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Highly Capable Program

Welcome!

Snoqualmie Valley School District remains committed to ensuring the continuation of high-quality services for all students, including our students in need of highly capable services. 

Washington state recently passed new laws governing highly capable services. New legislation will require all districts in Washington to update their language and processes around eligibility to meet these mandates. Our department has always worked closely with OSPI to align its practices to mandates and guidance from the state. Updates will be made to our website as additional guidance is provided by OSPI. 

Program Description


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.

Contact Us

Jennifer Mitchell
Highly Capable Services Coordinator
425-831-4045
mitchellj@svsd410.org

Timeline

What

Who

When

WA Kids Assessment

Kindergarten

September 

CogAT Screener

Grades 1 & 3*

October 

Referral Window Open

Grades 2, 4-7*

Nov. 6 - Jan. 5 

CogAT Math Assessment

Grade 5

February 

Iowa Math Assessment

Grade 5

March 

CogAT Assessment

Qualifying Students

March 

*Referrals for all students in 1st and 3rd grades are no longer be needed as a body of the evidence will be reviewed through our Screener Process. 

Cognitive and academic screeners and assessments will take place annually between September and March for SVSD students. Assessments occur during the school day at your child's assigned school. Private or home school students will follow the same timeline, and assessments will take place at the assigned school or District Office.  

Students who meet the screening criteria will receive communication from the Teaching and Learning Department about next steps in the eligibility process.

Visit  Washington Administrative Code Chapter 392-170 and Revised Code of Washington Chapter 28A.185  for information on Washington state regulations for highly capable services. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Definition 

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.

Audit Update

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