Definition of a Highly Capable Student
As defined by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), highly capable students are those who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain.
Our Highly Capable Program is designed to address the significantly higher learning needs of highly capable students through a continuum of service models that span from kindergarten through 12th grade. While the program offerings vary depending on the grade level of the student, the intent is to help students explore learning through enhanced activities that target their unique skills and abilities.
Students in grades 2, 5 and 8 are screened annually to determine eligibility for highly capable programs. In addition, any parent, staff member or professional who works closely with a child may submit a Highly Capable Referral form (English form | Spanish form). Parents of students identified as highly capable will be notified and have the right to "opt-out" of receiving services.
|Nomination||January 15 - February 23, 2018|
|Data Survey & Parent Permission||March 1 - March 16, 2018|
|All 2nd, 5th, 8th grade & referred students are screened||March 19 - April 18, 2018|
|Data review for students who took the screener||April 23 - May 4, 2018|
|School based placement & appeals process||May 18 - June 15, 2018|
Program Description & Structure
The program offerings for highly capable students range from differentiation and enrichment programs or clustering models based at the student's home school to self-contained full-time placement at a one of our schools offering this program.
It is possible for a student to qualify one year and not the next. In these instances, an exit interview will be conducted with families to ensure the appropriate placement for the student.
If you have questions, please direct them to:
Director of Curriculum & Assessment
(360) 804- 2551