DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars – DECATS

DECATS (DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars) Austin, formerly known as Austin DEEP, is a three week program which occurs in June to provide exciting opportunities for gifted students.  DECATS was formed through the financial generosity of Mr. Manuel DeBusk and DeBusk Foundation in 1994 and there are operating camps in Houston, Dallas, Sugarland, Tyler and Austin.  DECATS was brought to the Austin area in 2008, by Dr. Ned Vanders, the Superintendent of Catholic School and is supported by the Diocese of Austin. 

The mission of DECATS Austin is to provide a fulfilling enrichment experience to are Catholic school students enrolled in grades 3-5 who qualify.  Core to DECATS, and most importantly, Scholars learn that “better at does not mean better than.”  All Scholars participate in a Perspectives course.  This course is a tiered approach to help Scholars learn more about themselves as they enhance their leadership and critical thinking skills.  Scholars choose three courses to fill their day.  These courses are taught by a team of committed staff who has meet Diocesan requirements to work with the Scholars.  The courses offer enrichment in a variety of areas.


  • 95th percentile on the IA in any area, in multiple areas, or as an average score overall.

2016 Theme – Sea of Creativity

DECATS Austin will be held at Holy Family Catholic School at 9400 Neenah, Austin, Texas.  The program will run from June 6-June 24 from 8:45-3:15 Mondays-Thursdays and 8:45-11:45 on the two Fridays culminating with a Closing Ceremony on June 24.

For more Information contact:

Debbie Solcher

Director, DECATS

12400 St. Highway71 W, Ste. 350-399

Austin, Texas 78738

Phone 512-451-7105

Fax 512-451-7105

Application Link


Course Descriptions

Weekly Schedule

Parent Testimonial

 Dear DECATS and Debusk foundation coordinators,

My Daughter, Natalia, has gone to DECATS for 2 years and will go again this summer.  I have never seen her so excited about any educational program as she is for this one.  She loves it so much that she has told me that when she is too old to qualify to attend as a student, that she wants to be a mentor for DECATS students and volunteer and help the teachers.  Thank you for enriching her and helping her develop her skills of responsibility and knowledge of the world!

Tish Rudwick
St. Theresa Catholic School, Austin, Tx.