Riverside School District Highly Capable Services
8 months ago
Riverside School District is committed to identifying and providing for the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of our highly capable students by providing meaningful and challenging educational experiences and preparing them academically for college and career readiness.
Identified highly capable students will receive accelerated and enhanced learning opportunities to advance academic achievement and growth through a menu of options. Services will be designed to address the unique learning needs of each student and therefore, may vary from one student to the next.
Who is a Highly Capable Student?
Per WAC 392-170-035, highly capable students are defined as 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 the student’s 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.
As outlined in WAC 392-170-036, students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:
Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned and to transfer learning to new situations
Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers
Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts
Ability to learn quickly in their areas of intellectual strength
Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus
According to Washington state law, gifted education is part of basic education. This means that every day in the general education classroom is the most important place for gifted education. Just like all the other students, highly capable children should be appropriately challenged and show growth. The students’ needs will be met with challenging and enriching learning experiences through differentiated instruction in the classroom. Services will be designed to address the unique learning needs of each student and therefore, may vary from one student to the next. Additionally, third through sixth grade students will attend the S.O.A.R. Program (pull-out enrichment classes) weekly.
Annual public notification of parents and students shall be made before any major identification activity in multiple ways including our district website, highly capable website, and school newsletters.
Timeline of Referrals and Testing
September - Full-battery CogAT for new students who have been referred (1st grade and up).
October - Full-battery CogAT for any kindergarten students who have been referred. Gifted Advisory Board meets to look at CogAT scores, referrals, other test scores, etc. to determine which students qualify.
January & February - Referral window open. Annual notifications will go in school newsletters and on school websites.
March - All 2nd graders take the CogAT Screener
April and May - Full-battery CogAT for any 2nd graders who scored 85th percentile or above on the screener and for students K-11 who were referred in January or February, during the referral window.
May - Gifted Advisory Board meets to look at CogAT scores, referrals, other test scores, etc. to determine which students qualify for the following school year.
Out-of-district transfer students that have qualified in that district’s highly capable program are not automatically enrolled. Test scores and placement letters from the other district may be used as long as they meet our placement criteria. Students may need to re-test in Riverside. New students or transfer students need to be processed for identification within three months of enrollment.