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Highly Capable


Program Description 

The Hockinson School District Highly Capable program addresses the social, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of gifted students.  It is District-wide and committed to augmenting the development of each student's unique potential through accelerated learning and enhanced instruction.  Students experience a differentiated curriculum which challenges them to think analytically, logically, and creatively as they solve problems, make decisions and explore their own interests.  Classrooms are stimulating environments where expression of ideas is encouraged, positive risk-taking is valued, and collaboration with peers is facilitated.  It is a program in which administrators, teachers, students, and parents share responsibilities for the highly capable child’s education.

The Highly Capable Program is a state grant-funded program that requires the district to meet all guidelines provided in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-170. It supports the district philosophy by recognizing that highly capable students in the Hockinson School District have unique values, needs, and talents.

Highly Capable Student Definition

(WAC 392-170-035) 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 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 according to chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW.