Highly Capable Program Overview
If your child qualifies for the Sumner School District Highly Capable program in early Spring, services would begin the following school year. Here is what you can expect:
1st & 2nd grade students are served at their home schools. Schools that have 3 or more qualified Highly Capable students at each grade level will serve students using Cluster Groups. In Cluster Groups, 3-8 qualified Highly Capable students are placed together in the same classroom. Schools with fewer than 3 qualified Highly Capable students per grade level will use differentiated instruction presented by the classroom teacher.
3rd-5th grade students are served in a “self-contained” all day program at one of our elementary schools with transportation to and from that school is provided. Students who choose to stay at their home school instead of the self-contained all day program, will be placed in Cluster Groups (see above) or will receive differentiated instruction from their classroom teacher.
6th-8th grade students are served in a “self-contained” all day program at Lakeridge Middle School that includes challenging programs in social studies, language arts, math and science content areas. Students who choose to stay at their home school will be placed in math and language arts classes in Cluster groups of 3-8 Highly Capable students who are grouped together in the same math and language arts classes.
9th & 10th grade students are encouraged to participate in Honors classes that are offered at both of our High Schools.
11th & 12th grade students are encouraged to participate in our Advanced Placement classes at Bonney Lake High School or our International Baccalaureate classes offered at Sumner High School.
2014 Nomination Timeline
Nomination Period: Closed for 2014-15 School Year
The Highly Capable Nomination Period was held during the month of February. Nominations of students in Kindergarten - 11th grade whose educational needs might be best served by the District’s Highly Capable Program for the 2014-15 school year is now closed.
Testing day notification will be sent to nominated students with parent permission.
Nominated Middle & High school students will be tested on the Cognitive Abilities assessment, at Lakeridge Middle School, 5909 Meyers Road East in Bonney Lake. Parents will need to transport their child to and from the test site.
Nominated Elementary school students will be tested on the Cognitive Abilities assessment, at Daffodil Valley Elementary School, 1509 Valley Avenue in Sumner. Parents will need to transport their child to and from the test site.
Test scores are reviewed by the District Selection Committee to determine eligibility. All families and nominating teachers will be provided the outcome regarding student placement.
What identifies a child as Highly Capable?
The identification of students who are among the most highly capable is done by testing their cognitive abilities, academic abilities and academic achievement levels. Two qualifying areas are required for the Highly Capable Program:
1st Qualifying Area
Academic Achievement- Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP), students must achieve in Math OR Reading.
2nd Qualifying Area
Cognitive Abilities Test - measures cognitive ability. Students must achieve a 90% or higher. Elementary School students will take the test on Saturday, March 29. Middle School and High School students will take the test on Saturday, March 15.
Characteristics of Highly Capable Children: “Bright Child vs. Highly Capable Learner”
Observing Highly Capable characteristics is often difficult when dealing with obviously bright children. The below document is helpful in recognizing the subtle differences between the bright child and the highly capable learner.
Characteristics of Highly Capable Children
If you have questions about the program, qualification criteria, or selection process, please contact Tari Littlefield at (253) 891-6035.
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