Highly Capable Learners

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 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.

Students are not formally assessed until the spring of second grade. 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 on the school website. Please email or send the completed form 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.


Dr. Jeff Fankhauser, HCL Director
360.221.6808, ext. 4608

All forms should be mailed to:

South Whidbey High School
Attention: Christine Amundson
5675 Maxwelton Road
Langley, WA 98260

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