Frequently Asked Questions
What is HATS?
HATS stands for High Achieving Talented Students and is a three-dimensional, year-round academic enrichment program sponsored by Stetson University. Working in collaboration with the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa, Stetson University provides outstanding educational opportunities for
high-achieving students in the State of Florida. These opportunities include:
- Extracurricular enrichment programs - The HATS Summer Program and Saturday "Hatterdays" Program
- Above-level testing through the Belin-Blank Center's academic talent search (BESTS)
- Stetson University scholarships
Who is eligible?
Each year Florida students in grades K-12 who participate in gifted programs and/or have scored at or above the 95th percentile on any subject of any standardized test are invited to participate in HATS Please see the 2013 95th percentile FCAT table for details on eligibility.
Also invited are students in grades four through nine who are members of the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS).
Once a student has qualified, he or she does not have to re-qualify but is eligible to continue participating in HATS. You must submit documentation that your child qualifies with your initial registration.
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 using the contact information at right. We encourage all eligible students, including home schooled students and students attending private schools, to participate in HATS.