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Thomas Jefferson students take part in Duke University talent program


Thirteen Thomas Jefferson students are catching the eye of Duke University.

The 13 students scored above the 95th percentile on standardized tests, comparing them to students nationwide.

Being named to the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) means the kids will be invited to enrichment opportunities like special camps at colleges and they can take the SAT Test early.

These kids say taking tests regularly in the classroom and standardized ones gets them used to it.

Standardized testing begins at the first grade level, then there are the regular topic tests.

The students and school officials give some credit to Thomas Jefferson's rigorous curriculum with preparing them for tests as well.

But the head of school, Laura McDonald, says attitude can set them apart.

"We give them a lot enrichment opportunities and it's just the work they do every day in the classroom and I think a lot of it's the hard work and dedication to academics," says McDonald.  "A lot of these students are just very dedicated students.  It's not that they're smarter than any other students, they work hard, they do their homework, they read for pleasure, things like that really contribute to higher scores."

Students say they see this as an honor and an opportunity to fulfill their potential.

The TIP program isn't limited to schools submitting results.  If as a parent you feel your child is gifted and might qualify you can learn about the Duke TIP program by visiting http://www.tip.duke.edu/

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