Talent Identification Program
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The Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a gifted education program based at Duke University. Its purpose is to identify gifted children and provide them and their parents the resources for them to reach their full educational potential.
Duke TIP operates in sixteen states throughout the South and Midwest, specifically the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and in Indiana. Duke TIP was originally started in 1980.
Children are identified as part of the 4th-6th Grade Talent Search and/or as part of the 7th Grade Talent Search. In the 7th Grade Talent Search, students take the SAT or ACT. If a student does exceptionally well on these exams, he or she can receive state and even grand (national) recognition for his or her efforts. This usually entails a congratulatory letter, medals, and an invitation to attend an awards ceremony. This year (2013) 64,000 students in the 7th grade took the SAT or the ACT.
TIP also runs several summer and weekend residential programs for academically gifted students, including Summer Studies (grades 7-10), Field Studies and Institutes (grades 9-12), eStudies and eSeminars (grades 8-12), Academic Adventures (grades 5-6), Scholar Weekends (grades 8-11), and CRISIS! (grades 5-6). Independent learning opportunities are also available.
- Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University
- Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University
- Rocky Mountain Talent Search, University of Denver
- Duke TIP website
- TIPwiki - a website created and run by attendants and alumni of TIP's various programs