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22 Overbrook School seventh-graders qualify for college entrance exam
Posted 10/17/2016 08:14AM

Twenty-two Overbrook School seventh-graders met required scores in selected subject areas on their standardized/achievement test to qualify to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program for 2016-17.

The following seventh-graders qualified for Duke TIP and will now be eligible to take the ACT or SAT college entrance exams this year. They are: Helen Alexander, Sam Arender, Rosemary Bonadies, Claire Davis, Will Ducas, Hannah Gilmer, Emily Gilmer, Lila Gilmer, Evelyn Hare, Anna Huber, Emily Grace Kenigson, Eloise McSurdy, Luciana Nunez, Flanigen Phillips, Ellie Rodgers, Elizabeth Roth, Stevie Strickland, Ava Thienel, Vivian Thienel, Ari Ungurait, Halle Marie Williams and Emma Vogeli. 

Overbrook students participate in the yearly assessment through ERB -- Comprehensive Testing Program 4 (CPT 4). This is a rigorously designed test battery for collecting critical educational data on student achievement and progress. The test is developed by Educational Testing Service for ERB to serve the needs of high-achieving schools and schools wishing to set high standards. Overbrook students take the test each spring in grades 1-8. Teachers then use this data to gauge teaching and learning.

The students who qualified for the Duke TIP are now eligible to take the SAT or ACT College Board this school year as seventh-graders. The 33-year-old Duke TIP identifies academically talented seventh-graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school, according to the Duke TIP website. Duke TIP then provides the participants with comparative information concerning their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. 

“Our students are devoted to their academics and put in hard work every day to learn and grow academically,” said Principal Sister Julia Marie, O.P. “The fact that so many of our seventh-graders qualified for this program shows the strength of our program and the dedication our students have to their own education.”

 “This is also a great opportunity for our seventh-graders because they get a chance to take a college entrance exam much earlier than most students who traditionally take the ACT or SAT for the first time in high school,” Sister Julia Marie added.


Overbrook roots children in truth, inspires them to wonder and challenges them to give their best to the world. Founded in 1936 by the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation, Overbrook is a co-educational, prekindergarten through eighth-grade independent Catholic school with a dynamic tradition of educating children in a community setting through study, prayer and service. Overbrook, is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

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