Highly Capable Program

Cascade School District is committed to identifying and providing for the unique educational needs of all of our students. At this time, the district is soliciting nominations from parents, school staff, and community members for students that are believed to have a high capacity to learn quickly, deeply, and/or broadly, so that we can better provide an individualized educational service to each of our students.  Students nominated through this process will be considered for enrollment in the district’s highly capable program based upon screening and assessment with the permission of their parent/guardian.

Definition of highly capable students means those students who:  Perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.  Highly Capable Video

Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain.  These students are present within all protected classes according to chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW.  Students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these 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; and
5) Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

(WAC 392-170-035, WAC 392-170-036) 

Nominated students will be tested to receive appropriate services/differentiation within the classroom setting. Assessments will be conducted during the month of May and services will begin the following September. 

In order to be considered for identification for the coming school year, nomination forms should be returned to James Swanson, Highly Capable Director, jswanson@cascadesd.org, 509-548-4042, at Icicle River Middle School, 10195 Titus Rd, Leavenworth by April 10th each year. 

See links below for more information and nomination forms in English and Spanish.  Nomination forms can also be picked up at all school offices.

Cascade School District Highly Capable Policy & Procedure:
Highly Capable Policy 2190
Highly Capable Procedure 2190P
Nomination Form 2190F  - English  -Spanish

For more information, please visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Highly Capable Program