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

Office Hours:

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

Program Model

Highline Capable Program

Elementary School

The Elementary School Program is designed for students in grades K-5 who are academically advanced or demonstrate high intellectual capability. 

  • Kindergarten-Grade 1: 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 small group extensions during literacy and/or math blocks.

Kindergarten-Grade 1 Group Plan

For students in grades 2-5, we offer two Highly Capable program options.

  • Grades 2-5: Students entering grades 2-5 who are identified for highly capable services may participate in our Challenge program at Shorewood or Des Moines Elementary. Students in the elementary Challenge program will be in a class that will take into account each student's needs and capabilities.
  • Highly Capable Learning Plans: We offer the option of a Highly Capable learning plan for identified 2-5 grade students in their neighborhood school. 

Highly Capable Learning Plan Information

Middle School

The Middle School Program is designed for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students who are academically advanced or demonstrate high intellectual capability. 

  • Students in grades 6-8 who are identified for highly capable services are invited to the Challenge program. This program is currently located at Sylvester and Chinook middle schools. 
  • Once a student is accepted into the Challenge program, they are assigned to a school based on where they live in Highline. Transportation is provided. 
  • The Middle School Challenge Program offers specialized courses in language arts, science and social studies. Math courses will be decided based on student's individual strengths.

High School

The High School Program available at each of our high school campuses includes intentional course pathways that continue students’ accelerated trajectory toward success in college-like coursework (AP, IB, College in the High School 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. 

Program Services for Identified Students

Highly Capable Program Services (also known as HiCap) 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 or a highly capable learning plan 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.

The goal of Highline's Highly Capable Program is to provide opportunities for students to achieve a greater depth of knowledge, and in some cases, to accelerate their learning, to reach their full potential as scholars. We strive to provide services that 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.