No, the requirement for first-time families (including at least one parent / guardian) is required in order to attend DECATS. Orientation is offered once at each campus location, and you must attend at your assigned campus since the faculty, facility, courses and course schedule are different at each site.
Orientation includes essential information about the structure and purpose of the program, including an opportunity for Scholars and parents to get to know the people and campus prior to our first day. Significant experience and feedback has proven that hearing this information second-hand is not sufficient to prepare first-time Scholars and their parents for what lies ahead. Scholars arriving Monday without this preparation miss out on essential information necessary for us to open the program in a safe (and fun) way for all.