DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars
Director: Pat Shotland (214-957-0057)
Assistant Director: Jeff Solomon (972-672-4472) Mailing address: 8559 South Mediterranean Circle; Dallas, 75238 Fax: 214-553-8719 Website: www.srdecats.org E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To identify and challenge young scholars at a critical period in their lives
To encourage and motivate scholars to accept the social responsibility that accompanies intellectual giftedness
To make direct impact on the learning environments of participants and positively influence the lives of other students with whom participants interface
To be a valuable partner of the elementary schools participating in the identification and motivation of the nominee
Criteria for Admission:
Enrollment is limited to students who have completed the sixth, seventh or eighth grades prior to June
Former attendance in either Junior DECATS or Senior DECATS with a confirmation of acceptable behavior and attitude (behavioral updates completed by home school)
Sibling of a Senior DECATS Alum – this criteria is unique to Senior DECATS; relationship must be noted on application
Nominees make application to the program. Final selection is dependent upon application information, student’s behavior report and availability. Application does not assure acceptance.
Students are challenged to use their talents to develop leadership and social skills resulting in contributions to the outside community
Students study several courses intensely during the session. These courses address the needs of an academically talented student to have a qualitatively different educational experience
Hands-on, cooperative, student-directed learning and extensive use of outside resources are key components in making the experience meaningful. Students must be self-starters and ready to explore various academic domains.
Areas of intense daily study include, but are not limited to: Culinary Arts, Drama, Journalism, Math-STEM, Mock Trial, Psychology, Science, and Visual Arts (students choose ONE of these areas and studies in this area for the entire three week period)
Areas of exploratory electives include one hour classes that change each week. Each student chooses from a catalog of classes. The goal is to give scholars opportunities to try new areas of interest.
Suggested for all eighth graders: one week (15 hours) of Community Service, credited in many high school programs. This class is open to seventh graders, but not mandatory.
Bus service is provided by Bishop Lynch transportation department. Bus stops are determined by demand – if there is enough interest, there will be a bus provided from a specific area. In the past, bus stops have been Bishop Lynch, St. Rita, St. Mark, Prince of Peace and Mary Immaculate. Cost this year will be $125.00. Registration for bus service can be found on our website under Transportation. Fee is due by May 1, 2019.
June 4-20, 2019 Monday-Thursday; 9-4; Friday 9-12
$630 total tuition (includes $150 deposit)
$150 deposit (part of total tuition) due with application
$480 (balance for 2019) due by May 1, 2019