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 nominated 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.

    Highly Capable Referral Forms for Current Renton School District Students

    Highly Capable Referral Forms for New Renton School District Students (including Kindergarten)

    Current Renton Students (English)

    New Renton Students (English)

    Current Renton Students (Spanish)

    New Renton Students (Spanish)

    Current Renton Students (Russian)

    New Renton Students (Russian)

    Current Renton Students (Chinese)

    New Renton Students (Chinese)

    Current Renton Students (Ukrainian)

    New Renton Students (Ukrainian)

    Current Renton Students (Vietnamese)

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Nomination Description

  • 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 five school sites (Campbell Hill, Kennydale, Talbot Hill, Maplewood Heights, and Hazelwood.)

    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.