DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Students

JUNIOR  DECATS

JUNIOR DECATS 2017

Mission Statement:

The DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Students (DECATS) seeks to develop young minds that are bright, capable, and full of curiosity. Our goals:

  • To identify and challenge young scholars at a critical time in their lives
  • To promote a better understanding of gifted students’ unique characteristics and needs among their families and home schools

Junior DECATS scholars have an intensive study of four courses during the three-week summer session. Classes emphasize hands-on, exploratory learning in the areas of literature, social studies, mathematics, science, computer science, multimedia presentation, journalism, creative writing, yearbook, fine arts, and language.


Criteria for Admission:

Enrollment in Junior DECATS is limited to students who are completing the third through the fifth grades by June of current school year in a Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of Dallas. Home schools will complete a nomination form for students who meet the criteria. To qualify a student must have an Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) achievement test results of 97% in two or more major subject areas including Total Reading, Total Math, Language, Science, Social Studies, Environment, or Total Battery WITH an accompanying Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Composite Total of 125 (minimum).  CogAT score must be actual score and not the percentile rank.


Application:
Applications will be mailed to nominated students by the first Saturday of December of the current school year and must be returned by the third Saturday in February (same school year) along with a $100 deposit. A committee will review applications and make selections, with family notifications to be emailed early March.  While every effort will be made to accommodate as many students, representing as many schools as possible, nominations typically exceed spots available each year. Deposits will be returned for students not accepted into the program.


Curricula:

Students will have an intensive study of four courses during the three-week session. Course topics, of a divergent educational nature, will emphasize hands-on and exploratory learning. Using the Triad process developed by Joseph Renzulli and emphasizing higher-order cognitive activities, the DECATS Program will emphasize the curricular areas of literature, social studies, mathematics, science, computer science, multimedia presentation, journalism, creative writing, memory book, fine arts and language.

DECATS strive to:

  • Challenge students to operate cognitively at complex levels of thought
  • Guide students in learning cooperatively with intellectual peers
  • Encourage the creative process of learning
  • Enlighten students regarding inter-relationships between all bodies of knowledge
  • Expand on the special interests and talents of each individual student
  • Expose students to activities requiring advanced and creative thinking
  • Develop each student’s decision-making and leadership abilities


Tuition and Fees:

  • The fee for the three-week summer program is $450 per student. The actual per student cost for operating the program is approximately $546 per student, leaving a $146 gap which is paid by the DeBusk Foundation, through the generosity of Mr. Manuel DeBusk.
  • A $100 deposit is required to hold a spot and is due no later than the third Saturday in February along with the DECATS application. The $350 balance will be due by the last Friday in April. Written requests for tuition assistance should be received with the application by the February due date.


Schedule & Location:

Junior DECATS will be held at Mary Immaculate Catholic School – 14032 Dennis Lane Farmers Branch, TX 75234  Phone: 972-234-7105 Ext: 2147

Hours of Operation:

  • 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM (Monday-Thursday)
  • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Friday)


Dates of Operation:

  • Monday, March 6, 2017 - Letters of acceptance emailed to families
  • Saturday, March 25. 2017 - Course selection for scholars who pre-registered begins
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 - Course selection for remaining scholars begins
  • Saturday, June 3, 2017 Junior DECATS Parent/Scholar / Teacher Meeting 1:00-3:00 PM
  • Monday, June 5, 2017 - Junior DECATS Teacher Preparation Day
  • Monday, June 6, 2017 - Junior DECATS begins at Mary Immaculate School for Students
  • Classes meet Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. & Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Morning Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m. and Afternoon Extended Care is available until 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday for working families. There is no extended care on Fridays.
  • Friday, June 23, 2017 Performances, Open House and Closing for DECATS 2015 


Please Note: Junior DECATS begins on Tuesday, June 6 with 1/2 days on all Fridays. After school care will be provided until 5:00 PM from Monday through Thursday


Deadlines:

  • Nomination packets distributed to area Catholic Elementary Schools by Friday, November 21, 2017
  • Monday, January 16, 2017 Application information emailed to all nominees’ families
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 DECATS application and $100 non-refundable deposit, due from all interested families 
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 Selection committee meets to choose applicants for 2016 Summer Program
  • Monday, March 6, 2017 Letters of acceptance emailed to families
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 Course selection for scholars who pre-registered begins
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 Course selection for remaining scholars begins
  • Monday, May 1, 2017 $350 tuition balance due for all Junior DECATS scholars 



Additional Contact Information

Jodi Sheffield, Director  Email: jrdecats@gmail.com
(972) 239-3203 x2147  (972) 934-0657 (FAX)
 Junior DECATS 13901 Midway Rd. #102-226, Dallas TX 75244


Clinic Phone Number
Parents please use this phone number to contact Jr. DECATS. Mrs. Silverstein is the nurse in the clinic.
972-243-7105 x111