Highly Capable Services

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the full Eligibility process for the 2020-2021 Highly Capable program is yet to be determined. The most up-to-date information on process dates  and plans can be found on 2020-2021 Screening and Assessment page. Please check back there often for any new information. 

The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is working on the 2020-2021 testing plan for students with highly capable needs.  

Kindergarten Students

The data review process for the Kindergarten holistic watch list has concluded for this year. 

Students in First Grade

Hybrid students in grade 1 will be universally screened for highly capable services after spring break at their current school. Remote students in grade 1 will be universally screened for highly capable services after spring break at the school in which they were enrolled winter quarter. Every school will have a designated two week time period between spring break and the end of school. The Accelerated Models and Programs Department will email families with first grade students to let them know the two week period of time their school will participate in screening and assessments.  Please note that we will NOT have time to accommodate vacations or absences this year until after school is out. If you wish to participate in highly capable screening and assessment, please plan to be at school during the weeks your student’s school participates in testing. Please direct any questions to hicap@nsd.org.

April 19-23 (NNAT3) & April 26-30 (Iowa)
Wellington
Sunrise 
East Ridge 
Westhill
Cottage Lake
May 3-7 (NNAT3) & May 10-14 (Iowa)
Fernwood
Ruby Bridges 
Hollywood Hill
Crystal Springs
Frank Love
Northshore Family Partnership
May 17-21 (NNAT3) & May 24-27 (Iowa)
Canyon Creek 
Kokanee 
Kenmore
Lockwood 
Shelton View 
June 1-4, 7 (NNAT3) & June 8-11, 14 (Iowa)
Moorlands
Woodmoor
Arrowhead 
Maywood Hills
Woodin 

 

Students in grade 2-3 qualified in a Single Subject (Math or Reading)

We are remotely administering the IOWA assessment in April & May 2021 to 2nd & 3rd grade students who are qualified for highly capable services in a single subject. Students will receive instructions in an email to reserve a timeslot for Iowa assessments. Questions may be directed to hicap@nsd.org.  

Students in grade 2-3 with No Current HiCap Designation

We will remotely administer the NNAT3 to students who were referred for testing in the Fall or are new to Northshore in grade 2 & 3. If you currently have a district Chromebook or Macbook checked out, please see the "Screening for Students with no HiCap Designation - NNAT3" section below for information on how your student will log in to be screened. If you do not have a district-issued device, please request one as described in the "Screening for Students with no HiCap Designation - NNAT3" section below, and you will be contacted to pick up a device at your school. The NNAT3 for grades 2 and 3 needs to be completed before May 7, 2021. Students who meet the screening threshold will be invited to take the Iowa assessment.  Questions may be directed to hicap@nsd.org.   

Students in grade 4 qualified in a Single Subject (Math or Reading)

We are remotely administering the IOWA assessment in March & April 2021 to 4th grade students who are currently HiCap qualified in a single subject. Students may see Iowa Reservation instructions below to reserve a timeslot if you have been invited to do so. The last date for 4th graders to take the Iowa assessment this school year is April 14th. Questions may be directed to hicap@nsd.org.  See below for details

Students in grade 4 with No Current HiCap Designation

We remotely administered the NNAT3 to students who were referred for testing in the Fall or are new to Northshore in grade 4. NNAT3 testing for 4th graders ended April 9th.  Students who are invited to take the Iowa assessment, may see Iowa Reservation instructions below to reserve a timeslot. The last date for 4th graders to take the Iowa assessment this school year is April 14th. Questions may be directed to hicap@nsd.org.   

Students in grades 5, 6 & 7

We are currently finished with the Screening and Assessment process for current NSD students in grades 5, 6, & 7. 

Refer a student (any single subject qualified student who would like to be assessed in the second subject and any student who does not have a HiCap designation can be referred for screening and assessment.) Deadline for Referrals is October 16th at 4:00pm

Permission to Participate Deadline for Permission to Participate is October 30th at 4:00 pm. 

Announcements: 
Welcome families! Here's a quick overview of the information you can find on the NSD HiCap web pages:
 
  • Service Models: Here are descriptions of Northshore's Highly Capable programs.
  • Eligibility Process:  Highly Capable Eligibility Process for current Northshore students. 
  • Non-Northshore Students: If your student is not currently enrolled in Northshore school district or if your student enrolled after our mid-October cutoff date, visit our Non-Northshore Student page
  • Opt Out: Not interested in Highly Capable testing this year? By completing this form, we'll know that your family does not wish to participate in this year's Highly Capable Eligibility Process. 

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Let's keep in touch. When our department needs to reach a large group of families at once, we use Northshore's mass notification system. To protect student privacy, we only use the contact information Northshore has on file. We don't want you to miss out on any updates, so this is a good time to make sure that Northshore has your correct contact information. You can do this in ParentVUE or by checking with the main office at your student's school.

We remain thankful for your partnership - looking forward to a great school year!

Highly Capable Department

What is the Highly Capable Program?

Highly Capable Services are designed for students identified as advanced learners through cognitive and/or academic performance.

We provide services and offer programs for students whose needs are beyond the scope of the general education classroom. Our services are designed to provide a challenging, integrated, and enriched curriculum.

Students are identified for Highly Capable services in a two-step process: universal screening and assessment.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Whole-child focus.  Support for academic, creative, and social-emotional development fostering a growth mindset.
  • Different work, not more work.  Developing innovative, creative, and critical thinkers through access to advanced learning standards with appropriate depth and rigor.  
  • Not a one-size-fits-all.   Highly Capable qualified students have diverse needs and unique challenges, in addition to high cognitive capability and/or academic achievement.  Often this requires the collaboration of teams across programs to meet the needs of individual learners.
  • Equitable access. Ability and talent are equally distributed, opportunity is not. All students, regardless of race, income, culture, special needs, or support program, have the potential to qualify for advanced learning services when given equitable opportunity with culturally and linguistically accessible instruments and an unbiased qualification system.

HiCap Team

Director of Accelerated Models and Programs
Amity Butler

Instructional Support Specialist
Elizabeth Williamson

Instructional Support Specialist
Trish Katz

Data Analyst
Angie Hancock

 

Contact

Address
3330 Monte Villa Parkway
Bothell, WA 98021

Phone Number
425-408-7713

Send an Email

Please add hicap@nsd.org to your contacts so that you don't miss any communication!

Resources

HiCap HiLights