Highly Capable Evaluation Schedule

Highly Capable screening and referrals happen throughout the school year, following  the schedule below.

For students new to Tacoma Public Schools, please place a referral. For new students entering in September, screening is offered by appointment during August. Contact the Highly Capable office to schedule an appointment.

Note: Students with no cognitive score on file may be screened outside the normal schedule.

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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 October (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 made within 15 school days of dated non-eligible letter​​Appeals must be made within 30 school days of dated non-eligible letter​​Appeals must be made within 30 school days of dated non-eligible letter
​Appeal decision by district mailed within 30 school days of parent appeal
Appeal decision by district mailed within 30 school days of parent appeal
​​Appeal decision by district mailed within 30 school days of parent appeal


​* Referred students with a congnitive ability score on file will usually not be rescreened. The multidicipliary selection committee (MDSC) must approve any rescreening.