Highly Capable Program
Objective: To inspire enthusiasm for learning and provide accelerated curriculum and enhanced instruction to qualifying highly capable students.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District Highly Capable Program provides a continuum of services to eligible students in grades K-12. Highly Capable Program Services are different at various grades; the continuum of services is fluid and responsive to student needs as well as district capacity. Options for service may include: accelerated learning opportunities, academic grouping of highly capable students through teacher support, peer interaction, and by fostering a sense of community.
As per Policy 2190 the Snoqualmie Valley School District Highly Capable Program is designed to address the social, intellectual and emotional needs of our highly capable students. The program is currently implemented across all grade levels in an effort to develop each student's unique potential through accelerated learning and enhanced instruction. Students experience a differentiated curriculum which challenges them to think analytically, logically, and creatively as they solve problems, make decisions and explore their own interests.
The framework for such services shall encompass, but not be limited to, the following objectives:
- Expansion of academic attainments and intellectual skills;
- Stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence, and responsibility;
- Development of a positive attitude toward self and others; and
- Development of originality and creativity.
- To prepare students for future contributions to society and to encourage life-long learning.
Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students’ general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes according to chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW.
During the fall of the 2022-23 school year, the Snoqualmie Valley School District engaged in an external review of highly capable services available in the school district for identified students. This review incorporated input from students, families, teachers, and administrators, as well as a review of district data, policies and resources. The presentation summarizes the results of this review, including strengths in highly capable programming and recommendations for continued growth.
Highly Capable Audit Presentation | Rural and Suburban Cluster Grouping | Schoolwide Cluster Grouping
- Can I prepare my child for testing?
- Does everyone who completes and submits a referral get assessed?
- I had my child privately tested. Can I submit these results with the application?
- Where does funding for highly capable programs come from?
- What does Washington State Law say about highly capable programs?
- What if my child is ill on the day of testing?
- What is clustering and why is it a good tool?
- What is the difference between a high achiever and a highly capable learner?
- When do the screeners and assessments for Highly Capable Programs take place?