Highly Capable Program
San Juan Island School District Highly Capable ProgramThe San Juan Island School District’s Highly Capable Program is a full inclusion model at the K-8 level.This means students are served in their regular classrooms. For each identified student, a student learning plan (SLP) is developed at the beginning of each school year and is revisited during each conference. The purpose of the SLP is to ensure identified students receive the services necessary to facilitate academic growth. At the high school level, students are served through a variety of advanced course offerings.
Referral of Students for the Highly Capable ProgramTeachers, students, parents, community members, and students can refer students for the highly capable program. To refer students, please contact the child’s school. Those interested in referring a student for the highly capable program will complete the referral form, and the student will be assessed during the next identification activity. Identification activities take place each year in the fall (September/October) and the spring (May/June). The identification process uses a multiple measures approach to help teachers, principals, and parents make appropriate decisions about the learning needs of highly capable learners.
Definition of Highly CapableThe State of Washington defines highly capable children as students who exhibit a high capability in intellectual and/or creative areas, possess an unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields, thereby requiring services beyond the basic programs provided in school.
Identification ProcessThe identification process uses a multiple measures approach to help teachers, principals and parents make appropriate decisions about the learning needs of highly capable learners. Students can be referred by parents, teachers, counselors, students, and administrators, and community members. The Cognitive Abilities Test (COGAT) is administered to all students referred for highly capable testing.This is not an IQ test, but it does show ability in advanced thinking and problem solving. Scores from the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) and other district assessments are also part of the process.
Common Highly Capable Indicators
- Remembers answers
- Poses unforeseen questions
- Is Interested
- Is Curious
- Answers questions in detail
- Ponders multiple perspectives
- Needs 6-8 repetitions to master new learning
- Needs 1-3 repetitions for mastery
- Is accurate and complete
- Is original and always developing
- Absorbs Information
- Manipulates Information
- Is pleased with own learning
- Is self-critical
- Gets A's
- May not be motivated by grades
- Is able
- Is intellectual
- Learns with ease
- Already knows
For a referral form, click here (English) or click here (Spanish).