Fee: $35
16Enrollment is Easy Enrollment begins December 1, 2009 For expedited processing, register online atOr mail paper application to Duke TIP officeTalent Search Fee is $35Benefits continue through the 6th grade year
17Financial Aid is available Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible for a complete fee waiver for the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search$2.4 million was awarded in 2009 across all Duke TIP programs