April 14, 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
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.
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.
We will be using the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) for 3rd-12th graders on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 9:30 am at SWES. Nominations are due Thursday May 18th, 2017. Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade students will not be formally assessed until spring of their 2nd grade year. Between Kindergarten and fall of their 3rd grade year, student learning needs will be supported individually by teachers in their classrooms.
Please see and complete the eligibility to test form from our website. Please email or send it to Christine Amundson at South Whidbey High School. The testing date is subject to change, and we will notify nominated families of changes in a timely manner. Please review and complete referral forms on this website and return to your child’s classroom teacher.
Please call or email if you have any questions.
HCL Program Director