Gifted Services

  • Program Overview:

    The Snoqualmie Valley School District is committed to preparing all students to reach their full potential and provides a continuum of Gifted Services to qualifying students in grades K-12.  The Gifted Services Program continues to evolve in response to student needs and district capacity.  Options for service may include: academic grouping in a general education classroom, self-contained classrooms, AP and honors classes, College and Running Start.  The links below provide information about available services at each grade level and qualification for those services.


    Elementary School

    Middle School

    High School


    Program Objective:

    To inspire enthusiasm for learning and provide accelerated curriculum and enhanced instruction to qualifying gifted students in the core content areas of math and language arts.

    Gifted Service Descriptions:


    Clustering - (Grades K through 8)

    The clustering model is offered in different capacities from kindergarten through 8th grade.  This model is used to provide services through differentiated instruction in the general classroom to students who have been identified as potentially gifted or who are gifted in either language arts or math.


    STREAM Program - (Grades 2 through 5)

    The Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math (STREAM) Program is a magnet program offered to students who qualify in both language arts and math.  The STREAM Program follows a dynamic, integrated curriculum that focuses on 21st Century skills and project based learning.  Students are encouraged to explore their talents and think like an entrepreneur.  The framework of this program shall encompass, but is not limited to, the following objectives:

    Expansion of academic attainments and intellectual skills 

    • Stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence and responsibility
    • Development of a positive attitude towards self and others
    • Development of originality and creativity


    Middle School 


    Beginning in middle school, math placement is based on the Math Pathways model which offers multiple options for mathematics success and acceleration.  The Exceptional Pathway is offered to students who qualify as gifted.

    Click here for the SVSD Math Pathways information.

    Language Arts 

    Gifted students are clustered in general education classrooms and offered enrichment, independent projects, curriculum compacting, and/or acceleration.

    High School

    Gifted services are offered through Honors and Advanced Placement courses, College in High School, and Running Start.


    Tests to Determine Eligibility:

    Snoqualmie Valley School District uses one or more of the following tests and tools to determine qualification into any gifted program:


    • Cognitive Abilities Test Screener (CogAT Screener):  A shortened form of the full-length CogAT test with an administration time of about 30 minutes.  It consists of the analogies portion of each battery including: verbal/picture analogies, number analogies, and figure matrices.


    • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT):  Measures general and specific learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school. These include:
      • Verbal - reasoning with words and sentences
      • Quantitative - quantitative concepts and relations
      • Nonverbal - figural concepts expressed in pictures


    • Iowa Assessments:  A standardized test used to measure reading and math achievement.  


    • Other academic testing may be reviewed under specific circumstances in addition to CogAT and ITBS results.  Outside testing is not accepted.


    • Teacher Evaluation may be requested on a case by case basis   


    Testing Process:

    All kindergarten students will be screened during school using the CogAT Screener.  Screening has traditionally taken place within a two-week testing window between January and February.  Your child's exact test day will be determined by their school's schedule.

    Students in 1st through 7th grades who are nominated by a parent/guardian/teacher may take the appropriate test for their grade level (please see links under Program Overview at the top of the page for more information).  Students will be tested during the eligible testing event.  Students who place in the 95th percentile or higher on the CogAT Screener in kindergarten will be automatically nominated for testing in 1st grade. 


    Please click on the link below to get information on the upcoming Gifted Testing event.

    The nomination window for the gifted testing event for the 2021-22 school year is now closed.  

    Gifted Testing for 2021-2022 School Year


    Due to current COVID restrictions, testing dates during the 2020-21 school year are to be determined.

    Students will be tested on the dates referenced on the upcoming 2020-2021 Gifted Testing Schedule. 


    Make-Up/Summer Testing Policy:

    If a student is unable to attend the scheduled gifted testing date due to family hardship or illness, a parent/guardian may request that the student be allowed to participate in summer testing.  Please note that because students may only test once in a 12 month period, participation in summer testing will have a significant impact on the timing of any subsequent testing.  For example, if a student makes-up a test in the summer of 2020, he/she would not be eligible to re-test until open nomination testing during the 2021/2022 school year.  If you need to request a summer make-up test, please contact Nicky Edwards in the Teaching and Learning Department at 425-831-3882.

    Identification and Qualification:


    Qualification for gifted services is determined by entering CogAT and ITBS scores into the Elementary Gifted Testing Qualification Matrix.  Students must score a ten or higher in one domain to qualify for gifted services in that domain.  Elementary students who score a ten in one domain and a nine or higher in the other domain will qualify for the STREAM Program.  Students that qualify for Math or ELA cluster classroom services do not need to re-test to continue services from year to year. 

    Middle School:

    Qualification for gifted services is determined by entering CogAT Verbal and ITBS Reading scores into the Middle School Gifted Testing Qualification Matrix.  Students must score a ten or higher to qualify for gifted services in ELA.


    The Snoqualmie Valley School District, in compliance with WA 392-170-176, has developed an appeal process.  Appeals will be considered based on outlined criteria only.  An appeal of the final placement decision may be filed when based on one of the following criteria:

    1. A condition or circumstance believed to have caused a misinterpretation of the testing results (ex: an incorrect birth date or grade level used in calculating assessment score).
    2. An extraordinary circumstance occurred during the testing period that may negatively affect the validity of the test results (ex. death in the family or extreme physical ailment).
    3. Suspicion of an error in the administration of the assessment.
    4. A misapplication or miscalculation of scores by the multidisciplinary selection committee.

    Appeals submitted for reasons other than above will be denied without further consideration.  Outside assessments will not be considered.  Illness will not be considered a valid reason for appeal.   


    Selection Decision Appeal Form English / Selection Decision Appeal Form Spanish


    Gifted Intervention / Exit:

    If for any reason, a student requires additional support in regard to the appropriateness of gifted placement, the procedures outlined in the following document will be implemented: Gifted Intervention/Exit Procedure Form 

    Gifted Advisory Committee

    Minutes 12/17/18

    Minutes 3/14/19

    Minutes 5/29/19

    Minutes 11/14/19

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q: Can I prepare my child for testing?

    A: In order to get accurate testing results students should not do anything to prepare.

    Q: What if my child is ill on the day of testing?

    A:  If your child is ill on the day of testing, please contact Nicky Edwards in the Teaching and Learning Department at or 425-831-3882.

    Q: What is clustering and why is it a good tool?

    A: Clustering is grouping students of similar intellect into the same classroom.  For example, if a school has four different kindergarten classrooms and six gifted children in kindergarten, all six of these children would be placed in the same classroom.  This allows teachers to meet the needs of gifted children through differentiated and/or extended instruction.

    Q: What does Washington State Law say about gifted programs?

     A: Washington Administrative Code  

    Q: Where does funding for gifted programs come from?

    A: Funding Information

    Q: What is the difference between a high achiever and a gifted learner?

    A: High Achiever vs. Gifted Learner