Eligibility Process

Every year, Northshore School District evaluates 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. 

In the 2019-2020 school year, the Northshore School District universally screened 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 encouraged all parents to give permission before screening. This way, if your child moved to step 4 below, we already have your permission to administer the Iowa Assessments.

For the 2020-2021 school year, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the eligibility process is still to be determined. Please check the 2020-2021 Screening and Assessment page to see our most up-to-date information. In the mean time, you may fill out the Permission form to allow your student to be assessed if and when that may be needed. 

For students who are not in grades K, 1, and 5, you will need to Refer your student for screening and assessment. 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 Referral form. By completing the Referral Form, you are referring your child for screening (if necessary), and giving permission for any further assessing needed.

Prospective Students
If your student enrolls in Northshore after the mid-October cutoff date, you may submit a portfolio of their academic and test history to our department or apply to participate in the screening assessment process. We begin accepting portfolios in March. 

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