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Renton School District

Overview of Highly Capable Program

Program Philosophy

The Renton School District believes that students who have been identified as highly-capable should have the opportunity to develop their strengths and talents through a rigorous academic program which enriches and extends the adopted curricula; honors students’ unique gifts, interests, and learning styles; and promotes higher-order, creative, and critical thinking.

Program Goals

  • Provide an opportunity for highly-capable learners to interact with peers of like abilities in order to promote a healthy self-concept relative to their giftedness.
  • Provide an environment which encourages divergent thinking, creative problem-solving, and higher-level thinking.
  • Provide leadership and participatory opportunities which will enhance the community and society.
  • Provide opportunities for self-directed learning.

Our work is influenced by the National Association For Gifted Children’s (NAGC) programming standards. With differentiation as a focus, teachers implement the Washington State English Language Arts and Mathematics Common Core Standards as well as other content area standards.  Teachers also use their knowledge of students and on-going assessments to provide multiple mediums in which students can show their knowledge and skills based on their strengths and areas for growth.

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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.

Highly Capable Contacts

General Inquiries


Jon Stadler
Chief of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

Karen Soine, EdD
Assistant Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment


Jessica Reynolds
Highly Capable Coordinator

Program Services - East Hill Service Area

Candice Anderson
Highly Capable Facilitator


  • Hazelwood
  • Honey Dew
  • Kennydale
  • Maplewood Heights
  • Sierra Heights
  • McKnight
  • Risdon
  • Hazen

Program Services - South and West Hill Service Area

Kelley Lowery
Highly Capable Facilitator


  • Benson Hill
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Campbell Hill
  • Cascade
  • Highlands
  • Lakeridge
  • Renton Park
  • Sartori
  • Talbot Hill
  • Tiffany Park
  • Dimmitt
  • Nelsen
  • Lindbergh
  • Renton HS