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Gifted and Talented Students


Students that have been identified as Gifted and Talented have resources available in every state. Many of these programs are not well known but I have worked with gifted students over the years and I have found many of these programs. It is very beneficial for most of these student to start the process early. I have worked mainly with gifted students of various talents so I can guide you through this process and help you find the appropriate programs and testing services to get your student ahead of the game. Below is a guide to each of the Talent Identification Programs across the country. Click on the colored box to go to each of their websites.

Talent Identification Programs (TIP)


There are four talent identification programs throughout the country. They operate based on regions.

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. In 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.

Duke University (TIP)  Talent Identification Program

Duke TIP operates in 16 states throughout the Southeast 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.[1] Duke TIP also allows students who used to live in the Southeast and Midwest at the time of their qualification for the program but then moved out of state. Children with advanced intellectual and academic abilities continually perplex and challenge educators and parents, and schools may not have the resources and staff to adequately provide for the academic challenges, and social and emotional support that gifted children require. For these reasons, Duke TIP is committed to providing services and programs beyond what is offered in the classroom to meet the individual needs of gifted children.

Northwestern University Center For Talent Development

Northwestern University TIP operates in 7 states throughout the Midwest, specifically the states of Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinios, Indiana and Ohio. NUMATS offers above-grade-level testing to high-performing students in grades 3 through 9, providing a more accurate assessment of their abilities.  Participation in NUMATS gives students the confidence, information and resources necessary to develop their talents, make wise academic choices and set appropriate educational goals.

Johns Hopkins University Center For Talented Youth

JHU CTY operates in 19 states in the West, Northwest and the Northeast specifically the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine Alaska and Hawaii. As part of Johns Hopkins University, CTY helps fulfill the university’s mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world, identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide.

University of Denver - Rocky Mountain Talent Search - Center For Bright Kids

University of Denver TIP operates in 7 states throughout the West, specifically the states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico. CBK offers K-12 enrichment and acceleration programming for high interest and high ability kids. Our focus is not only on how kids think and learn, but how they discover ways to navigate the world while thinking and learning differently. CBK is focused on providing safe spaces for kids to laugh and play while being intellectually challenged with intensive academic experiences and actively engaged in meaningful, authentic learning experiences.

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