Northshore School District Highly Capable Gifted Program
Northshore School District offers a Highly Capable (HiCap) program for children in Kindergarten-12th grade. They have a whole-child focus and believe in different work, not more work, that is based on each child’s unique abilities.
Qualification for the HiCap gifted services is a three-part process. Step one is a referral. All students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 5th grades are automatically screened in the fall. Referrals are needed for students in all other grades, including students who have been identified for gifted services in a single subject, if the parent wishes them to be assessed in the other subject. Students in 8th-11th cannot be referred since they are not assessed for services. Those students can however submit a portfolio review form to be considered for services.
Step two is screening. Northshore uses the NNAT3, WaKids, and SBA (smarter balanced assessments) to determine if a child should be tested for services. Qualifying criteria for testing are:
- Kindergarten – 95th percentile or higher on the NNAT3 and a score of 9 or higher on WaKids
- 1st grade – 85th percentile or higher on the NNAT3 or iReady
- 2nd-3rd grade – 85th percentile or higher on the NNAT3 and/or currently receiving highly capable services for math or reading
- 4th-7th grade – 85th percentile or higher on the NNAT3 or SBA and/or currently receiving highly capable services for math or reading
Step three is testing. Students who meet the screening criteria will take the Iowa Assessments in Math and Reading. Students who score at or above the 95th percentile on their SBA may not need to take the IOWA tests. Students who score at or above the 95th percentile on the IOWA assessments will be offered HiCap services.
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Students in K-1st grade receive HiCap (highly capable) services in their regular classroom. Teachers provide individualized instruction based on each student’s capabilities. This differentiated instruction includes an accelerated pace and enriched content.
HiCap services for students in 2nd-5th grades are available in the regular classroom and a self-contained classroom. Students who qualify for services in only reading or math receive services in their regular classroom. The teacher will provide differentiated instruction for them that includes material presented at an accelerated pace and/or more in-depth content.
Students in 2nd-5th who qualify in both reading and math attend the Elementary Advanced Placement (EAP) classroom full-time. In this classroom, the students work 1 to 2-grade levels above their current one. The pace is faster and the material is presented more in-depth.
HiCap students in 6th-8th grade are encouraged to enroll in Advanced Academic Placement (AAP) courses. Students with HiCap Reading qualification may enroll in AAP ELA and AAP Social Studies. Students with HiCap Math may enroll in AAP Science and the Math courses they have been assigned.
High School students self-select their courses. HiCap students are encouraged to choose advanced courses or participate in the Running Start (community college course) or International Baccalaureate programs.
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