Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend

The Duke University Talent Identification Program proudly presents the Duke TIP Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, Texas. This weekend consist of two full days of intensive academic study where 8th through 11th grade students choose a topic not typically covered in school. These courses foster greater curiosity and exposure to higher level concepts across the spectrum of math, science, humanities, and technology, and offers hands-on learning experiences with similarly motivated peers. Please note that overnight accommodations are not provided.

As a participant in the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search, your child has the opportunity to participate in the Duke TIP Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend, where students engage in critical thinking, creating, and connecting with other students with similar interests. Only 8th through 11th-grade students with a current Duke TIP identification number may register.

Our Spring Duke TIP Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend Program will be held February 17, 2018. Updated program information will be posted in early Fall 2017.

Questions? Please contact Mark Philpot at mark.philpot@fwcd.com.

Dr. Jim Aldridge

The Duke TIP Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend at Fort Worth Country Day is named in honor of Dr. Jim Aldridge, a beloved FWCD faculty member for more than 30 years. Exemplifying the heart of the Duke TIP program, Dr. Aldridge constantly displayed an intellectual curiosity that was contagious to all who knew him.  A true Renaissance man, he was a writer, rock collector, nature buff, orchid grower, computer expert, pilot, meteorologist, photographer, astronomer, scuba diver, traveler and motorcycle enthusiast. Dr. Aldridge impacted hundreds of lives over the course of his 31-year career at Fort Worth Country Day through his insatiable love of learning and deep care for his students.

Facts and Questions

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  • How to Apply

    Note: This program is only open to 8th through 11th grade students who have participated in the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search. Only students with a current TIP ID number should register.

    Students register for courses on a first come, first served basis. Class size is limited to no more than 17 students. Because the classes fill quickly, please take time to go over the course descriptions with your child to prioritize choices.
  • Registration

    All registrations are completed on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration opens Monday, Jan. 30 and closes Sunday, Feb. 26. The financial aid deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15.
  • Cost

    All courses offered March 11-12, 2017 will cost $375.00. The tuition includes academic activities, snacks and lunch. Financial aid is available; please contact Mark Philpot at mark.philpot@fwcd.com for more details.
  • Scholars Weekend Course Descriptions - Spring 2017

    How did digging a hole lead humans to know the circumference of the earth?  How do we know the distance to the planets?  How do know what is in the sun?  How did our earth get here?   It’s all about astronomy!  Please join me in an exploration of how humans have sought to understand our firmament and ourselves.  We will build and use historical instruments.  We will discuss some of the great thought-experiments that have revolutionized our understanding of our world.  Get ready to step into a new world!
    Using readings, television clips, and music videos, students will examine the historical origins of the Israel-Palestine Conflict within the framework of land dispute.  This short course will focus on the events leading up to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Students will be introduced to the history of Zionism and Arab resistance. Students will analyze the two main narratives of the conflict as told by both Palestinian, Israeli, and Arab-Israeli figures. The goal of this short course is to arrive at a deeper understanding of the conflict by examining the personal reflections and accounts of citizens living in region.
    What makes a piece of art or literature unique? What is style? How is style forged? In this course, you will evaluate the elements of style, focusing on literary techniques used by authors. Then, you will try your hand at writing a work that incorporates and mimics the techniques of the works evaluated.
    In the fiction writing workshop, we will be targeting writing and critiquing skills, and for the latter, I would like a writing sample from each student to pre-read and have ready to critique when they arrive for the weekend.  Ideally, this writing sample would be a complete work of short fiction between 1,000 and 3,000 words that shows the writer at his/her best.  This will give me a firm idea of writing skills and allow me to tailor the workshop to the specific group of writers. 
    Send the short fiction to this email address (jon.shipley@fwcd.com) as an attachment in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format.
    Movies serve the function of storytelling, entertaining, inspiring and perhaps even teaching us to cope with problems. Interestingly, when the story and production of a film is broken down we frequently discover that all stories consist of common structural elements and can engage audiences beyond their wildest dreams. When we analyze how a film engages the audience, we learn that even the smallest handful of certain elements of film can determine if a movie works or fails.
  • Financial Aid

    Financial aid is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to families who demonstrate need. However our online registration is not set up to process financial aid requests. Families interested in obtaining information regarding financial aid must first contact the Duke TIP FWCD office at mark.philpot@fwcd.org.

    The financial aid deadline is February 15th.
  • Schedule - March 11 and 12

    Duke TIP Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend – Schedule

    8:30-9 a.m.
    9 a.m.
    9:15 a.m.
    9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    12:15-1 p.m.
    1-3 p.m.
    3-3:15 p.m.
    3:15-5:30 p.m.
    5:30-6:30 p.m.
    6:30-8 p.m.
    8 p.m.
    Check-in in the Martin Campus Center
    Kick-off Meeting for Students and Parents
    Students to classes, Parents depart
    Classes in Session
    Classes in Session
    Afternoon Break (snacks provided)
    Classes in Session
    Classes in Session

    8:30-9 a.m.
    9 a.m.-noon
    noon-12:45 p.m.
    12:45-3 p.m.
    3-3:45 p.m.
    Check-in in the Martin Campus Center
    Classes in Session (Be sure to include ten-minute break where appropriate.)
    Classes in Session
    Students Present to Parents in Classrooms
    What to Bring:
    - Notebook, pencil, and pen.
    - Wear comfortable clothes (jeans or shorts are fine for class) and shoes that are suitable for walking. A raincoat or jacket is recommended for inclement weather.
  • Campus Map - Check in Location

    Review the check-in location on the campus map.
  • Cancellations

    Cancellations must be requested in writing ten (10) business days prior to the scheduled program date to ensure a refund of tuition minus a $10 non-refundable registration fee. After that time, cancellations will result in forfeiture of payment except in cases of illness (with doctor’s note on letterhead), death of an immediate family member, or inclement weather. Refunds will take approximately one month to process.
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.