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.

For information regarding the Highly Capable program, eligibility, placement, and services, please contact the Highly Capable office at 253.571.1120 or hcservices@tacoma.k12.wa.us


Highly Capable Screening 

Current Students

Current students who would like to be screened can submit a referral online for review and/or possible screening.  

Second Grade Students  

All second grade students participate in Highly Capable  screening in February during the school day. More information will be shared with second grade parents/guardians. No appointment is necessary.  To opt your student out of Highly Capable testing, please complete the Exit/Opt-Out Form. 

New Students

For students entering Tacoma Public Schools mid-year, please complete the Online Referral Form and your student will placed on the list for screening.

Transfer​​​ Students

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 hcservices@tacoma.k12.wa.us.

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 a non-eligible decision.

Online Referral Form

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.

Exit/Opt-Out Form

Complete this pdf form to withdraw from Highly Capable services for the current year or permanently.