We offer a highly capable program which provides selected kindergarten through twelfth grade students access to basic education program that accelerates learning and enhances instruction. A highly capable student is one who has been shown to have superior cognitive abilities, specific academic achievement, or exceptional creativity.
    Our program objectives include
    • Expansion of academic attainments and intellectual skills
    • Stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence and responsibility
    • Development of a positive attitude toward self and others; and,
    • Development of originality and creativity.
    Program Overview
    We provide a continuum of services to eligible students.
    At the elementary level, we offer a self-contained program at Michael T. Simmons Elementary for grades 3 - 5 and differentiated enrichment opportunities at all schools.
    Students in our secondary schools (grade 6 - 12) have access to accelerated learning opportunities and honors courses in English or math, as well as Advanced Placement and Running Start.
    Winter Screening
    During the week of January 8, 2018, we will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Screening Test (CogAT) to all second grade students. This 45-minute assessment will take place during the school day. The test consists of problems in the areas of verbal/picture analogies, number analogies, and figure matrices. We will use data from this assessment as one data point in the selection process for program participation beginning in the 2018 - 19 school year. Program services may include the self-contained highly capable program or advanced services in reading at your child’s current school.
    If you do not want your child screened, please notify their teacher in writing. Testing dates by location are shown below:
    • Black Lake Elementary | January 11
    • East Olympia Elementary | January 9
    • Littlerock Elementary | January 10
    • Michael T. Simmons Elementary | January 9
    • Peter G. Schmidt Elementary | January 11
    • Tumwater Hill Elementary | January 10