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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

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: 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/or math blocks.

Kindergaren-Grade 1 Group Plan

  • Grades 2-6: 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 the option of a Highly Capable learning plan for incoming, identified 2nd and 3rd grade students in their neighborhood school. 

2nd & 3rd Grade Learning Plan Information

Middle School

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

  • Students entering 7th grade who are identified for highly capable services are invited to the Challenge program. This program is currently located at Sylvester and Chinook middle school. 
  • Challenge course options may be provided in math, language arts, science and/or social studies.

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. 

Samples - High School Highly Capable Pathways

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.

Location & Service 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.

Beginning in fall of 2019, students who reside within the boundaries of the following elementary schools will be assigned to Shorewood Elementary School for the elementary school program and Chinook Middle School for the middle school program:

  • Beverly Park
  • Cedarhurst
  • Seahurst
  • Southern Heights

Students who reside within the boundaries of the following elementary schools will be assigned to Shorewood Elementary School for the elementary school program and Sylvester Middle School for the middle school program:

  • Gregory Heights
  • Hazel Valley
  • Mount View
  • Shorewood
  • White Center Heights

Students who reside within the boundaries of the following elementary schools will be assigned to Des Moines Elementary School for the elementary school program and Chinook Middle School for the middle school program:

  • Bow Lake
  • Des Moines
  • Hilltop
  • Madrona
  • McMicken
  • Midway
  • Parkside

Students who reside within the boundaries of the following elementary schools will be assigned to Des Moines Elementary School for the elementary school program and Sylvester Middle School for the middle school program:

  • Marvista
  • North Hill