Tumwater School District

Continuous Student Learning in a Caring, Engaging Environment

Continuous Student Learning in a Caring, Engaging Environment

Highly Capable Programming Updates



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.


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 have already been identified and selected for this program.  More information can be found below about the "identification and selection" process. 


Elementary Inclusion Model (K-6)


In addition to the self-contained highly capable program at Black Lake Elementary, the school district will also identify and serve students in grades K-6 within their own elementary school classrooms. All six elementary schools will provide an advanced level of English Language Arts (ELA) services to identified students on a daily basis.   The highly capable department is currently identifying students who will be in grades 4-6 for these (ELA) services.  Later in the fall, we will begin to identify primary students who will be in grades K-3.


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 both 7th and 8th grade. 


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 in the 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

Beginning 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.  Once identified, students will receive advanced services in English Language Arts (ELA).
Current 3rd and 6th grade students
This spring, all students in grades three and six were referred by Tumwater School District to participate in the Highly Capable selection process for the district's highly capable program for the 2014-2015 school year. Beginning on March 24th, all students who were currently in grades three and six participated in a universal screening process and if selected, continued through the formal identification process.  Students who were in the third grade have already been selected for either the self-contained program at Black Lake Elementary or Advanced English Language Arts services in their home school.  The 6th graders going into 7th have also been placed in Honors Language Arts as well as placed in an appropriate level of mathematics for next year.

Current 4th, 5th and 7th grade students-
 identification will be completed by July 1, 2014


Earlier this spring parents, teachers and community members had an opportunity to nominate students who were 4th, 5th,and 7th graders in the 2013-14 year. These students were nominated to receive highly capable services for the following (2014-15) school year.  The identification process for these students will be completed by July 1st.

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


Any student who was currently in grades 4, 5 and 7 who was new to Tumwater School District beginning in April 2013 has been referred by the school district this spring to participate in a universal screening process. The purpose for this screening was to ensure that new students have the same access to the selection process as other students. Beginning on March 24th, all students who were in grades 4, 5, and 7 participated in a universal screening process and if selected, continued through the formal identification process later in the year.



Students attending high school (9-12)

The Tumwater school district will work in collaboration with both high schools to identify students who need opportunities in advanced academics during their high school years.  Students who are identified as needing advanced coursework, will be encouraged to enroll in these classes.
Program Contact:  Terri Anderson
Phone: (360)709-7044, Email: terri.anderson@tumwater.k12.wa.us