Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


I'm new to Highline. How do I get my student in the Highly Capable program?

Students who are newly enrolled in Highline Public Schools are eligible to be tested during our regular testing window each winter. Students who receive highly capable services in a previous district are not able to "transfer" their placement from one district to another since each district has their own identification process. Parents/guardians and Highline school staff are welcome to nominate their students before the assessment period by email at

If your student transitions to Highline Public Schools after the Highly Capable Program testing period, please talk to your student’s new school about the opportunities that the school provides for academically accelerated students. All schools provide differentiated instruction and have programs and opportunities for students at all academic levels.

Highly Capable Program assessment happens in the Winter of every school year so students new to the district will have the opportunity to test during the next testing period.

My child is not currently enrolled in a school in the Highline Public Schools, can they still be tested to be considered for highly capable services?

Highline offers this testing service to families who reside within the Highline Public Schools boundaries. The following are important factors in determining if they are eligible for this testing service:

  • Student resides within Highline Public Schools boundaries.
  • Current 1st through 6th grade student
  • Students must be tested within the testing window. Testing typically occurs in February for eligibility the following school year.
  • If your child qualifies for highly capable services, families must follow the enrollment process for the school in their service or program area in order to receive highly capable services.
  • To nominate your student for testing, please email our Highly Capable Program Team at

What is the typical learning experience in a Challenge classroom?

  • Project-Based Learning- opportunities are provided for students to acquire deeper knowledge through exploration of real-world challenges and problems across content areas driven by student interest.
  • Advanced Level Curriculum and Resources-math and literacy instructed at more advanced levels when appropriate.
  • Independent Learning Opportunities-students identify areas of interest for in-depth study by analysis, critique and presentation of their learning, facilitated by their classroom teacher.
  • Practice of Higher-Level Thinking Skills- such as analysis, creativity and evaluation in various content areas
  • Peer Learning Model-provides students with an opportunity to learn with peers who are also receiving highly capable services.

What is the Highly Capable Learning Plan?

The Highly Capable Student Learning Plan provides 2nd-5th grade students an option offered at a student’s neighborhood school in their general education classroom by their teacher. Accommodations may include differentiated curriculum and instruction, intentional student groups or accelerated content area instruction for a portion of their school day.