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. 

We plan to begin the screening and assessment process by administering the NNAT3 to 6th and 7th grade students who were referred for testing or are new to Northshore. Our department will contact families with next steps when they are determined. Questions can be directed to hicap@nsd.org.

We will begin the Iowa Assessment in the second subject for 5th, 6th, & 7th grade Single Subject qualified students in January 2021. Check the page listed above for more details. 

The HICAP testing schedule for grades K-5 is still to be determined at the moment. Our department will update families when we are able to screen and assess students in these grades.

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. 

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
Surya Skjonsby

Instructional Support Specialist
Trish Katz

Student Data Analyst
Angie Hancock



3330 Monte Villa Parkway
Bothell, WA 98021

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