Highly Capable

Referrals for the 2017-18 highly capable program are closed. Highly capable referrals are accepted each year from September through the first week of April. Kindergarten referrals are accepted until December 1st. If you would like to pick up a referral form, please contact Marti Hazelwood at the district office.

During the first week of February, all second grade students in the Ellensburg School District will be screened to determine eligibility for further testing and possible placement into the District’s Highly Capable program. Second grade students will be screened using the Cognitive Abilities (CogAT) Screening Form. This Screening Form helps identify academically talented students who will be evaluated further for placement into the Highly Capable Program.

The Highly Capable Program provides learning opportunities for qualifying students in grades K through 12.

Referrals for the district’s elementary Highly Capable programs, Discovery and Challenge, will be accepted through the first week of April. The purpose of the Highly Capable program is to meet the unique needs of students who demonstrate exceptional ability, academic achievement and creativity. If your child shows signs of being intellectually advanced, consider referring him/her for the Discovery/Challenge program. The referral form should be submitted to the district by April 7.*

Referrals will be screened, and permission to test forms, along with the parent and teacher surveys, will be sent out if the student meets the screening criteria. The Cognitive Abilities Test and the ITBS are the assessments used, along with teacher and parent surveys. Remember that no multiple choice test is perfect, and your child may have gifts that are hard to identify on a test! The CogAT is, however, one of the best and most current tests available. Please check the district’s website for additional information about the curriculum, policies, and procedures. (Policies and procedures are 2190 and 2190p, under Learning Programs and Supports.)

If you believe your daughter/son is a candidate for the program, please contact your child’s teacher.

To obtain referral forms, ask the secretary in your building, or phone Marti Hazelwood at Special Services, 925-8117. If you have additional questions, please contact Theresa Anderson (K-2 Discovery) or Marlene Hughes (3-5 Challenge) at Mt. Stuart Elementary.

*All students currently in 2nd grade will be screened for the highly capable program; no referral form is needed. Screening will occur in February.

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