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

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

Program Model & Schools

Program Services for Identified Students

Highly Capable Program Services (also known as HiCap or Challenge) are designed for students who: 1) are academically advanced, and 2) demonstrate high intellectual capability.

Students receiving highly capable services are often independent learners who thrive on progressively challenging opportunities and utilize advanced problem-solving, in-depth study and presentation of curriculum matched to their demonstrated skills and capabilities.

Students receiving highly capable program services through the Challenge Program practice progressively higher-level thinking skills such as synthesis, analysis, creativity, inference, and evaluation. Within a given classroom or setting, students may demonstrate a varied level of advancement relative to reading, math and written language.

Our goal is that Highline's highly capable program services meet each student's needs and capabilities and help students cultivate habits of learning that will contribute to student success in school, college, career and life.

Highline Capable Program

Elementary School

The Elementary School Program is designed for students in grades K-6 who are academically advanced or demonstrate high intellectual capability. 

  • Kindergarten-Grade 1: HiCap for students in kindergarten and 1st grade who are identified for highly capable services will receive these services in the student’s home classroom, with teachers providing extensions during literacy and math blocks.
  • Grades 2-6: HiCap for students entering grades 2-6 who are identified for highly capable services and invited to the Challenge program may attend either Shorewood or Parkside Elementary. Students in the elementary Challenge program will be in a class that will take into account each student's needs and capabilities.
  • 2nd and 3rd Grade Learning Plans: Starting in fall 2018, we will also offer a Highly Capable student learning plan for incoming, identified 2nd and 3rd grade students in their neighborhood school. 

Middle School

The Middle School Program is designed for 7th and 8th grade students who are academically advanced or demonstrate high intellectual capability. 

  • HiCap for students entering 7th grade who are identified for highly capable services and invited to the Challenge program will attend Chinook or Sylvester Middle School.
  • Students who are in the Middle School Challenge program for 7th and 8th grade have Challenge course options in math, language arts, science and social studies.

High School

The High School Program includes intentional course pathways that continue students’ accelerated trajectory toward success in college-like coursework (AP, IB, and Running Start).  Students will be encouraged to take these college-like courses as early as possible in high school and continue the learning trajectory by taking the highest level courses available either at their school or at local colleges through Running Start. 

Samples - High School Highly Capable Pathways

Location & Service Schools

Once a student is accepted into the HiCap/Challenge program, they are assigned to a Challenge school based on where they live in Highline. Transportation is provided.

South End

Students who live in the south end of the district are assigned to Parkside Elementary School for the elementary school program and Chinook Middle School for the middle school program. Students who go to the following elementary schools are assigned to the south end Challenge schools:

  • Bow Lake
  • Des Moines
  • Hilltop
  • Madrona
  • Marvista
  • McMicken Heights
  • Midway
  • North Hill
  • Parkside

North End

Students who live in the north end of the district are assigned to Shorewood Elementary School for the elementary school program and Sylvester Middle School for the middle school program. Students who go to the following elementary schools are assigned to the north end Challenge schools:

  • Beverly Park
  • Cedarhurst
  • Gregory Heights
  • Hazel Valley
  • Mount View
  • Seahurst
  • Shorewood
  • Southern Heights
  • White Center Heights