• School Closings/Delays:

    Marion County Schools will be CLOSED beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, May 1, 2020. These days will be designated Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) days. Please check the information below for details.

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Gifted and Talented

Parents, in case you missed the Duke TiP 4th-6th Grade Talent Search, please watch the following video for information given that night.

Duke TiP video


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You can sign-up to be notified about this opportunity by visiting: https://www.jkcf.org/notify-me/



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duke tip 4th-6th grade graphic

Students qualify for the 4th-6th Grade Talent Search by achieving a score in the 95th percentile or higher on a qualifying exam. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including optional above-level testing, enrichment activities, specialized publications, and access to TIP’s educational programs.



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duke tip 7th grade talent search

Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.


Talent Search Video







Lesli Van Why, Gifted and Talented Coordinator
Laurie Followell, Gifted and Talented Secondary Consultant

Shelley Badgett, Program Director
Troy Benningfield, Program Director
Kim Riley, Gifted and Talented Administrative Assistant


Kentucky offers gifted education services for identified students across all grade levels. Primary students are screened and selected as high potential learners and students in grades 4-12 are formally identified for services in one or more of the following areas:

  • general intellectual aptitude
  • specific academic aptitude
  • creative or divergent thinking
  • psychosocial or leadership skills
  • visual or performing arts

704 KAR 3:285. Programs for the gifted and talented.