Peninsula School District seeks to optimize learning for each student through rigorous, engaging, and varied opportunities
PSD recognizes that the needs of students identified as Highly Capable are not met through the general K-12 program. Highly Capable students need specific instruction and services to meet their academic, intellectual, and social needs. They thrive in settings that offer accelerated academic achievement, divergent and creative thinking, and varied opportunities to challenge themselves and each other intellectually.
The Highly Capable Program in PSD provides a continuum of services to identified highly capable students to meet their individual and collective needs.
- Identify and promote the growth of highly capable students
- Provide academic acceleration and enrichment to meet the special needs of HC students
- Foster creativity and inquiry in academic and non-academic domains
- Provide guidance and assistance in social and emotional development of HC students
- Adapt the program to address the changing needs of students as they are identified and served.
Highly Capable Program
Kindergarten\Grade 1: Students will be given the CogAT Screener in Kindergarten; the top 10% based on those results and additional measures will qualify for the Growth 1st grade Cluster program in their regularly assigned neighborhood classrooms in 1st grade although full Highly Capable identification for the district does not occur in until midway through 1st grade. In the winter of 1st grade, students will have the opportunity to take the full battery of Highly Capable assessments to qualify for the on-going program.
Grades 2-5: Students testing high in all areas will qualify through the Multi-disciplinary Team process for Peninsula Accelerated Classroom Enrichment (PACE), the self-contained 2/3 and 4/5 classes at Voyager and Minter Creek elementary schools. Transportation is provided.
Students demonstrating Highly Capable aptitudes in one area but not all areas will be served in neighborhood schools in subject specific programs, Accelerated in Math (AIM) or Accelerated in Reading (AIR). These programs consist of clusters of students with teachers who have been involved in Highly Capable training. The instruction varies based on the students’ ability and on the subject matter but the teacher implements strategies and materials for Highly Capable populations when appropriate.
Grades 6-8: Highly Capable students will be able to continue in self-contained LA/SS block class at Kopachuck and Key Peninsula Middle Schools in 6th grade and highly capable students will be clustered in Goodman Middle School and Harbor Ridge Middle School. Students who apply during 6th grade and are selected for the Compacted ELA program will receive a compacted program for ELA in grades 6th-9th. Math placement is based on a placement matrix putting students into a single or double accelerated program in middle school.
Grades 9-12: Students in high school may take advantage of AP, College in the High School, Running Start, and Compacted course options at different grade levels in a variety of subjects at the high school. See high school course catalogs for more information.