Highly Capable

Welcome to the University Place School District Highly Capable Programs page

*Our Referral Window is currently closed, will reopen March 2021*

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*Updates will be made throughout the year.

2020.2021 UPSD Highly Capable Process & Program Overview Packet

The University Place School District provides a continuum of services for students identified as the most highly capable. In accordance with Washington State Law, these are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.  Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivity within a specific domain. 

Students who are highly capable  may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:

(1) Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;

(2) Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;

(3) Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;

(4) Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and

(5) Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

New state laws and our Board of Directors commitment to ensuring high quality services for all students have prompted changes to the UPSD Highly Capable Program. These shifts further support our commitment to inclusive and equitable practices in all Kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. Beginning in 2013-2014, the changes created included:

  • K-4 services at all primary schools
  • Expanded 3rd-7th grade program options
  • Enhanced program services at the junior and senior high school

Program Review: The UPSD Highly Capable Program plan and description is submitted annually to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Additionally, a program evaluation committee reviews this plan and program annually to make recommendations for modifications in the program services and/or qualification process. The UPSD Board of Directors approves this plan and any substantial modifications annually.

For more information, please contact Juanita Stone at jstone@upsd83.org.

UPSD Non Discrimination Statement

The University Place School District complies with all federal and state laws, rules, and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including language), sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in student education programs, co-curricular activities, and employment practices.  The district is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer encouraging application of qualified minorities, women, and disabled persons for employment and other opportunities.  University Place School District is committed to providing access to all District programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For elevator access at school sites, contact the principal’s office.  The University Place School District is a drug-free/smoke-free work place and educational setting.  Direct inquiries regarding compliance, grievance, or appeal procedures, or concerns involving students, should be made to the District Affirmative Action Officer/Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator/ Title IX Officer/HIB Compliance Officer/Gender-Inclusive Schools Coordinator, Executive Director of Secondary Education, Lainey Mathews, lmathews@upsd83.org; or Section 504/FAPE/ADA concerns should be made to Executive Director of Special Services, Kelly McClure, kmcclure@upsd83.org. Both can be contacted at (253) 566-5600, 3717 Grandview Drive West, University Place, WA 98466.