Despite the pandemic, an amazing four Florida Prep middle school students have qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), placing them in the top 95th percentile in recent nationally recognized or standardized tests.
Open only to those in grades 4 through 8, the nonprofit program identifies the nation's most gifted and talented students and works with their families and educators to challenge, engage, and help them reach their highest potential.
Florida Prep’s Director of Counseling and Guidance, Mrs. Katina Long, will coordinate the program on behalf of Florida Prep.
Middle School students Xiomara C. (fifth grade), Kiandra J., and Nevaeh R. (sixth grade) will enter the program this academic year, joining fellow sixth-grade student Thomas G., who entered the program last year.
Children with advanced intellectual and academic abilities continually perplex and challenge educators and parents. Exceptionally bright students often go unrecognized because they hide their talents, underachieve, or exhibit behavioral problems. Duke Tip proves services and programs beyond those offered in the classroom to meet the individual needs of gifted children.
Qualifying fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade students may participate in Duke TIP's 4th–6th Grade Talent Search and may take advantage of its optional above-level testing. The 7th Grade Talent Search, which focuses on the identification, recognition, and support of high-ability students, offers qualifying seventh-grade students the opportunity to take college entrance exams alongside high school students. Many 7th Grade Talent Search participants go on to earn exceptionally high scores.
Talent Search participants in grades 5-12 can also elect to attend TIP's renowned residential programs, which challenge gifted students academically within a uniquely supportive social community. In addition, Duke TIP also offers gifted students a wide range of independent and distance learning courses.
Speaking about the program, Mrs. Long said “My role is to make sure that all the benefits of the program are explained to our students and to encourage them to attend weekend and summer enrichment programs that are in their areas of interest and that catered to their gifted abilities.
“I will also be asking their teachers to challenge them more, to keep them advancing and passionate about learning, and will be encouraging them to take the PSAT8/9 or SAT next year to remain in the program through their high school years”.
Further information regarding Duke TIP may be found at: https://tip.duke.edu/
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