The Duke University Talent Identification Program

    The Joseph Baldwin Academy

    What is it? The Duke TIP Program provides an opportunity for highly able 7th grade students to build their test taking skills by participating in an out-of-level testing experience. Students who qualify can choose to take the ACT or SAT. Students may qualify for TIP by scoring at the 95th percentile or higher on a grade level standardized achievement, aptitude, or mental ability test battery.

    When do I apply? Enrollment is open from August 1 - April 30, but Duke TIP recommends interested students test by the end of February.

    Any other information? Students who did not qualify or who missed the enrollment period for Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search can still join Duke TIP through TIP Option. With TIP Option, students take the ACT or SAT on their own and report their scores to Duke TIP. 7th grade students who did not qualify for the Talent Search (did not score 95% or above) and 8th grade students who did not participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search program are eligible for TIP Option.

    Visit The Duke TIP Website for additional information.

    What is it? JBA offers highly talented students (in 7th, 8th or 9th grade) a head start on their future university careers by allowing them to spend three weeks as college freshman at Truman State in Kirksville, Missouri. The program strives to provide middle and junior high students the opportunity to have a unique educational experience that will challenge and stimulate them academically. To qualify for the program, students must score in the 95th percentile or higher on a nationally standardized achievement exam and be nominated by the school counselor (or principal).

    When do I apply? Applications need to be postmarked by December 3, 2021 and require transcripts and a teacher recommendation.

    Visit The JBA Website for additional information.



    To inquire about your child's eligibility or for additional information about either program, please contact your child's school counselor in the Counseling Office at 573-214-3263. 

    Upon request, application materials and additional information will be sent home with interested students.