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.

 

Evaluation Cycle

Highly Capable screening and referrals schedule: 

 

Universal Screening

2nd Grade

Referrals

All Grades

Makeups

All Grades

 
Screening  

 


February


April


April


Deadline for Referrals
 

 

No referral required

 

March 1

 

No referral required


Eligibility Decision Letter Mailed
 


Within 60 school days of the date of screening or referral.

 
Appeals

Must be submitted within 15 school days of receiving non-eligible decision letter. The appeal form is available on the Highly Capable website. https://www.tacomaschools.org/departments/highly-capable-program


Program Placement
 


Placement and/or services to begin September of following school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Universal Screening

Tacoma Public Schools screens all 2nd grade students using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test - NNAT3 Screener. The screening takes place in February with program placement the following school year. If you wish to opt your child out of screening, please complete the electronic Opt-Out Form

New​​​ Students

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.

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.