Highly Capable Program
Highly capable students 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 student's general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain.
YSD makes a variety of services available to students who participate in the Highly Capable Program (HCP). Services such as: differentiation, flexible grouping, independent study, enrichment, independent projects, supplemental instruction in area of interest, content acceleration, and supplemental materials in the area of interest.
Referrals for student selection into the program can be made by school staff, parents, students, and members of the community. Please review the information provided under the Program Forms section of this page if you would like to refer a child to the program.
Characteristics of Highly Capable Students
Not all highly capable students will demonstrate every characteristic.*
- Has quick recall and mastery of information.
- Uses advanced vocabulary for age and grade.
- Demonstrates the ability to think critically (to make generalizations, to analyze information, to identify similarities/differences).
- Has rapid insight into cause-effect relationships; tries to discover the how and why of things.
- Reads a great deal, usually preferring adult-level books; does not avoid difficult materials; may show a preference for biography, autobiography, encyclopedias, and atlases.
- Can support beliefs with data.
- Strives toward high quality in written and oral work.
- Becomes absorbed and truly involved in certain topics or problems; is persistent in seeking task completion. It is sometimes difficult to get student to move on to another topic.
- Is easily bored with routine tasks.
- Prefers to work independently; requires little direction from teachers.
- Likes to organize and bring structure to things, people, and situations.
- Displays a great deal of curiosity about many things; is constantly asking questions about anything and everything.
- Generates a large number of ideas or solutions to problems and questions; often offers unusual, “way out,” unique, or clever responses.
- Is a high risk taker; is adventurous and speculative.
- Displays a good deal of intellectual playfulness; fantasizes; imagines (“I wonder what would happen if…….”); is concerned with adapting, improving, and modifying institutions, objects and systems.
- Nonconforming; does not fear being different.
* Adapted from the Parent Inventory for Finding Potential by Karen Rogers 2000.
The Washington State codes govern and authorize highly capable programs.