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Riverside School District Highly Capable Services


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.


Program Goals

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 Notification

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.


New/Transfer Students 

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.

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Riverside School District



(509) 464-8206
The Riverside School District No. 416 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. District programs will be free from sexual harassment. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Sammy Jo Griggs, Director of Special Programs, (509) 464-8204, Section 504/ADA Coordinators: Caroline Raymond, (509)-464-8366 (P-5th) & Beth Heglin (509)-464-8526 (6th-12th & ISP) at 34515 N. Newport Hwy., Chattaroy, WA 99003. PER RCW 9.41.270 RIVERSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS A "GUN-FREE ZONE."
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