Highly Capable Program Participation
Renton School District and Washington State define Highly Capable students as students who “perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.” To take part in Renton’s Highly Capable programs, students must first be referred to participate in the district’s Highly Capable identification process.
Students in K-12 that have been identified as Highly Capable are provided opportunities to: expand their academic and intellectual skills; build intellectual curiosity, independence, and responsibility; develop a positive attitude toward self and others; and encourage their originality and creativity. The opportunities are provided both at their regular attendance area school and in specially designed district programs.
Any community member may refer a child to participate in the identification process. However, the child’s parents or guardians must formally allow their child to participate in the additional testing that is part of the process. If identified, the parents or guardians must also request and select placement into Highly Capable programs.
Printable - Please return to Kohlwes Education Center, Attn: Highly Capable - 300 SW 7th St, Renton, WA 98057; email - HiCapID@rentonschools.us; fax - 425-204-2275
Referral deadline - February 1, 2019 with services to begin in the 19-20 school year should your student qualify.
If your student is new to district (all Kindergarteners and any student that enrolled on or after January 1, 2018 and did not refer last year), if you submit your referral by December 1, 2018 AND attend a testing date no later than January 14, 2019, services will begin February 25, 2019 should your student qualify.
Highly Capable Service Options
Students new to the Renton School District that have been identified as Highly Capable by another school district within the last 12 months may request immediate placement in classes in their attendance area school or in district designed programs.
For Highly Capable students in kindergarten through second grade
Students identified in grades K – 2 are provided opportunities designed to identify and build on students’ specific strengths and to nurture their potential so that their advanced academic ability has the opportunity to develop. Educational opportunities for each identified student will be designed at the student’s home school in a general education classroom in collaboration with staff and families. They may include differentiated curriculum and/or instruction in the homeroom classroom, cluster grouping, and/or accelerated content area instruction for all or part of the day.
For Highly Capable students in third through fifth grade
Students identified in grades 3 – 5 can take advantage of educational opportunities at their attendance area school in a general education classroom. Alternately, parents and guardians may request placement in the Discovery Program, self-contained classrooms for Highly Capable students at one of six school sites (Campbell Hill, Hazelwood*, Honey Dew*, Kennydale, Maplewood Heights*, or Talbot Hill).
*For the 18-19 school year, three of our Discovery schools are grade-level specific: Honey Dew - 3rd grade only; Hazelwood - 4th and 5th grade only; Maplewood Heights - 4th and 5th grade only. Over the next two school years, the 3-5 Discovery program will be phased into Honey Dew and phased out of Hazelwood and Maplewood Heights.
For Highly Capable students in sixth through eighth grade
Students identified in grades 6 – 8 can take advantage of opportunities at their attendance area middle school. Each middle school has course sections designated to support Highly Capable students in language arts and social studies. Students are also placed in math classes based on their prior skill and achievement.
For Highly Capable students in ninth through twelfth grade
Students identified in grades 9 – 12 can take advantage of opportunities at their attendance area high school. Each high school has advanced courses in multiple subject areas at each grade level to allow students to challenge themselves intellectually and prepare for or participate in college-level courses.
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.