In accordance with state guidelines, students are nominated, assessed, and selected to the Highly Capable Program based on their demonstrated achievement or potential ability in terms of general intellectual ability, academic aptitude, and creative or productive thinking.
The program is based on the following objectives:
Students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:
Students identified as Highly Capable are served at the elementary schools in their general education classroom as part of the “Benchmark and Beyond” program. These services include opportunities for students to participate in differentiated and enhanced instruction by their classroom teacher designed to meet areas of strength. For more information about Benchmark and Beyond at your child’s school, contact your school’s principal.
Students identified during second and third grade assessments, or nominated by teachers or parents and accepted, are offered full-time Highly Capable services through the self-contained Program for Advanced Learners (PAL) at Wide Hollow STEAM Elementary. This program serves 3rd and 4th grade students with teachers who have been trained to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of highly capable students. It includes project-based learning, advanced pacing, and advanced curriculum.
For more information about PAL, contact the Wide Hollow STEAM Elementary principal. For more information, to nominate your student, or to appeal a decision in regard to the Highly Capable Program, please visit our resource library.
Beginning in 5th grade, all students will have options for enrichment and individual choice through electives. Please note that some electives are only offered at certain times of the day, which may conflict with other advanced options.
At grades 9-12, options for services vary depending on the needs and interests of each student and include a wide array of enrichment opportunities and electives. Students may be served through Honors courses, Advanced Placement (AP) options, College in the High School (CHS) offerings, WV Futures Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and/or Running Start. For more information about the advanced options at the secondary level, contact one of the high school counselors.
A student may be exited from the program at the request of a parent or based upon the recommendation of a multidisciplinary team comprised of an administrator, teacher, psychologist, and the student’s parent(s). Efforts will be made to determine why the student no longer appears to be engaged in or need advanced or accelerated instruction. Reevaluation and retesting may be requested, and the decision of the multidisciplinary team is final.
Written parent permission must be obtained prior to placing a student in the highly capable program or beginning highly capable services. This is in addition to the written permission collected in order to test a student for the program.
Once in the program, your child will not need to be referred or retested in order to continue receiving services each year, with the following exceptions:
West Valley School District, in compliance with Washington State rules for Highly Capable Programs (WAC 392-170-076), has an appeals process. If a parent/guardian does not agree with the final eligibility decision and wishes to appeal, they are asked to submit a detailed written explanation regarding why an appeal is being filed. Appeals are reviewed and considered by the district's Multidisciplinary Selection Committee (MSC). The MSC is chaired by the Highly Capable Program Coordinator as a designee of the Superintendent. The MSC's final decision will be sent by mail to the parent/guardian submitting the appeal.
Appeals will only be considered for the following reasons:
Appeal forms are mailed with the notification of score results letter and can also be found in our resource library. The deadline for submission of appeals is ten (10) business days from the date of the notification of score results letter.
For more information about the Highly Capable program, or if you have a transfer student you would like to be considered for the Highly Capable Program, please contact: