Wellpinit School District

Empowering Our Students Thru Education

Highly Capable

As part of Wellpinit School District's commitment to student learning, we are offering opportunities enrichment through the K-12 Highly Capable Program.

The Wellpinit School District believes that highly capable students are those 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 students’ general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes K-12.

Highly capable students perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.

Learning characteristics include, but not limited to:
 
1. The capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations.
2. The capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers.
3. A creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts.
4. The ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength.
5. The capacity for intense concentration and focus.

Any teacher, parent/guardian, or community member who has knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student for entry into Wellpinit’s Highly Capable Program. Students may self-refer themselves. If you believe you know of a student who shares these characteristics you may refer them. Referral forms are available on the Wellpinit School District website or district, elementary, middle/high school offices.

Referrals may must be submitted no later than October 13, 2014 in order to be considered for fall assessment.
Student eligibility for the Highly Capable Program is determined through the professional judgment of a multidisciplinary committee through the use of multiple criteria:
1. Academic achievement
2. Teacher and parent recommendations
3. Evidence of highly capable learning characteristics
4. Cognitive test scores

Parental permission will be obtained before conducting any assessments for eligibility. The Highly Capable Committee will review nominations periodically throughout the year and families will be notified by mail of the screening results.

Universal Screening:
In the spring of their second, sixth and ninth grade year, all students in Wellpinit Schools will be given the CogAT aptitude screener. This screener will identify students who should be considered to receive further assessment to see if they qualify for Highly Capable Program services.

Please contact Terry Bartolino for further information. 509-258-4535 (2195)
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