Upcoming program dates: July 8 - 28, 2018        

The web site will be updated in January, 2018. 

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.

The majority of our applicants 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. ADVANCE also accepts Aspire, Explore, Plan, and PSAT scores.

ADVANCE has an alternate admissions policy for those who have never taken and ACT, Aspire, Explore, Plan, and PSAT. Scroll beneath the chart to learn more about alternate admissions.  

The left side of the chart below are qualifying scores for student who took the test while in the 7th grade. If students achieve the required scores while in 7th grade, they do not have to retake the test to apply to ADVANCE in future years.

The right side of the chart are qualifying scores for students who took the test while in 8th through 11th grades.

Courses          Instructors                

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. **Students who submit SAT scores and wish to enroll in a math, science, or technology course at ADVANCE should qualify with either their SAT math or science score. Students who wish to enroll in a humanities course should qualify with their SAT EBRW score.  

Abbreviations for the ACT qualifying scores are M = Math; S = Science; E = English; R = Reading. Abbreviations for the SAT qualifying scores are EBRW = Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; M = Math.    

 

ADVANCE QUALIFYING SCORES

 

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:

 

*ACT

 

Math > 18

Science > 20

English > 20

Reading > 20

 

Or a combination of:

M > 17 and E > 19

 M > 17 and R > 19

 

**SAT 

EBRW > 510

Math > 500

 

 

 

 

Students must meet at least one

of the following:

 

*ACT

 

Math > 20

Science > 22

English > 22

Reading > 22

 

Or a combination of:

M > 19 and E > 21

 M > 19 and R > 21

 

**SAT

EBRW > 540

Math > 520

Alternate Admissions Policy

If students have never taken an ACT, Aspire, Explore, PLAN, SAT, or PSAT, or their scores did not meet or surpass the qualifying scores, they may apply through our alternate admissions policy. Students wishing to apply this way 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; a letter from a performing or visual arts teacher may be used if the student participates in one of those areas.  

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

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

Call ADVANCE, 318-357-4500, if you have questions about alternate admissions.