Program Service Options

Kindergarten-2nd Grade

Early primary school is an important time for students to develop age-appropriate social skills, learn school behaviors and form strong relationships with their teachers and peers. As such, students who are identified as highly capable in grades K-2 will be provided with a continuum of services at the school in which they are enrolled.

Once a student is identified as highly capable, a placement team will meet to discuss which program options are most appropriate for the student. The placement team must include a parent/guardian, the student's classroom teacher, and the school principal. Counselors, school psychologists, specialist teachers, and district administrators may also be included as part of the placement team. The placement team will make a recommendation for appropriate services to the principal. The principal will make the final placement determination.

Each young learner is unique in his/her strengths, and social and academic needs. Placement teams must choose which social and academic settings are most appropriate on a student by student basis. As determined by the specifically identified strengths of the student, service options on the continuum may include:

  • Placement in the regular classroom with the parent/guardian requesting no services be provided at this time
  • Placement in the regular classroom with special attention to the need for differentiation and extension activities within specific lessons
  • Placement in the regular classroom with special attention to the need for differentiation and extension activities within lessons in one or more subjects
  • Participating in selected lessons with students in another classroom or grade
  • Regularly participating with students in another classroom or grade in one or more subjects within the school

3rd-4th Grade

For students identified as highly capable, a placement team will meet to discuss which program options are most appropriate for each student. The placement team must include a parent/guardian, the student's classroom teacher, and the school principal. Counselors, school psychologists, specialist teachers, and district administrators may also be included as part of the placement team. The placement team will make a recommendation for appropriate services to the principal. The principal will make the final placement determination.

Each learner is unique in his/her strengths, and social and academic needs. Placement teams must choose which social and academic settings are most appropriate on a student by student basis. As determined by the specifically identified strengths of the student, service options on the continuum may include:

  • Placement in the regular classroom with the parent/guardian requesting no services be provided at this time
  • Placement in the regular classroom with special attention to the need for differentiation and extension activities within specific lessons
  • Placement in the regular classroom with special attention to the need for differentiation and extension activities within lessons in one or more subjects
  • Participating in selected lessons with students in another classroom or grade
  • Placement in a Challenge classroom with other highly capable students in third and fourth grades

The Challenge option for third and fourth grade students identified as highly capable is an academic acceleration program housed at Chambers Primary School. Based on the needs of the highly capable group, students may be provided instruction in grade-specific or mixed-grade classes. For example, students may be mixed by grade for one or more subjects depending on the students' needs.

5th-7th Grade

For students identified as highly capable, a placement team will meet to discuss which program options are most appropriate for each student. The placement team must include a parent/guardian, the student's classroom teacher, and the school principal. Counselors, school psychologists, specialist teachers, and district administrators may also be included as part of the placement team. The placement team will make a recommendation for appropriate services to the principal. The principal will make the final placement determination.

Each learner is unique in his/her strengths, and social and academic needs. Placement teams must choose which social and academic settings are most appropriate on a student by student basis. As determined by the specifically identified strengths of the student, service options on the continuum may include:

  • Placement in the regular classroom with the parent/guardian requesting no services be provided at this time
  • Placement in the regular classroom with special attention to the need for differentiation and extension activities within specific lessons
  • Placement in the regular classroom with special attention to the need for differentiation and extension activities within lessons in one or more subjects
  • Participating in one or more enrichment activities or clubs offered after school
  • Placement in a Challenge classroom with other highly capable students for one or more subjects

The Challenge option for fifth through seventh grade students identified as highly capable is an academic acceleration program housed at Narrows View Intermediate. Based on the needs of the highly capable students' within the school, students may be provided accelerated instruction in one or more subjects.

8th-12th Grade

Students at the junior high and high school do not need to be officially selected as highly capable to take advantage of most accelerated learning opportunities. We encourage all students to take advantage of accelerated courses whenever they demonstrate the skills and ability to do so. Between eighth and twelfth grade the opportunities for accelerated courses become more numerous and diverse. It is the district's goal to provide as many opportunities for acceleration as possible for students identified as highly capable. In many cases, students identified as highly capable will be enrolled alongside high performing students who may not be identified as highly capable or who may be from different grades.

At the secondary level, a continuum of accelerated opportunities is provided, but students and parents must make scheduling choices. We anticipate that highly capable students will be successful on an accelerated trajectory in a particular subject or course they choose. We will evaluate each student's performance and placement as they plan their schedule for the next year. If the staff or administration believe a highly capable student would be better served on a different path, counselors or administrators will notify the parents and invite their input. At all times, we will counsel highly capable students to take advantage of accelerated opportunities as they are capable. In some cases, accelerated courses require either an existing skill set or students to have taken a prerequisite class.

As determined by the specifically identified strengths of the student, service options on the continuum may include:

  • Placement in the regular classroom with the parent/guardian requesting no services be provided at this time
  • Placement in one or more honors, Advanced or AP courses including, but not limited to -

8th Grade- Honors English 8, Honors Science 8, Honors US History 8, Geometry

9th Grade- Advanced Art, Honors English 9, Algebra 3/4, a variety of performing arts, Honors Science 9, Honors World Studies

10th Grade-12th Grade- English Honors 10, AP English 11, AP English 12, Advanced Drawing and Painting, Advanced Ceramics, a variety of performing arts, AP Calculus A/B, AP Calculus B/C, AP Statistics, AP Photo, AP Computer Science, Advanced Culinary Arts, AP US History, AP Government and Civics, AP Psychology, Honors Science 10, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, AP Physics

Even with all of these accelerated options, an individual student identified as highly capable may require additional assistance in registering for these or other classes to meet his/her needs. Counselors are prepared to meet with students and/or parents to discuss the individual's unique needs and provide an appropriate placement.