Additional Information:
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: srdecats@hotmail.com


DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Students

SENIOR DECATS 2016
Mission Statement: 
  • 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) 
  • Achievement Test Scores: Minimum of 115 Composite Total on CogAT and 97th percentile in two or more curricular areas on ITBS
  • Outstanding Achievement or giftedness in Music, Art or Drama even though test scores may not meet the rigorous standards of the academically talented candidate. For this candidate, a nominating teacher must submit a letter of support. This type of nominee is considered for acceptance only if there is space available
  • 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.


Curricula:
  • Students are challenged cognitively with relevant tasks that promote critical thinking and synthesis
  • 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, Fashion Design, Journalism, 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. 


Transportation: 
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 $150.00.  Riders may sign up on line using SignUp Genius when registering for classes.  Fee is due by May 1, 2017.
Schedule:
  • June 6-22, 2017 Monday-Thursday; 9-4; Friday 9-12 
  • Staff is on campus from 8am-5pm; students dropped off earlier or staying later are not supervised 


Parent Handbook:


Fees:
  • $600 total tuition (includes $150 deposit) 
  • $150 deposit (part of total tuition) due with application 
  • $450 (balance for 2017) due by May 1, 2017 
  • Partial scholarship assistance available: please submit request along with application; form is on website under “FORMS”


Deadlines: 
  • Nominations due from schools: November 23, 2016 
  • Invitations e-mailed to nominees: December 12, 2016 
  • Applications, all requests for tuition assistance, $150.00 non-refundable deposit due: February 28, 2017 
  • Acceptance and tuition awards sent via email: March 6, 2017 
  • Course catalog posted on website:  March 15, 2017 – no registration possible, but can view course offerings 
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8AM course selection begins for pre-registered scholars
  • Saturday, April 1, 8AM course selection begins for all new applicants and those alum who did not pre-register 
  • Complete tuition due: no later than Saturday, May 1, 2017 – after due date, late fee will be assessed.  If tution is paid, but student has not selected classes, a schedule will be created for that student by an administrator – please choose the classes YOU want prior to May 1, 2017.
  • Parent/Student Orientation Meeting for students NEW to DECATS- Monday, June 5, 2017; 4-5PM (All Saints)