Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, new legislation passed by the Washington Legislature required all school districts to identify their "most highly capable" students and provide a continuum of services to those students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. This statute also includes specific language for districts around identifying their "most highly capable" students. Children who demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade level standards in literacy and/or math, demonstrate exceptional creativity, and possess strong motivation to excel will be considered strong candidates for the Sedro-Woolley School District’s Highly Capable Program.
As a result of this new legislation, the District's Highly Capable Program has been completely redesigned to meet the new State requirements. The Highly Capable Program provides a multi-school educational experience for K-12 students that will meet the needs of students who have exceptional ability by offering challenging and enriching learning experiences through differentiated instruction. The increased enrichment and challenge comes from accelerated learning opportunities, interaction with intellectual peers, and projects and activities that create a need for organization, and study skills. Teaching strategies include an emphasis on problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and learning how to conduct research using the most up-to-date technology.
The Sedro-Woolley School District Highly Capable Program will offer the following learning opportunities starting in the 2016-17 school year:
- Kindergarten will remain in their home schools where they may receive the following services: differentiated and enhanced instruction in their classroom, pull-out single-subject acceleration in a separate classroom, content telescoping, and/or cluster-grouping. Students may also be considered for advancement to a higher grade level (with parental approval) if it is determined that would best serve their needs.
- Grades 1-6 Highly Capable students will be provided instruction in an accelerated and enhanced instructional design using cluster grouping and/or pull-out single-subject classrooms at Central Elementary. Students will be required to enroll as full-time students at Central in order to participate in the Highly Capable Program. Transportation will be provided to the school from each student’s home.
- Grades 7-8 Highly Capable students will be provided learning opportunities using accelerated and enhanced instructional design and advanced math placement or Honors classes at Cascade Middle School. Students will also attend a Highly Capable advisory class with a special instructor.
- Grades 9-12 students will have access to Advanced Placement, Honors, College in the High School classes, College Prep courses and Running Start at Sedro-Woolley High School.
We are confident that the Sedro-Woolley School District Highly Capable Program will provide our highly capable students with a rigorous and stimulating learning environment that will challenge each student to strive for excellence.