Traditions for Tomorrow


The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) is a national organization which identifies very bright students presently in the seventh grade.  Its purpose is to identify the academically exceptional students at an early age; to facilitate the education of these students; to follow and nurture their talent through the critical middle and high school years; and to develop an effective research effort to help understand the nature of academically talented adolescents.  Eligible students must score within the upper three percent of national age - grade norms on an acceptable math, verbal, or total composite section of an in-school achievement, aptitude, or mental ability test battery.

In 1994, the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) introduced the 4th/5th Grade Talent Search, then known as MAP: Motivation for Academic Performance. The program expanded the parameters of the TIP opportunities to include a broader range of students. TIP is known as a national leader in identifying academically talented students and providing programs and resources to support the development of their optional educational potential. To participate, students must meet three eligibility requirements.  The student must be in 4th or 5th grade; must have scored at the 95th percentile or above on a standardized achievement, aptitude, or mental ability test; and must live within TIP’s 16-state search region.

Qualifying students from Our Lady of Mercy School are invited each year to participate in this program, which is coordinated through our Guidance Office.