Services & Programs

The Northshore School District Highly Capable Program is founded upon 4 guiding principles:

  • Whole child focus.  Support for academic, creative, and social-emotional development fostering a growth mindset.
  • Not more work, different 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.
  • Equity. Equitable access to Highly Capable services for all students who qualify. 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.

We provide accelerated academic programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. These programs are designed to meet the learning styles and needs of students with exceptional intellectual, academic, and creative abilities.  Download an overview PDF of K-12 program offerings.

Every student in Northshore will have an annual opportunity to participate in the Highly Capable Eligibility process.  Qualifying students will then join a program applicable to their grade level.

Continuum of Services