Program dates: July 9 - 29, 2017         

In order to achieve the complete ADVANCE experience, students should plan to engage fully in both academic and residential activities. While participation in ADVANCE fosters intellectual, social, and emotional growth, it is important to recognize that genuine academic motivation is the true heart of the program. Students unable to make academics their first priority or those primarily interested in a "summer camp experience" should refrain from applying to ADVANCE. However, the truly motivated students will enjoy a community of peers unlike any they have ever experienced.

ADVANCE accepts students who will enter grades 8 through 12 next fall.

The majority of our students qualify for admission to ADVANCE due to their participation in Duke University's Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Through Duke TIP, 7th grade gifted or talented students are given an opportunity to take an ACT or SAT and qualify for ADVANCE with their scores.

If interested students did not participate in Duke TIP, take the SAT or ACT on their own, or did not meet or surpass the required scores, the SAT, PSAT, ACT, Aspire, Explore, or PLAN results from a later year (i.e. as a eighth or tenth grader) may be used. If students have never taken an SAT, PSAT, ACT, Aspire, Explore, or Plan scores, please scroll beneath the chart to read about our Alternate Admissions Policy.

The eligibility criteria for all courses are based primarily on SAT, PSAT, ACT, Aspire, Explore, or PLAN scores. Score requirements vary by course and some courses have prerequisites. Students should click on the courses link below to determine the eligibility criteria for the classes in which they are interested.

Courses          Instructors                          

The required scores shown on the left side of the chart are admission criteria for SAT or ACT scores achieved during the student’s seventh grade year. If a student achieves the required scores while in grade seven, the student does not have to retake a SAT, PSAT, ACT, Aspire, Explore, or Plan to apply to ADVANCE in future years. Scores shown on the right side of the chart are the required scores on the SAT, PSAT, ACT, Aspire, Explore, or PLAN when the student is older.

*Students qualify for specific courses based on their scores on subsections of the ACT or SAT. For example, students who submit SAT scores and wish to enroll in a math, science, or technology course at ADVANCE should qualify with their SAT math score. Students who wish to enroll in a humanities course should qualify with either their SAT reading or writing score.

**Students qualify for specific courses based on their scores on subsections of the ACT or SAT. For example, students who submit ACT scores and wish to enroll in a math, science, or technology course at ADVANCE should qualify with either their ACT math or science score. Students who wish to enroll in a humanities course should qualify with either their ACT English or reading score.  

ADVANCE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

If test taken in

grade 7

If test taken in grades

 8, 9, 10, or 11

 

Students must meet at least one

of the following:

 

*SAT 

SAT Math > 510

SAT Critical Reading > 500

SAT Writing > 490

 

Or with two of the three following scores:

SAT Math > 500

SAT Critical Reading > 490

SAT Writing > 480

 

**ACT

ACT English > 19

ACT Math > 18

ACT Reading > 20

ACT Science > 20

 

Or with three of the four following scores:

ACT English > 18

ACT Math > 17

ACT Reading > 19

ACT Science 19

 

 

Students must meet at least one

of the following:

 

*SAT

SAT Math > 530

SAT Critical Reading > 520

SAT Writing > 510

 

Or with two of the three following scores:

SAT Math > 520

SAT Critical Reading > 510

SAT Writing > 500

 

**ACT

ACT English > 21

ACT Math > 20

ACT Reading > 22

ACT Science > 22

 

Or with three of the four following scores:

ACT English > 20

ACT Math > 19

ACT Reading > 21

ACT Science > 21

Alternate Admissions Policy

If students have never taken an SAT, PSAT, ACT, Aspire, Explore, or PLAN, or their scores did not meet or surpass the eligibility criteria, they may apply through our Alternate Admissions Policy. Students wishing to be admitted through Alternate Admissions must include the following with their application:

*1.  A letter of recommendation from a gifted, honors, or talented teacher who knows the student well.

*2.  Two examples of outstanding schoolwork. The work may include: the written portion of a science fair project; exceptional written work (term paper, history report, original poetry or short fiction, et cetera); a letter from a school sponsor stating why a student was chosen to compete in an academic rally, quiz bowl, debate team, or another project that demonstrates the candidate's exceptional ability; if the student is involved in performing or visual arts, a letter from his or her performing or visual arts teacher may be used as well.  

*3.  A copy of the student’s most recent report card.

*An alternate admissions application is not considered complete and the applicant will not be placed in a class until the above requested documentation is received by the ADVANCE office.