Q: Is transportation provided and if my child qualified and has a sibling(s), may they attend the same
A: Yes, transportation is provided for all identified students to PACE. Please note actual bus route
information will be communicated with you in late summer. Enrollment to the school and transportation
can be provided for the siblings if there is room available at the school . Please fill out a transfer request
found on the psd401.net website if desired.
Q: Will my child be spending all day with the highly capable class, or will he/she also be part of the grade
level team and general school population?
A: While students will spend their social studies and ELA block classes the highly capable cohort, they will
also have opportunities to mix with the general education population and be part of the school
Q: Does my child need to retest every year to remain in the highly capable program?
A: No, once a student qualifies they do not need to retest every year.
Q: Does the PSD Highly Capable program serve only the academic needs of the child?
A: Our teachers are trained to help meet the needs of the whole child, including social and emotional
needs unique to the highly capable population.
Q: May we choose between Kopachuck and Key Peninsula 6th grade PACE programs for our child?
A: Your assigned school is based on boundary lines. Similarly to our other special service programs, the
PACE program is linked on your feeder school pathways so families do not select the school. If students
elect to attend their neighborhood schools of Harbor Ridge and Goodman Middle School, students are
clustered in 6th grade their ELA and SS classes with teachers who have also had additional training on
highly capable strategies. Starting in 7th grade there is the Advanced ELA pathway option from 7 th – 9 th
grade with a focus on enrichment and rigor for highly capable and high achieving students.
For mathematics at the middle school, the program merges highly capable with high achieving as students
qualify for acceleration using the math placement test given to all students at the end of 5th grade.
Students who complete the accelerated math classes have the opportunity to receive high school credit
(Algebra or Algebra + Geometry) before entering high school.
Q: How much homework should we expect in this class?
A: Students in this class will have a reasonable amount of out-of-school work to do that is comparable to
their grade-level peers. Homework may vary depending on units, project, and teacher preference.
Q: What do I do if we want to have our child enroll in PACE? Do I need to call the school offices?
A: Parents need to fill out the enclosed paperwork indicating their choice for the next school year and
send it back to the ESC. After that, we will make sure your child’s information and placement for the next
school year is communicated to both their neighborhood school and the school that has the PACE class.
If you have additional program questions please contact the Highly Capable Program secretary at email: HighlyCapable@psd401.net and any building level questions (after school care, school programs, etc.) please refer to their websites or contact their offices:
Key Peninsula: (253) 530-4200 and Kopachuck: (253) 530-4100