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1 4 th/ 5 th Grade Talent Search Duke University Talent Identification Program

2 What is the Duke University Talent Identification Program? Founded in 1980 Self-supporting non-profit educational organization Serves nearly 400,000 gifted students each year Identifies academically talented young people Provides fulfilling educational opportunities

3 The Talent Search One of four major university-hosted talent searches Primarily serving a 16-state region NE KS OK TX IA MO AR LA KY TN ALMS GA FL SC NC

4 What parents are saying… This resource could not have come at a better time. It has greatly reinforced good work habits and self-confidence. Without TIP, our daughters talents would not have been realized at such an early age.

5 What parents are saying… This program is wonderfulthe EXPLORE test helped us see just where our son is academically.

6 What teachers are saying… At our school, the Talent Search is a tradition! It is beneficial in building self-esteem, honor, and providing the seeds for students to begin thinking about their educational future. I love being able to provide opportunities for all of the bright kids in our area.

7 What teachers are saying… I feel that Duke TIPs 4th/5th Grade Talent Search is great for the students. It helps keep them focused on learning and provides opportunities for many activities.

8 What students are saying… I am very excited to be in the Talent Search. All of the information you send shows me to new ways to learn! Thank you for giving me a challenge.

9 What students are saying… The 4th/5th Grade Talent Search makes me so excited, confident, and proud of myself. Thank you!

10 The 4th/5th Grade Talent Search Identifies gifted 4 th and 5 th graders Offers optional above-level testing and assessment for gifted and talented youth Motivates and encourages gifted and talented students to focus on academic achievement Provides specialized educational information and opportunities for high-achieving students and their families

11 Benefits of the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search Recognition for the student's outstanding abilities and achievements

12 Benefits of the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search Staying on Course a valuable guide containing articles and resources

13 Benefits of the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search develop a wide-range of interests learn about academic opportunities spark their creativity The Navigator a semi- annual newsletter that helps students to:

14 Benefits of the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search Provides timely and practical information addresses the educational and social-emotional challenges facing the gifted The Duke Gifted Letter a newsletter for parents that

15 Benefits of the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search Academic 411 Covering fun and educational topics, many articles are written by students who relate their personal experiences participating in academically and socially challenging activities.

16 Benefits of the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search And much more… Duke TIP Annual Writing Contest Above-level testing and assessment (Optional 8 th -grade level EXPLORE test) Recognition of highest test performance

17 How to Qualify Currently in 4 th or 5 th grade Scored at 90 th percentile or above on a grade-level standardized achievement, aptitude, mental ability test, or approved state criterion-referenced test

18 Financial Aid Duke TIP awarded over $1.5 million of financial aid in 2005 Talent Search Fee Waivers TIP waives the $25 fee for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs

19 Important Dates January Schools receive initial 4th/5th Grade Talent Search materials. Applications are distributed to qualified 4 th /5th graders. TIP Web registration opens. March 1 FINAL postmark deadline for submitting applications by mail. March 17 Final deadline for applying online. May Merit packet mailed to students -- includes Certificate of Achievement, Navigator newsletter, and Staying on Course. July Academic 411 is mailed. September Navigator newsletter fall issue is mailed to students. October EXPLORE registration materials are mailed from ACT to all current 5 th and 6 th grade participants enrolled in the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search. December Writing Contest information mailed to Talent Search participants. January EXPLORE testing (dates and sites are set by ACT). February EXPLORE testing (dates and sites are set by ACT). March Writing Contest winners announced. April Navigator newsletter spring issue is mailed to students. May-June Highest scorers on EXPLORE test invited to State Recognition Ceremonies.

20 Duke TIP also offers: Learn on Your OwnIndependent learning courses that allow students to work at their own pace MathPack: Quest Word Power Discovering King Arthur

21 Important Information Register only once in 4 th or 5 th grade. 4th/5th Grade Talent Search benefits continue through the 6th grade year. Duke TIP offers the 7th Grade Talent Search to qualifying 7th graders. Enrollment in the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search does not automatically qualify students for the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search.

22 How to Apply By Internet: March 17Deadline for Web registration **Fee waiver applications must be sent by mail.**

23 How to Apply By Mail: Application and $25 fee to: 4th/5th Grade Talent Search Duke University Talent Identification Program 1121 West Main Street Durham, NC ** Applications must be postmarked on or before March 1.**

24 Información del programa está disponible en español. Visítenos en el Internet a: Haz Cliq en Haz Cliq en Información en EspañolInformación en Español

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