• Highly Capable Program

  • Fall Referral Window: Oct 2 - Jan 10

    From October 2 through January 10, 2018, the Yakima School District will be accepting referrals for students in K-12 to be considered for entry into the Highly Capable Program (HCP). Students who demonstrate exceptional ability or creativity, exceed grade level standards in literacy and math (or have the potential to do so if challenged and supported), and possess strong motivation to excel, are strong candidates for HCP.

    The Referral Packet (linked on the forms section of this page) contains all the forms required to refer a student for the K-12 Highly Capable Program. Parents, teachers, staff, students and members of the community may refer a student. Additional information can be found in YSD Operational Procedure 2166 - Highly Capable Program.

    All students in 3rd grade will be screened during the week of November 14-16, 2017. Students who meet the criteria on the Screener will to be assessed the week of January 16-26, 2018 to determine eligibility. Please refer to the Assessment and Notification Schedule for complete details.

    All students who become eligible during this year will begin service in the 2018-2019 school year.

    Completed referrals must be returned to your school or directly to the Ancillary Programs and Services office by January 10, 2018.

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About the Program

  • Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within student's general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain.

    YSD makes a variety of services available to students who participate in the Highly Capable Program (HCP). Services such as: differentiation, flexible grouping, independent study, enrichment, independent projects, supplemental instruction in area of interest, content acceleration, and supplemental materials in the area of interest.

    Referrals for student selection into the program can be made by school staff, parents, students, and members of the community. Please review the information provided under the Program Forms section of this page if you would like to refer a child to the program.

Characteristics of Highly Capable Students

  • Keep in mind, not all students will demonstrate every characteristic.*

    Learning Characteristics

    • Has quick recall and mastery of information.
    • Uses advanced vocabulary for age and grade.
    • Demonstrates the ability to think critically (to make generalizations, to analyze information, to identity similarities/differences).
    • Has rapid insight into cause-effect relationships; tries to discover the how and why of things.
    • Reads a great deal, usually preferring adult level books; does not avoid difficult materials; may show a preference for biography, autobiography, encyclopedias, and atlases.
    • Can support beliefs with data.
    • Strives toward high quality in written and oral work.

    Motivational Characteristics

    • Becomes absorbed and truly involved in certain topics or problems; is persistent in seeking task completion. It is sometimes difficult to get student to move on to another topic.
    • Is easily bored with routine tasks.
    • Prefers to work independently; requires little direction from teachers.
    • Likes to organize and bring structure to things, people, and situations. 

    Creativity Characteristics

    • Displays a great deal of curiosity about many things; is constantly asking questions about anything and everything.
    • Generates a large number of ideas or solutions to problems and questions; often offers unusual, “way out,” unique, or clever responses.
    • Is a high risk taker; is adventurous and speculative.
    • Displays a good deal of intellectual playfulness; fantasizes; imagines (“I wonder what would happen if…….”); is concerned with adapting, improving and modifying institutions, objects and systems.
    • Nonconforming; does not fear being different.

    * Adapted from the Parent Inventory for Finding Potential by Karen Rogers 2000.

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