Highly Capable Services
Elementary Advanced Program services at four elementary schools to support student enrollment growth and provide neighborhood service delivery:
In response to an increase in enrollment due to construction infill and program growth, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, the Northshore School District plans to provide highly capable services to students at Frank Love, Arrowhead, East Ridge, and Westhill in grades 2 and 3 while continuing to provide legacy students services in their current locations (Lockwood, Moorlands, Sunrise, and Canyon Creek respectively) for highly capable services in grades 4 and 5. The following year (2024-2025), the programs will grow their services by one year until they provide services in grades 2 through 5 for all their neighborhood students.
We will provide professional development for staff at our new locations as well as support throughout the school year as they work to begin EAP services for students. We are excited to be able to work to serve more of our students at their neighborhood schools.
Transportation will continue for students through grade 5. Younger siblings, however, whether receiving services or not, will need to enter their neighborhood school unless they go through the District waiver process and provide their own transportation.
Families of newly qualified students entering in grades 4 and 5 who qualify for highly capable services will need to decide if they would like services delivered in their neighborhood school in a general education setting or in an Elementary Advanced Program (EAP) setting. Service delivery may differ depending on the site.
Families who may have students in both settings (a second grader and a fourth grader) and both qualify for highly capable services may apply for a waiver into the EAP school where the fourth grader attends. The waiver will be approved on a space available basis with our student services department.
Refer a student and Give Permission to Participate (any student who does not have a HiCap designation and any single subject qualified student who would like to be assessed in the second subject can be referred for screening and assessment.) Referrals for testing in 2023-2024 will open August 2023 and will Close October 14th at 4:00pm.
Please note: we have combined these 2 forms (Referral form and Permission to Participate form) into a single form. You may refer your student and give permission to test in the same form.
- 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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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.
Assistant Superintendent South Region
Dr. Amity Butler
Assistant Director of Accelerated Models and Programs
Instructional Support Specialist
3330 Monte Villa Parkway
Bothell, WA 98021
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