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    Highly Capable Services and Advanced Learning Programs

    Seattle Public Schools offers Highly Capable Services for students who have been evaluated for and designated as Highly Capable. SPS also offers Advanced Learning/Spectrum for students who have been evaluated for and designated as Advanced Learners.

    To learn more about the Advanced Learning Office:

    2018-19 Eligibility Decision Progress

    Decision data as of last posting on 1/16/2018. Eligibility decisions will be posted every Tuesday morning until all decisions are completed. For more information on eligibility decisions, please see Advanced Learning Eligibility Results.

    5,088Referrals Submitted

    5,088Referrals Submitted

    4,150Decisions Made

    4,150Decisions Made

    82% Completed to Date

    82% Completed to Date

    2017 - 2018 Key Dates

    The following are the Key Dates for the 2017 – 2018 Advanced Learning Eligibility Referral and Decision Process for students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

    Student Referral Acceptance Period (for the 2018-19 school year)
    May 15, 2017 – Sept. 22, 2017, Referral Window Closed

    Student Screening & Testing Period
    September 9, 2017 – Dec. 9, 2017 (Last testing date 2017)

    Eligibility Decisions & Parent Notifications
    Dec 5, 2017 – Jan. 25, 2018

    2018-2019 Eligibility Decision Notification Date
    January 31, 2018
    Appeals must be made within 3 weeks of receipt of Eligibility Notification.

    Highly Capable Referral Packet for High School (9th - 12th)
    Now available - Referral Deadline is March 2, 2018

    Early Entrance to Kindergarten Information
    Applications available April 2, 2018

    Referral and Testing Process Changes

    This year we have made some exciting changes to the Advanced Learning Referral and Eligibility Testing Process:

    • The referral window has been expanded from May 15, 2017 – Sept. 22, 2017
    • Parents will be able to schedule their child’s testing appointment online
    • Teachers in the spring were able to recommend students for referral

    Advanced Learning Programs and Services

    Advanced Learners/Spectrum

    • Grades served: 1-8
    • Eligibility testing: Required

    Enhanced, enriched and/or accelerated curriculum in reading or mathematics.

    Flexible grouping opportunities to better serve individual student needs. Students are district identified and are supported in classrooms at the elementary and middle school levels.

    Highly Capable Services

    • Grades served: K-12
    • Eligibility testing: Required
    • Portfolio required for high school students

    Significantly accelerated curriculum in reading, math, science, and social studies based on student need. Students are district-identified as highly capable and are eligible to be served in self-contained programs at the elementary and middle school levels.

    Advanced Learning Program Information for High School Students

    Eighth grade students designated as Highly Capable students who are enrolled in the HCC at Hamilton, Washington, Madison, Robert Eaglestaff or Jane Addams middle schools' are currently automatically assigned to Garfield High School.

    Highly capable eighth grade students enrolled at any school may apply (assignment subject to seat availability) for the Accelerated IB program at Ingraham (IBX).

    Other eighth grade students may test for entry into the Accelerated International Baccalaureate program (IBX) at Ingraham but there is no eighth grade testing for entry into Garfield. Placement in IBX is subject to space availability.

    Advanced Placement Courses

    • Grades served: High school
    • Eligibility testing: Not required

    Rigorous high school curriculum administered by the College Board that can lead to college credit. Classes are available to all interested students.

    Advanced Placement Curriculum Sites

    Offered at all comprehensive high schools except Chief Sealth and Rainier Beach. AP course offerings vary by site. See individual high school course catalogs.

    International Baccalaureate Program

    • Grades served: High school
    • Eligibility testing: Not required

    Rigorous high school curriculum based on an internationally developed and reviewed curricular program that can lead to college credit.

    International Baccalaureate Curriculum Sites

    Offered at Ingraham, Chief Sealth, and Rainier Beach high schools.

    Accelerated International Baccalaureate Program (IBX) at Ingraham

    • Grades served: High school
    • Eligibility testing: Required for eighth graders not already designated as Highly Capable

    An accelerated IB program (which is an option only) that leads to the completion of the IB Diploma in grade 11 allowing seniors to explore their academic interests by participating in internships, college classes, and further electives.

    Accelerated International Baccalaureate Program Curriculum Site

    Offered at Ingraham High School.
    Based on seat availability

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    News & Announcements


    SPS Policy No.2190

    SPS Superintendent Procedure 2190SP

    SPS Superintendent Procedure 3130SP

    WAC Governing Highly Capable

    RCW Governing Highly Capable

    Equity Initiatives

    SPS provides Equal Educational Opportunities and Equal Employment Opportunities

    The district does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.