JFWA's Hargis Participating in Duke TIP Program for Gifted Students


J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) seventh-grader Hope Hargis is getting ahead in her studies this summer by participating in the Duke TIP eStudies program and completing a seven-week online course designed for seventh through 10th grade students who qualify based on ACT/SAT scores.

“I am so excited about this opportunity, and I really appreciate my teachers at JFWA for providing me with challenging lessons on my iPad,” said Hargis. “Using technology as a part of our Remote Learning Plan has given me the confidence to succeed at this opportunity.”


Hargis is the daughter of Ross and Kristi Hargis of LaFollette, Tennessee.


The prestigious Seventh Grade Talent Search for gifted students is sponsored by Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Each year, a select group of students in the United States are identified as academically gifted based on their exceptional standardized test scores in school and are invited to participate in the TIP program. Only students scoring in the 95th percentile or better on standardized tests qualify. Participants are then invited to take the above-grade level ACT or SAT tests designed for college-bound 10th and 11th graders so that their academic abilities and potential can be more accurately evaluated. They also receive a variety of support services and gain access to research and other information about using their academic abilities more effectively.


The Duke University Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit educational organization that is recognized as a leader in identifying and serving the educational needs of academically gifted youth. Through identification, recognition, challenging educational programs, information, advocacy and research, Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators, and schools to help gifted scholars reach their full academic potential. For more on Duke TIP talent searches, including qualification requirements for its fourth through sixth grade Talent Search and seventh grade Talent Search, visit www.tip.duke.edu.


The J. Frank White Academy is a private, college preparatory day school serving grades K-12, located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University. JFWA is fully accredited and STEM certified by Cognia, which is the first internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) schools and programs, signaling the growing emphasis on STEM education by educators, politicians and business leaders around the world. For more information contact JFWA Director of Admissions Bernie Harrington at [email protected] or apply online at JFWA.LMUnet.edu.

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