• Highly Capable Program (HiCap)

    Nominations & Testing

    Open Nominations
    Highly Capable (HiCap) Program nominations for the 2022-23 school year for kindergarten through 12th-graders was open between during the month of November and is now closed. Information and links to nominate your child will be posted here and communicated via email and text to families next year during November for the open nomination window for the 2023-24 school year.

    Annual Universal Screening for 1st graders
    Universal Screening with a 20-minute assessment completed within classrooms happens each school year in October

    Highly Capable Program Testing Window
    Testing will be done within school buildings during the school day in the months of December through February by school building; families will receive communication about their child's testing window.

    Determination Meetings and Family Notification of Qualification
    Our team will review data in March and April and communicate qualification to families as soon as possible

    Program Details

    The Lake Stevens School District Strategic Plan states that highly capable students will experience rigorous and challenging content as well as cognitively demanding instruction, along with opportunities for creative and divergent thinking. Our comprehensive program begins at Kindergarten and spans through 12th-grade. Our cadre of highly trained teachers is committed to providing a program that compacts and accelerates the curriculum. They design their lessons to add depth and complexity to the curriculum to keep our highly capable students working on the outer edges of their abilities.

    Program Presentation

    Highly capable students often possess the following learning characteristics:

    1. Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations
    2. Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers
    3. Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts
    4. Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength
    5. Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus

    For additional information or questions, contact us:

    • Sarah Danielson, Director of Student Intervention: 425-335-1589
    • Samantha Sauter, HiCap Program Coordinator: 425-740-4217
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