Highly Capable Program Identification Process

  • K-1 Program Identification

    Students in grades K-1 are not formally identified for the HiCap program. However, there is a process to find students who demonstrate characteristics of highly capable learners and who show a need for more advanced work. Parents and teachers are invited to refer students for monitoring two times a yearMonitoring involves first identifying students who seem to be working above grade level, referring them, and modifying the curriculum. Knowing which students are monitored gives teachers information and support to provide differentiation from year to year.

    • The first referral window for K-1 students is open from Monday, December 9, 2019, and closes on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Click the link to submit the K-1 Parent Referral Form.
    • The second referral window for K-1 students is open from Monday, March 9, 2020, and closes on Friday, March 20, 2020.

    Once the referral window closes, a selection committee meets to review all the information collected for each referred student. Parents/guardians will receive a letter informing them of their child’s eligibility and placement. They may choose to accept or decline services. Parent/guardian permission is required for services.

    Grade 2 Identification

    Second grade is a unique year in the Highly Capable Program. In January, all second-grade students take a 60-minute screening version of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The purpose of this test is to find students in need of advanced learning services and to begin the formal identification process of any monitored students. Based on the results of the screening test, students are referred by their teachers for the Highly Capable Program program. Parents and guardians may refer students, as well. When the referral window closes, referred second-grade students take the complete CogAT, typically in mid-February. 

    • The second-grade parent referral window is open from Monday, January 13, 2020, and closes on Friday, January 24, 2020. Click the link to submit the Grade 2 Parent Referral Form.

    After testing has been completed, a selection committee meets to make eligibility and placement decisions for the following year. The committee carefully considers each referred student’s assessment portfolio. Parents/guardians will receive a letter informing them of their child’s eligibility and placement. They may choose to accept or decline services. Parent/guardian permission is required for services.

    Grade 3-4 Identification

    Teachers, parents or guardians may complete an online referral for students who clearly demonstrate characteristics of highly capable learners. After the referral window closes and all the forms are processed, referred students will be assigned a testing day to take the complete CogAT during the last week of March.

    • The 3rd-4th-grade parent referral window is open from Tuesday, February 19, 2020, and closes on Friday, February 28, 2020. Click the link to submit the Grades 3-6 Parent Referral Form.

     After testing has been completed, a selection committee meets to make eligibility and placement decisions for the following year. The committee carefully considers each referred student’s assessment portfolio. Parents/guardians will receive a letter informing them of their child’s eligibility and placement. They may choose to accept or decline services. Parent/guardian permission is required for services.