Highly Capable Program
Tacoma Public Schools works every day to develop the special abilities of each student. Our Highly Capable services are designed to meet the needs of gifted students at all grade levels and are available across the district.
Highly Capable screening and referrals happen throughout the school year, following the schedule below.
|Universal Screening||Winter Referral||Spring Referral|
Screening notification sent to second-grade parents in September
Deadline first school day of January
|Deadline first school day of April|
All second grade students screened in November (make-ups in April)
Screening in February, if needed *
Screening in April, if needed *
|Eligibility for Services Decision Mailed within 60 School days||Eligibility for Services Decision Mailed within 60 School days||Eligibility for Services Decision Mailed within 60 School days|
|Appeals must be submitted within 15 school days of dated non-eligible letter||Appeals must be submitted within 30 school days of dated non-eligible letter||Appeals must be submitted within 30 school days of dated non-eligible letter|
|Appeal decision mailed within 30 school days of receipt of appeal||Appeal decision mailed within 30 school days of receipt of appeal||Appeal decision mailed within 30 school days of receipt of appeal|
Tacoma Public Schools screens all 2nd grade students using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test - NNAT3 Screener. The screening takes place in November with program placement the following school year. If you wish to opt your child out of screening, please complete the electronic Opt-Out Form.
For students entering Tacoma Public Schools in September, screening is offered by appointment during August. Contact the Highly Capable office to schedule an appointment.
For students entering Tacoma Public Schools mid-year, please complete the Online Referral Form and your student will placed on the list for screening.
For students that qualify for Highly Capable services in another district or state, please complete the Online Referral Form and email official identification documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Highly Capable team works with families on a case by case basis to gather information and place transfer students into the appropriate Highly Capable services.
Appeal FormTo appeal the MDSC decision, complete the above form. Appeals are for the eligibility/non-eligibility decision only; not for the specific service model/program that is offered.
Appeals must be submitted within 15 school days of receiving decision file an appeal, fill out the form, print and sign, and submit to Highly Capable with the required supporting documentation.
Students can be referred by their parent/guardian, teachers, community members, or through self-referral. The information from the referral is considered along with a cognitive score and other assessments.
Referred students with a cognitive score on file are not re-screened. The multidisciplinary selection committee (MDSC) must approve any re-screening.
Complete this pdf form to withdraw from Highly Capable services for the current year or permanently.
Learn more about highly capable
- OSPI Highly Capable
- National Association for Gifted Children
- Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted
- Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
- Hoagie's Gifted Education Page
- Center for Talented Youth – John Hopkins University
- Duke University Talent Identification Program
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Davidson Institute for Talent Development
- Odyssey of the Mind
- Whitworth University Center for Gifted Education