Tumwater School District

Highly Capable Programming Updates

2014-2015

 

With recent changes in Washington State law, all school districts are now required to provide highly capable services to K-12 students who have been identified as needing “enhanced and accelerated learning opportunities”. Districts are allowed to decide on the model and the content areas for provide services.  Tumwater has a plan to expand the highly capable services to include students in grades K-12, and this will begin in the fall of 2014.
 

* NOTE: If your student is currently receiving Highly Capable services, you do not need to fill out a nomination form. Your student will continue receiving services

 


PROGRAM SERVICES

Black Lake Elementary Self-Contained Model (4-6)

 

Students in grades 4-6 will continue to be served at Black Lake Elementary in their self-contained classrooms. Students entering into fourth grade next fall will need to be identified and selected this spring.  More information below will describe the identification and selection process.

 

 

Elementary Inclusion Model (K-6)

 

Part of the expansion will be to identify and serve K-6 students within their own elementary school classrooms. All six elementary schools will provide an appropriate level of services to identified students on a daily basis. The services will occur in a minimum of one academic area.  More information about services for K-6 will be available in September of 2014.

 

 

Middle School Model (7-8)

 

Students who have been selected to receive highly capable services in their middle school will enroll in Honors Language Arts and/or math at their appropriate level.  Each middle school will offer two sections of Honors Language Arts at each grade level, as well as advanced math courses.  The identification and selection process for middle school will also begin on March 12, as the nomination window opens up.

 

 

High School (9-12)

 

At the high school level, students will have the option of enrolling in Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and Running Start, as well as a new offering called: College in the Classroom.  This course will provide high school students with the opportunities to take courses high school classroom and receive college credit from an accredited university.  More information about specific advanced academics options will be available at each high school.

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS for Highly Capable Services

 

Current Kindergarten – 2nd grade students

 

In the fall of 2014 Tumwater School District, will begin the identification process for students entering into grades K-3.  Once identified, students will receive Highly Capable services within their own elementary school.  The school district will nominate all students in K-3 to participate in the screening process. Unless parents choose to "opt out" of the identification process, all students in grades K-3 will participate in a universal screening process and if selected, they will proceed into the formal identification process.  This district-wide nomination is to ensure that all students K-3 will have an equitable access into the selection process.  More information about K-3 identification and services will be available in September 2014.

 

Current 3rd and 6th grade students

 

This spring, students in grades 3 and 6 will be nominated by Tumwater School District to participate in the Highly Capable Program for the 2014-2015 school year.  Beginning on March 24th, all students who are currently in grades (3 and 6) will participate in a universal screening process and if selected, continue through the formal identification process

 

Current 4th, 5th and 7th grade students

 

Students who are in 4th, 5th, and 7th grade may be nominated during the nomination window (March 12- April 4).  Any parent, teacher, community member or student may nominate a student for Highly Capable programming.  The school district may also nominate a student.  In order to nominate a student, a nomination form must be completed during the nomination window (March 12- April 4) and returned to your school counselor by April 4The form may also be mailed or dropped off at the Tumwater School District, Student Learning office located at: 621 Linwood Avenue SW Tumwater, WA 98512.  The nomination form may be picked up from your school, the district office or downloaded here.

 

*New students to Tumwater School District (grades 4, 5, 7)

 

Please note: Any student who is currently in grades 4, 5 and 7 who was new to Tumwater School District beginning in April 2013 will be nominated by the school district this spring.  The purpose for district nomination is to ensure that these students have the same access to the selection process as other students.  Beginning on March 24th, all students who are currently in grades 4, 5, and 7 will participate in a universal screening process and if selected, continue through the formal identification process later this spring.

 

 

Current 8th-11th grade students

The school district will work in collaboration with both high schools to identify students for advanced academic options.  Students who are currently in 8th-11th grade may be nominated during the nomination window (March 12- April 4).  Any parent, teacher,community member or student may nominate a student for Highly Capable programming.  The school district may also nominate a student.  In order to nominate a student, a nomination form must be completed during the following window (March 12- April 4) and returned to your school counselor by April 4.  The form may also be mailed or dropped off at the Tumwater School District Student Learning office located at: 621 Linwood Avenue SW Tumwater, WA 98512.  The nomination form may be picked up from your school, the district office or downloaded here.
 
 
Program Contact:  Terri Anderson
Phone: (360)709-7030, Email: terri.anderson@tumwater.k12.wa.us