Highly Capable Program Overview
The Sumner School District Highly Capable Program provides a continuum of services to eligible students in grades K-12. Highly Capable Program Services are different at various grades as the services offered are responsive to student needs as well as district capacity. Information regarding the continuum of services for each grade level are provided below.
Kindergarten students are served at their home school in their currently assigned Kindergarten classroom. Early Learning research supports the idea that Kindergarten students best opportunities for growth and learning occur when they are placed in typical Kindergarten classrooms with all different types of peers. Kindergarten teachers are responsible for providing enhanced and/or accelerated learning opportunities for their Highly Capable students. These enhanced and/or accelerated learning opportunities can take many different forms, below are a few examples of what this MAY look like; flexible grouping for reading, math and/or integrated projects, opportunities for students to explore their interests through academic choice activities as well as focusing on creative, critical and evaluative thinking. Kindergarten students are nominated in the fall of their Kindergarten year and begin services in the Winter of that same school year.
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 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 an 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.
Highly Capable Program 2016 Timeline
January 6-29: Referral forms available online and at school offices. Parents, community members and teacher/staff members may refer students for Highly Capable Services.
Parent Referral Packet
Padre O Miembro de la Comunidad
Elementary School Teacher Referral Packet
Middle/High School Teacher Referral Packet
January 12: Parent Information Night at Lakeridge Middle School, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
January 29: Deadline to submit referrals to the school
February 1-27: (Kindergarten only) Referred Kindergarten students will begin the first step of the eligibility process by academic testing using the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP). This assessment will be administered by teacher or designated staff team member identified by the building principal. Important note: Teachers may begin MAP testing as soon as the referral packet has been completed by either the teacher or parent and submitted with the signed “Permission Slip to Test”.
For the second step of the eligibility process, the school will administer the Cognitive Abilities assessment. This will be administered at each child’s school by a counselor or designated staff team member. Assessment days and times will be determined within each building.
February 10: (Grades 1 through Grade 11) Referred students will receive a letter with Cognitive Abilities testing information.
February 17-25: (Grades 6 through Grade 11 only) Referred Middle & High School students will take the Cognitive Abilities test at their current school during the school day during this testing window. This assessment will be administered by teacher or designated staff team member identified by the building principal.
February 27: (Grades 1 through Grade 5 only) Students will take the Cognitive Abilities test at Daffodil Valley Elementary School, 1509 Valley Avenue in Sumner. Parents will need to transport their child to and from the test site.
April: (All Students) Test scores from all grades are reviewed by the Multi-disciplinary Selection Committee to determine eligibility. All families and teachers will be provided the outcome regarding student placement
What identifies a child as Highly Capable?
The Sumner School District uses multiple objective criteria to identify students who are among the most highly capable. Two qualifying areas are considered for the Highly Capable Program.
1st Qualifying Area
Academic Achievement- Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP)
2nd Qualifying Area
Aptitude- Cognitive Abilities Test (cogAT)
2015-2016 Highly Capable MAP Target Scores
If you have questions about the program, qualification criteria, or selection process, please contact Tari Littlefield at (253) 891-6035.
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