Highly Capable Program
The goal of the Highly Capable Program is to provide opportunities for students to achieve a greater depth of knowledge, and in some cases, to accelerate their learning to reach their full potential as scholars.
Program Services for Identified Students
Highly Capable Program Services (also known as HiCap) are designed for students who: 1) are academically advanced, and 2) demonstrate high intellectual capability.
Students receiving highly capable services are often independent learners who thrive on progressively challenging opportunities and utilize advanced problem-solving, in-depth study and presentation of curriculum matched to their demonstrated skills and capabilities.
Students receiving highly capable program services through the Challenge Program or a highly capable learning plan practice progressively higher-level thinking skills such as synthesis, analysis, creativity, inference, and evaluation. Within a given classroom or setting, students may demonstrate a varied level of advancement relative to reading, math and written language.
The goal of Highline's Highly Capable Program is to provide opportunities for students to achieve a greater depth of knowledge, and in some cases, to accelerate their learning, to reach their full potential as scholars. We strive to provide services that meet each student's needs and capabilities and help students cultivate habits of learning that will contribute to student success in school, college, career and life.
The Middle School Program is designed for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students who are academically advanced or demonstrate high intellectual capability. For students in middle school, we offer two Highly Capable program options.
- Challenge Program: Students in grades 6-8 who are identified for highly capable services are invited to the Challenge program. The Middle School Challenge Program offers specialized courses in language arts, science and social studies. Math courses will be decided based on student's individual strengths. This program is currently located at Sylvester and Chinook middle schools.
- Once a student is accepted into the Challenge program, they are assigned to a school based on where they live in Highline. Transportation is provided.
- Earned Honors (6th grade only): Starting with the 2020-2021 school year, Earned Honors will be offered at all 5 comprehensive middle schools for 6th-grade students. Earned honors is an opportunity for all students to work on tasks designed to apply what they have learned to a new situation. Work will be done as an extension to the grade level content taught in their grade-level classes. Earned Honors tasks will be available in conjunction with instruction of the grade-level skills, as determined by set standards in language arts, social studies and science.
- Earned Honors will be offered at a student’s neighborhood middle school.