Refer a Student

Students in Grades K, 1 and 5 participate in Universal Highly Capable Screening each fall in their regular classrooms. Students in all other grades must be referred before the Highly Capable Department will screen and assess them.

Even students who have a single subject Highly Capable designation need to be referred for testing if they are in grades 2, 3, 4, 6 or 7 and their guardian wishes for them to be assessed in the other subject.

Students in grades 8-11 are not assessed, but may submit a Portfolio Review form to have their student evaluated for Highly Capable services. 

If parents, guardians, extended family, teachers and community members wish to refer students who are not Universally screened for Highly Capable testing, they may fill out the Referral Form below.

All students, even those who are universally screened, need permission from their guardian to participate in Step 2 of the Eligibility Process: Assessment. Screening may occur in the student's regular classroom and does not require guardian permission.

If your student is in grade K, 1, or 5, you may give permission to Assess by filling out the Permission to Participate Form below. If your student is in grade 2, 3, 4, 6, or 7 and has been Referred by someone who is not their Guardian, Guardians may give permission by filling out the Permission to Participate Form below.

Per WAC 392-170-045, Northshore School District has established written procedures for referring students to the Highly Capable Program. Our program permits referrals based on data or evidence from guardians, teachers, other Northshore staff, extended family members, students, and community members. 

For enrolled students, the first step in the eligibility process is to obtain parent/guardian permission prior to administering any tests. Even if the student has been referred to us by a teacher or community member, we want to ensure that parents are aware of any tests that we may need to administer. Without parent permission, we cannot evaluate the student for Highly Capable Program eligibility.

Not sure which form you need? 

If you need assistance choosing the correct form, send an email to hicap@nsd.org. To expedite your request, include the student's Northshore ID number in your email.