Stetson University HATS Program

HATS Summer Program

HATS stands for High Achieving Talented Students and is a three dimensional, year-round, academic enrichment program sponsored by Stetson University's Office of Boundless Learning. Working in collaboration with the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa, HATS program provides outstanding educational opportunities for high-achieving students in the state of Florida. Students are encouraged to register for a class based on their strengths and area of interest.

Eligibility for Participation

Each year, Florida students, including gifted and homeschoolers, in grades K-12 who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on any subject of any standardized test are invited to participate in HATS.

Students in grades four through nine who are members of the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) are also invited.

» Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS)

Stetson University works with various school districts to identify eligible students. If you believe you or someone you know is eligible to participate, but has not been notified by Stetson University or by the Belin-Blank Center, please contact us by emailing We encourage all eligible students, including homeschooled students and students attending private schools, to participate in HATS.

Registration and Class Times

  • Summer courses and registration will be posted soon.
  • Class sessions for 2016 at the DeLand campus will be offered in July.
  • All classes will meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

Class Locations

Classes are located in Sage Hall at the university's DeLand campus.

» Campus Map

Summer Program Pricing

The cost for each one week class is $260 per student and includes a "HATS" t-shirt and materials. Students may register for more than one class, schedule permitting. Students who enroll in more than one class and families who register more than one child are eligible for a multiple class/sibling discount of $225 per class. If you would like to purchase additional t-shirts, they are available at a cost of $10 and can be ordered at the time of registration.

Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the program and for providing a bagged lunch each day for their child.

HATS Teacher Recommendation

As instructors, teachers spend an extensive amount of time with their students. These educators have a thorough understanding of each student's personal qualities and academic strengths. As HATS provides an exceptional and beneficial opportunity for those students who are curious, motivated, and exhibit a high level of ethics in the classroom, we would appreciate your thoughtful reflection on whether these students would succeed in this program.

» HATS Teacher Recommendation Form

Hatterdays on Saturdays

The High Achieving Talented Students (HATS) Program offers year-round academic enrichment classes. We provide an array of monthly classes held in Sage Hall on the DeLand campus. All classes are on Saturday mornings from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. We invite families from all over Florida to participate and visit Stetson University's beautiful campus as well as downtown DeLand: "the Athens of the South."

Tuition for each class is $45.