Highly Capable Learners

Welcome to the HCL Program at South Whidbey School District

The program for Highly Capable Learners has been created to enrich the school experience for students identified as exceptional or “gifted” for Kindergarten and beyond. We utilize assessment tools as a screening process to identify students who may be served well in such a program. Students previously identified and invited to be part of the Highly Capable Learners Program need not reapply annually to participate and remain part of the HCL program for the duration of their school career in the South Whidbey School District.

If you are a parent/guardian that would like to nominate your student for HCL assessment, please see the HCL Forms link.  Please review and complete referral forms on this website and return to your child’s classroom teacher.

If you are a teacher that would like to nominate your student for HCL assessment, please see the teacher information located in the school’s office.

Children who qualify in the top 2% are considered Tier 3 and eligible for enrichment programs and activities. If you and your child’s teacher or teachers believe that he or she may be a highly capable student (in the top 2%) you may nominate the student to be assessed. Please have a conversation with your child's teacher about this and request a nomination packet.

Please call or email if you have any questions.

Jeff Fankhauser, Ed.D.

Director of Special Programs & Services

360.221.6808, ext. 4608



All forms should be mailed per the following:

South Whidbey Academy

Attn: Christine Amundson

5675 Maxwelton Road Langley, WA 98260

360.221.6808, ext. 5136



Additional HCL Contacts:

Erin Gutzmer

School Psychologist

360.221.6808, ext. 4630


Sonja Ringsrud

School Psychologist

360.221.6808, ext. 5414



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