Gifted Students, Resources, and Talent Search info

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From another thread, I'm posting a bunch of stuff and providing links & resources.... Feel free to add to it & let me know about things I may not be aware of!!

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Talent Searches:


Duke TiP: http://tip.duke.edu/

Starts in 4th grade with Explore. Register in 4th grade. Test in 5th.

Can also register and test in 7th with the SAT or ACT.

Classes are available at USC Columbia to Duke TiP participants: http://saeu.sc.edu/adventures/index.html  They have the PUP program & have day classes (we’re doing one for ds at the end of this month) and summer classes (we’re trying one this summer).


You’re also not limited to the talent search for your region.


Ds has participated in

NUMATS: http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/numats/

They give the best information of the 3 talent searches we’ve used. You can also test earlier with Northwestern. They have online courses at their Center for Talent Development (CTD).



CTY: http://cty.jhu.edu/

They also have online courses. They use the SCAT starting in 2nd grade and then the SAT or ACT in 7th. Ds took one of their online courses (Young Readers Course) and it was pretty cool – but pricey!


Basic testing:

If you don’t want to use a talent search or want a test before using a talent search, I’ve used Bayside: http://baysideschoolservices.com/home.html  (They’re actually my sister’s inlaws… really neat people & they homeschooled some of their kids!)

and Triangle Testing: http://www.triangleeducationassessments.com/home.php

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Useful discussion boards for gifted issues: (but be aware... this really is for outliers)

Hoagie's Gifted has tons of links & good explanations: http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/


For specific curriculum....

English: Michael Clay Thompson is excellent: http://www.rfwp.com/pages/michael-clay-thompson/

Math: Art of Problem Solving is really good: (Do NOT take their courses - move VERY fast - unless you've got a very very advanced child). They do have online practice for free with Alcumus and free online (excellent!!) videos.


The Teaching Company (Great Courses) are a cool resource: http://www.thegreatcourses.com/greatcourses.aspx?ai=16281

Courses go on sale regularly, so watch for sales & never buy a course at full price. Many libraries carry some of the courses as well. I think look under subject heading Great Courses or Teaching Company as publisher (don't recall). It sounds like you can also get access to some via Audible subscription.

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More testing...


Be sure to take the PSAT in 11th grade in October. Right now it has to be ordered through a school. Then follow up with the SAT. That's to keep the possibility of National Merit Scholarships.


Homeschoolers can take AP exams, but again, you have to get a school to administer it (and you'll likely have to pay for the test and possibly extra for proctoring). You can set up an account with the College Board and get your syllabus AP approved which lets you say the course was an AP course on the transcript. Without prior approval of the syllabus, you'd need to list the course as XXX with AP exam.


I haven't made any calls yet about testing, but if anyone ahead of me knows schools that work with parents for PSAT or AP, I'd be very interested!

I've heard that Ben Lippen in Columbia may be a good place to start, but I haven't had contact there yet.

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Dana, in my experience, parents need to go to their local school (private schools may be less intimidating) and sign up with them. They'll take the test with the class at the school.


For the SAT, parents sign up online at the College Board site and register for the testing center they prefer (they can usually choose from local high schools and universities). I recommend using a college/university instead of the local high school so students aren't as intimidated. They'll know that the students there come from all over the area and don't all know each other. (They won't be the odd man out.)




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Duke Tip question:

Do any other members have children who currently participate in the Duke Tip program at the middle school level?

My 13 year old has been participating for a few years now and has taken classes in Columbia.  This year he's taking the SAT and ACT through the talent identification program.  I am curious how other parents approach the aspect of their child taking such an exam at a young age.  I don't want to utilize my homeschool time solely for this purpose, but at the same time I don't want him to be utterly unprepared for the tests.  For example, the ACT tests through Trig in the math section and my son's currently only half-way through Algebra...  Thoughts?

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