Highly Capable

Arlington Public Schools is now accepting Highly Capable Program referrals for students in kindergarten, first grade or second grade. Referrals will be accepted through Nov. 15, 2019 and evaluated for possible program participation for the 2019-20 school year.

Referrals for students in kindergarten through eleventh grade will be accepted from March 1-30, 2020 and will be evaluated for possible program participation for the 2020-21 school year.

Referral forms may be found here. For assistance, please contact Terri Bookey, Director of Early Learning and Categorical Programs at 360-618-6210.

Highly Capable Program Notice- Spanish
Highly Capable Program Notice- Russian

Policy- Highly Capable Programs
Procedure- Highly Capable Programs

Referral Form

In accordance with the philosophy to develop the special abilities of each student, the District shall offer appropriate instructional programs to meet the needs of highly capable students of school age.  The superintendent shall establish procedures consistent with State guidelines for nominating, assessing and selecting children of demonstrated achievement or potential ability in terms of general intellectual ability, academic aptitude and creative or productive thinking.

The assessment process for including a student into the Highly Capable program is:

  1. A teacher or parent/guardian wishing to nominate a student for the screening process must submit a completed Nomination Form to the Gifted Specialist or building principal.

  2. A Permission to Assess letter is sent home with the student, signed by parent/guardian, and returned to Gifted Specialist before testing can occur.

  3. Individual assessment of student takes place.

  4. A multi-disciplinary team meeting is scheduled to discuss results and determine eligibility.

  5. Parent notification of eligibility mailed home following multi-disciplinary team decision.

  6. A highly capable program plan is written for eligible students with their parent.

Testing window and eligibility determination: Teachers and parents/guardians may submit a referral form at any time during the school year. Parent/guardian permission is required prior to testing. The multi-disciplinary team will convene after the assessment has been completed to determine program eligibility and parents are notified in writing using the Assessment Results letter.

Terri Bookey
Director of Early Childhood Education and Categorical Programs

Heather Brown
Administrative Assistant for Teaching & Learning