The largest program of its kind, participants in the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search identify academic strengths, develop abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements at a crucial time when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. TIP assists families in determining how advance their students’ academic abilities are and what level of educational challenge is appropriate.
As part of the talent search enrollment, Duke TIP registers eligible 7th graders to take wither the ACT (no writing) or SAT as an above-level test. This allows students to have greater insight into their abilities and it gives them the opportunity to preview a college entrance exam.
The Duke University TIP sponsored its first talent search in 21981, attracting over 87,000 7th grade participants. This year, they attracted over 91,000. Since its inception, over 2.8 million students have taken part in a Duke TIP talent search.
Duke TIP’s talent searches provide these academically talented students with advanced learning opportunities, challenging resources, and special recognition of their achievements. The talent searches also serve as the entry point to our renowned summer residential programs for students in grades 5 through 12.
London Copelin is a 7th grade student at Mena Middle School. London was eligible to participate in the Duke TIP because he achieved a qualifying score at or above the 95th percentile on a recent grade-level test. He has been identified as part of a select group who would benefit from participation in the Duke TIP program for academically talented students. London qualified and attended the Arkansas Recognition Ceremony at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock on May 5, 2016.