Highly Capable Nomination and Identification Timeline
Overview of Identification and Program Entry
Referral forms are accepted from September 1 until March 1. Student data are reviewed upon receipt of the referral. Parents/guardians will be informed if their child was referred and then requested to provide permission if additional testing is needed. The identification committee meets in January to review referrals for students new to Renton (including Kindergarten) and in April for returning Renton students. Parents are sent letters 2 – 3 weeks after the committee has all of the information needed to make a decision. There can be a long period of time between the date the referral form is received and the date when the committee has enough information to make a decision, depending on when a student’s testing is completed.
The committee’s letter will include the decision and the individual student’s test results. Parents/guardians will also be provided information about the appeals process or how to request participation in specially designed programs as applicable. Parents must request participation in the specially designed programs in order to participate. Enrollment in the programs normally begins in September of the following school year, except for grade K students and students new to the Renton School District who can participate in the Highly Capable programs in February of the same school year if their referral form is received prior to December 1.
Students new to the Renton School District that have been identified as Highly Capable and received Highly Capable services by another school district in the prior school year may request immediate placement in classes in their attendance area school or in district designed programs. They do not need to complete the referral and identification steps.
The Renton School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.