Chinook Middle School
18650 42nd Avenue South SeaTac, WA 98188

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Chinook Middle School
18650 42nd Avenue South SeaTac, WA 98188

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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 are designed for students who: 1) are academically advanced, and 2) demonstrate high intellectual capability as measured by Highline Public School’s screening criteria.

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 options such as the Challenge Program, Earned Honors or a Highly Capable Learning Plan practice progressively higher-level thinking skills such as synthesis, analysis, creativity, inference, and evaluation utilizing grade level standards and learning materials. Within a given classroom or setting, students may demonstrate a varied level of advancement relative to selected content areas.

The goal of Highline's Highly Capable Program is to provide opportunities for students to achieve a greater depth of knowledge 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.

Middle School Challenge Program

The curriculum for students in the middle school self-contained Highly Capable Program is the same as the rest of the students at their grade level  but the classes are taught with the needs of highly capable students in mind. Students will learn by working alone, in pairs, and in small groups. They will be learning to base their thinking on facts; discussions are often part of classes.

In Middle School, students are assigned highly capable classes for language arts, social studies, and science. Students are assigned to math courses individually.

In Middle School Challenge classes:

  • Teachers organize instruction in their classes to meet these program goals:
  • Classes use curricular standards to create lessons designed to fit the needs of all highly 
  • All students are learning about new concepts and ideas
  • Thinking, creativity, and problem solving are parts of learning
  • All students work with one another
  • There is a focus on the specific needs of highly capable children
  • Instruction in the classes is paced to meet the needs of curious learner 

Earned Honors Program

The Earned Honors Program provides an opportunity for all students to work on tasks designed for students to apply what they have learned to a new situation.

Work will be done as rigorous grade level content taught in their grade level class. 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 noted in report card grade comments when student work demonstrates learning beyond the standards. Students can earn the designation in one or more standards.

Earned Honors is available at Cascade, Chinook, Glacier, Pacific and Sylvester Middle Schools

What you may see in Earned Honors:

  • Teachers will determine how to deliver these services to your student. Examples may include:
    • Rigorous Content  - giving students more rigorous content and more challenging assignments
    • Curriculum Compacting- replacing lesson content that students have mastered
    • Addition of depth and/or complexity - student work that includes more information or problem-solving steps
    • Problem-based learning - students learn about a subject through solving an open ended problem
    • Project-based learning- students work to solve a real world problem or answer a complex question
    • Tiered assignments - tasks that are similar to the whole class with different levels of instruction