Academic competition opportunities begin at the elementary level and continue throughout the HP student's academic career. Students at the elementary and middle school level participate in Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA), a program that encourages individual student achievement through academic competition. Students compete in such academic areas as Spelling, Creative Writing, Math, Number Sense, Dictionary Skills, Listening Skills, Storytelling, Ready Writing, Prose Interpretation, and Maps, Graphs and Charts.
Fourth through eighth grade students who score 95% or higher on specific subtests of the CTP4 national achievement test qualify for Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program). Duke TIP allows identified elementary students to participate in online enrichment activities and publications, out of town educational programs , and an opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9 exam. Qualifying seventh graders are invited to take the SAT or the ACT exam, allowing students who score above the average for college-bound seniors to receive additional opportunities for participation in summer programs through Duke University. Hyde Park has approximately 25% of students qualify for this recognition every year!
In high school, students can add participation in TAPPS Academic Competitions, Youth and Government, and more. Hyde Park's TAPPS Academics Teams have ranked high in regional and state competitions. Youth and Government teams have also consistently ranked among the top against public and private schools across the state. Youth and Government competitions culminate each year at the Texas State Capitol.