Highly Capable Program

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 productivity within a specific domain. Read more about the characteristics of a highly capable student here.

Program Purpose

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.

Screening Process

Students in grades 2 and 4 are screened annually to determine potential 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). In alignment with OSPI's equitable identification, the top 4% of students in each student group ("racial, ethnic and socio-economic population present in the public school population") are identified as eligible for highly capable services. Parents of students identified as highly capable will be notified and have the right to "opt-out" of receiving services.

Resources


Services Offered

Elementary Level

  • Highly Capable students are served in the general education classes. The general education teacher differentiates lessons, assignments, and projects based on student readiness, interest, and learning profile.
     
  • If numbers support it, fourth and fifth grade students identified as highly capable may be served in a self-contained Hi Cap classroom called Excel at Chain Lake Elementary. This classroom accelerates student math curriculum and the teacher differentiates lessons, assignments, and projects based on student readiness, interest, and learning profile.
     
  • Students are notified of any after-school enrichment activities.

Middle Level

  • Highly Capable students are served in the general education classes. The general education teacher differentiates lessons, assignments, and projects based on the student's readiness, interests, and learning profile.
     
  • School staff work to channel Hi Cap students in the advanced course offerings, such as Honors or High School Credit in middle school, that align with their identified strengths. It is not required to be Hi-Cap to take advanced course offerings.
     
  • Students are notified of any after-school enrichment activities.

High School Level

  • The general education teacher differentiates lessons, assignments, and projects based on the student's readiness, interests, and learning profile.

  • School staff work to channel Hi Cap students into the advanced course offerings, such as Honors, College in the High School, AP Classes, Running Start, and Sno-Isle Skills Center. It is not required to be Hi Cap to take advanced course offerings.

  • Students are notified of any after-school enrichment activities.


Timeline

Fall 2019

• Students are referred by parents, teachers, and/or district.

• Permission-to-test forms are sent home to parents.

Winter 2020

• Students with parent permission, and all second and fourth graders take the initial COGAT screener.

• Students who pass the first screener must have parent permission to take the COGAT post screener.

Spring 2020

• COGAT scores are reviewed at the district level, then at the school level.

• Students who meet criteria from post-screener are identified as highly capable learners.

• Letters are sent home to qualified candidates to opt-in to receive Hi-Cap services.

• Appeals, if necessary, will occur during this time.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know which students in my class have been identified as highly capable?

A: School counselors have the list and they will also be identified on Skyward as late as Winter 2020 with the symbol "^" on the class roster.

Q: Where can I find additional information about each of the highly capable learners?

A: The COGAT Profile Narrative will be in the student's cumulative file. Use the ability profile on www.cogat.com for more detailed information.

Q: Is it a district program or a school program?

A: It's a school program because it's a service between teacher and student. The district's involvement includes accountability to the state in identifying and placing students.

Q: If I have questions, who do I contact?

A: David Paratore, Executive Director of Student Services, facilitates the screening and identification process at the buildings and reports data to the state: paratored@monroe.wednet.edu.

Sandra Monson is the TOSA support for highly capable services. monsons@monroe.wednet.edu