In accordance with the philosophy to develop the special abilities of each student, the Vashon Island School District shall offer an appropriate instructional services to meet the needs of the most highly capable students of school age within the State funding allocation. The framework for such programs shall encompass, but not be limited to the following objectives:
expansion of academic attainment and intellectual skill;
stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence and responsibility;
acceleration of specific content to meet student learning needs; and
development of a positive attitude toward self and others.
Selection of highly capable students shall not violate federal and state civil rights laws,shall be based on professional judgment as to which students will benefit the most from inclusion in the district's program; and shall be based on a selection system that determines which students are the most highly capable.
Highly capable students are students who generally perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels (top 2%) when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.
Highly capable students generally possess the following characteristics:
Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;
Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;
Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
Ability to learn very quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength.
It is not necessary to nominate kindergarten students--we will administer the screener as part of our school district’s assessment practice. You may choose to opt your child out of the kindergarten screener by completing the "opt out" form.
It is also not necessary to nominate students who were already designated for highly capable services in our school district.
If you have any questions, please contact the highly capable coordinator at your child’s school:
Chautauqua Elementary School: Julie Kangas, Assistant Principal
McMurray Middle School: Greg Allison, Principal
Vashon Island High School,FamilyLink or StudentLink: Danny Rock, Principal
The written appeal request must include reasons for the appeal and any supporting documentation. The appeal request and supporting evidence must be submitted to the Vashon Island School District Teaching and Learning Department within ten school days of receiving the Committee’s decision regarding placement in the Highly Capable Program. The student’s file, assessment data, and additional evidence provided in the request for appeal will be reviewed. A decision will be made by the Highly Capable Program Coordinator within ten school days after receipt of the written request for reconsideration. The parent/legal guardian will be notified of the decision in writing. The decision of the Highly Capable Program Coordinator is final.