Highly Capable

Arlington Public Schools is now accepting Highly Capable Program referrals for students in kindergarten, first grade and second grade. Referrals will be accepted through Nov. 13 and evaluated for possible program participation for the 2020-21 school year.

Referrals for students in kindergarten through 11th grade will be accepted from March 1-30, 2021 and will be evaluated for possible program participation for the 2021-22 school year.

Students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, the following learning characteristics:

• Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;
• Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;
• Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
• Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and
• Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

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 in the Highly Capable Program ("HCP") is:

  1. (A)  A parent/guardian wishing to nominate a student for the screening process must submit a completed HCP Referral Form to the HCP coordinator; or (B) A teacher wishing to nominate a student for the screening process must submit a completed HCP Referral Form and HCP Screening Tool form to the HCP coordinator.

  2. A multi-disciplinary team  meeting is scheduled to review the referral and screening tool to determine eligibility for HCP testing.

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

  4. Individual assessment of student takes place.

  5. A multi-disciplinary team meeting is scheduled to discuss results and determine eligibility for placement in the HCP.

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

  7. A HCP Student Learning Plan ("SLP") is written for eligible students.

Testing window and eligibility determination: Teachers and parents/guardians may submit a referral form from early September to mid-November for K-2 students.  K-12 students may be referred from March 1-March 30 each year for HCP consideration.

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

Referral Form


Dave McKellar
Director of Special Education
dmckellar@asd.wednet.edu
360.618.6209

Verlaine Meyers
Highly Capable Program Coordinator
vmeyers@asd.wednet.edu
360.618.6287

Heather Brown
Administrative Assistant for Teaching & Learning
hbrown@asd.wednet.edu
360.618.6291