No, and your eligibility is not negatively impacted if you cannot accept the invitation to sign-up. Sometimes, Scholars must miss a year in the middle of their DECATS eligibility window because of other summer activities, or a new nominee is not able to start in the first year of eligibility due to other commitments. Once you are nominated, you are always eligible until you naturally age-out of the program. You do not need to be re-nominated by your school. Scholars who have attended the program before are still considered returning Scholars and will be invited back in that group of [...]
Currently, no. Foundational research that was core to the program's creation indicates that the optimum time for influence in the lives of gifted students is between third and sixth grades. Scholars who have graduated from DECATS often apply to serve as Graduate Assistants for the program.
Participants must have a ranking in the 95th percentile or above on any nationally standardized achievement test, creativity test or reasoning test - in a specific area, in multiple areas or as an average score overall. Participants must currently be completing third, fourth, fifth or sixth grade to be admitted. Students meeting the age and test score criteria are certified of their eligibility via a nomination from their school's principal.