More than 850 HCISD students qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program’s 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. Fourth, fifth, and sixth-graders qualify for the program by scoring in the 95th percentile or higher on test scores achieved while attending elementary school.
Though the district has participated for years in Duke TIP, this is the first time the program is made available for students in these grade levels. Students were notified of their eligibility for the program in late October.
“We had a huge response to our informational sessions about the program,” said Director of Advanced Academic Services Myliss Parker. “I’m really excited to be able to expand our programming for the students and to offer opportunities to students and families that will help them in their college and career readiness paths.”
Candidates are invited to take the PSAT 8/9, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. Additionally, students receive access to enrichment activities like the book club, writing and illustration contest, and specialized publications; and eligibility to apply to TIP’s educational programs.
“Programs like Duke TIP help us as a district, to identify these students who need to be challenged, but also help provide additional support for parents through TIP’s educational programs and online resources,” said Parker.
Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth. As a global leader in gifted education, Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential. More than 2.8 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resources since 1980. Duke TIP’s talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students. For more information about Duke TIP, please visit www.tip.duke.edu.