Eligibility Process

Every year, Northshore School District evaluates all enrolled students for Highly Capable Program eligibility. Students who participate in this process may receive a Highly Capable qualification. From kindergarten through eighth grade, a Highly Capable qualification enables students to engage in advanced-level work in their area(s) of strength. In high school, all students (regardless of HiCap qualification status) may enroll in advanced courses.

How can my student participate?

Current Students
If your student is in kindergarten, no action is required at this time. For all other Northshore students, your first step is to complete an online permission form. 

This year (2019-2020), the Northshore School District will only universally screen grades K, 1, and 5. Our department does not require parent permission to screen students. However, there is a very short turnaround time between the end of screening and the beginning of assessment. Because of this, we are encouraging all parents to give permission before screening. This way, if your child moves to step 4 below, we already have your permission to administer the Iowa Assessments.

For students who are not in grades K, 1, and 5, we will also need your permission to administer any assessments. If your student is currently receiving Highly Capable services in math or reading, and you would like them to be considered for a dual qualification, complete the permission form below. By completing the permission form below, you are referring your child for screening (if necessary), and any further assessing needed.

Prospective Students
Please note that only currently-enrolled Northshore students will participate in screening and testing. If your student enrolls in Northshore after October 16, 2019, you may submit a portfolio of their academic and test history to our department. We will begin accepting portfolios in spring of 2020. 

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