Frequently Asked Questions

Are students separated by grade level?

Yes, the students are separated into three groups: BERETS, HATS I, and HATS II. BERETS stands for Beginning Enrichment Recognizing Emerging Talents and is for students identified as gifted in grades K-2. HATS I is for students who have scored at the 95th percentile or higher on any standardized testing (FCAT, ITBS, etc.) in grades 3-5 during the 2015-2016 school year. HATS II is for students who have scored at the 95th percentile or higher on any standardized testing (FCAT, ITBS, etc.) who are in grades 6-12 during the 2015-2016 school year.

Do I have to attend HATS I before attending HATS II?

No, participation in HATS I is NOT required for participation in HATS II.

Do I have to attend the same class for the entire week?

Yes, classes are designed to be one week long.

Can I take more than one class?

Yes, you can sign up for more than one class. There is no limit to the number of classes you may take.

How do I sign up for more than one class?

Print, complete, and send a registration form for each class you want to attend. It should be sent with payment to the address provided at the top of the form. Online registration and payment is also available.

Is transportation available?

No. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from the HATS Program.

Will I receive a grade or any type of college credit for my HATS class?

No, there are no grades or college credit. However, you will receive a certificate of participation on the last day of class.

How can I apply for a scholarship to the HATS Summer Program?

All students who participate in BESTS (take the ACT in 2015-2016) are eligible to receive a scholarship for the HATS Summer Program. The highest scoring students at each grade level will be offered scholarships to the HATS Summer Program. If a student declines a scholarship, it will be offered to the next highest-scoring student.

How do I apply for a scholarship to attend Stetson University?

The names of all HATS participants and BESTS members are provided to the Stetson University Office of Admissions. When you are ready to apply to Stetson University, please advise your admissions recruiter you have attended a HATS Summer Program and/or participated in BESTS. You will automatically receive the HATS Scholarship in addition to any other scholarship awards. (HATS and BESTS students are typically strong students who qualify for substantial scholarship opportunities at Stetson University.)

Can I pay for classes online?

Yes, we accept credit cards for online payment. You may also print and mail the application with a check made payable to Stetson University HATS.

Why are some classes cancelled?

Classes are cancelled when too few students sign up for them. We contact families to determine whether another class is acceptable or if a refund is required.

How do I know if a class is available?

You may register for any class listed on the website. If a class fills up, we will post a notice by the course description.