• There is a range of opportunities for students to be identified for services in our highly capable program.
    Any K-12 students can be nominated for consideration for services. A student can be nominated by anyone who believes that he or she would benefit from the highly capable program, including parents, teachers, community members, or students themselves. 
    There is an open nomination window each fall, beginning mid-October. Students who are nominated may be invited for further testing during the winter identification process.
    We do not accept student nominations outside of this window.
    District Identification Process
    Each winter, we screen all second-grade students using the CogAT. This assessment measures specific reasoning skills and provides information about a student's cognitive development, ability to learn new tasks, and problem-solving capabilities. It is not the same as an achievement test, such as Smarter Balanced or a district benchmark. Due to budget considerations, we receive no individual score reports and do not provide results to families from this screening process.
    Students who score in the top 10% are invited to participate in the full CogAT battery. Then, a group of district staff reviews these scores, along with achievement, attendance, discipline history, or other indicators to make decisions about placement for the following year. Families will be notified about eligibility for services in March. Services may include the self-contained program or differentiated instruction in the student's home school. An individual score report will be provided to the families of all students who participate in the full round of testing.
    Due to our district timelines for placing students, we do not test students at any other time. We also do not offer retests for students during this time period.
    Students who are or will be in grades 6 - 12 are identified using the full CogAT battery, district benchmark or state assessment scores, samples of current work, or teacher ratings and recommendations. There is no self-contained program or specific classroom differentiation for these grade levels. Instead, students may be offered accelerated placement in mathematics or access to electives which fit their interests. Our middle schools do their best to cluster highly capable students throughout their day.
    Parents/legal guardians have the right to appeal the decision of the committee about placement. Individuals appealing the selection committee’s decision must submit a letter requesting a review of selection/placement. The written request must include reasons for the appeal and, to support reconsideration, provide additional evidence of significantly advanced cognitive or academic levels and/or outstanding intellectual, academic, or creative abilities. The appeal request and supporting evidence must be submitted to Student Learning within 15 days of the committee's decision.
    The committee will review the student's information and additional evidence submitted. A decision will be made within 35 days after receipt of the written request for reconsideration. The parent/legal guardian will be notified of the decision in writing. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.