New School Students Qualify for Duke Talent Identification Program, Receive State and Grand Recognition

Eighty percent of The New School seventh grade students qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, which identifies students with exceptional academic abilities. Nationally, only 30 percent of all seventh graders qualify for the program. Selected students were invited to take the ACT or SAT college entrance exams with those who scored well provided additional resources and opportunities designed for accelerated students.


Eighty percent of The New School seventh grade students qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, which identifies students with exceptional academic abilities. Nationally, only 30 percent of all seventh graders qualify for the program. Selected students were invited to take the ACT or SAT college entrance exams with those who scored well provided additional resources and opportunities designed for accelerated students.

New School seventh graders Jennings Hix, Lucas Kellar, Julian Sanker and Jaya Sharma won state recognition for their scores through the Duke Above-Level Testing Program. Kellar, who achieved a score above the 90th percentile ranking, will be honored with Grand Recognition at the national ceremony in Durham, North Carolina. Duke TIP evaluates score levels to benchmark against the national percentile rankings (NPR) for high school juniors and seniors.

"This high number of qualifying Duke TIP seventh grade students reflects the strength of our students' abilities, the depth and balance of our academic program and the excellence of our faculty," said Dennis Chapman, president and head of school. "We are very proud of our students."

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Students in 7th grade may qualify based on their 5th or 6th grade norm-referenced test results. Students who score 95 percent or above in qualifying sub-tests are eligible to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program. For information about Duke TIP, please visit http://www.tip.duke.edu.