Service Model Options
Grade 1 Highly Capable Learners
Students identified in kindergarten as possibly exhibiting highly capable tendencies may qualify for placement in a cluster classroom for first grade. First grade cluster teachers provide differentiated instruction by modifying the content, depth, or pace of a lesson. For students who screen as part of the first grade cluster group, differentiated instruction is designed to accelerate and enrich academic instruction. Teachers plan and facilitate lessons using grade-level curriculum. Teachers may construct lessons and materials to meet the needs of a diverse learning community, including cluster students.
Grade 2 - 5 Cluster Services
Our Cluster Classroom Program is an inclusive model that provides enrichment opportunities to students in second through fifth grade who have been identified as Highly Capable in either language arts or math. Students who qualify for the Cluster Service Model are served in their respective general education classrooms, at their home school, with their classroom teacher providing enrichment opportunities through differentiation in the core and supplementary curriculums. Once students have demonstrated mastery of grade level standards they are provided enrichment through:
Math: Eureka/EngageNY - Beast Academy
English Language Arts : ReadyGen Extensions, Junior Great Books, Leveled Readers/Novels
STREAM Highly Capable (Grades 2-5)
The Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math (STREAM) Program is offered to second through fifth grade students who qualify for Highly Capable services in both language arts and math.
The STREAM program is a self-contained, magnet program located at Snoqualmie Elementary and is designed to provide our most highly capable students the opportunity to engage in rigorous, challenging, integrated, and enriched curriculum with their academic peers. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who have been identified as having exceptional cognitive and academic ability by accelerating and enriching the district curriculum. The learning pace is faster than in the regular education program; students are expected to perform work that exceeds grade level standards by at least one grade level. In addition to the accelerated district curriculum, the STREAM program emphasizes advanced academic thinking skills and strategies, strong communication and collaboration skills, and an increased awareness of local and global citizenship.
Middle School Highly Capable Services
Students who qualify for the Cluster Service Model in middle school are served at their home school. Students may be offered services including, but not limited to:
Multiple pathways for math, with an informed self-select model which offers options for mathematics acceleration.
Clustered ELA classes which offer enrichment, independent projects, curriculum compacting, and/or acceleration.
Clustered advisory program that provides social/emotional support
Clustered classes when possible in other subject areas
Opportunities for competency-based crediting of high school courses beginning in 8th grade
We continue to provide services to our highly capable students in high school through Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, College in High School, and Running Start.
High school counselors work with students to advise them of opportunities for advanced learning. If you are considering taking AP courses, College in High School, and/or Running Start, the Washington Student Achievement Council has additional information that may be helpful to you:
Additionally, the Snoqualmie Valley School District has an academic acceleration policy that prompts the automatic placement of students in the highest available high school course at each grade level upon successful passage of state assessments and/or qualification for highly capable services. To the greatest degree possible, high school students who qualify for highly capable services are clustered in English Language Arts and Math classes, and have the opportunity to engage in differentiated learning experiences aligned with their needs in those classes. Furthermore, students may pursue competency-based crediting options in each subject area if they wish to demonstrate mastery of a subject, receive credit, and enroll in a higher-level course.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement classes prepare high school students for higher education with college-level curriculum and exams. For more information, visit Mount Si High School’s AP page.
CollegeBoard has online resources for students interested in AP courses:
AP Courses and Exams (Note: MSHS does not offer all of these courses. Talk to your counselor about the AP courses that are available to you.)
College in the High School
College in the High School is an opportunity for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take college-level courses on their high school campus. Please visit MSHS’s College in High School page for more information.
The Running Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in courses at a community college. Courses successfully completed during Running Start may count towards your high school diploma and college credit.
Visit MSHS’s Running Start page to learn more.