For the second year in a row, Duke University is recognizing 15 CHISD seventh-graders for their top scores on college entrance exams. The number of Longhorn students being honored has increased fivefold from last year.
In February 64 seventh-graders took the ACT, which includes sections on English, math, reading and science. Danielle Arnette scored in the top 1 percent amongst seventh-graders nationwide. Duke will honor Arnette at a national awards ceremony in Durham, N.C.
Additionally, the university will honor her and 14 other CHISD test takers at a state-level recognition ceremony. These scholars scored in the top 20 percent or above amongst their peers nationwide. Texas Christian University will host the ceremony in May.
All seventh-graders honored at the events are enrolled in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), a nonprofit that provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators and schools. Students qualify for the program by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test.
This fall, CHISD administrators who oversee GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), funded by a $6.3 million federal grant, identified students eligible for Duke TIP. Students in the program are encouraged to take college entrance exams. GEAR UP grant dollars covered the ACT testing fees.