To ensure an equitable process, we are changing the process of identifying students eligible for Highly Capable Services. The annual identification window will shift from spring 2021 to fall 2021. We will begin screening students in fall 2021. All students newly identified for Highly Capable Services will receive services in their current school and class for the 2021-22 school year.
Notification to Families about Testing
In fall, a letter will be sent home via School Messenger of all 2nd-5th-grade students notifying families of the Highly Capable Program and the process for testing and identification.
Families of middle school students will be informed of Earned Honors opportunities in their own school. Students in middle school will be eligible for these services without being identified. Please watch this video for more information.
Nominations and Referrals
In fall, 2021, all students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades in Highline are screened to receive highly capable services. We think this is critical in the early years because brain development is so rapid and variable at young ages, and intelligence does not always present itself in a traditional way, for students with a variety of backgrounds and exposure to early learning experiences.Students in any grades 2-5 may be nominated for testing by their parent/guardian, teacher, principal, another staff member, other students or a community member. If a student is referred to the program and their grades/test scores are generally proficient, they will be offered testing. For student nominations, you may call the Teaching and Learning Office at 206-631-3101 or submit your nomination online. Nominations will open in August 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year.
Processes for identification for 2022-23 will be communicated in early 2022.