We provide a continuum of services for the most highly capable students in grades K-12. Highly capable students are students who perform, or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen with students general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and creative productivities within a specific domain. Students selected for this program typically rank in the top one to five percent of students as measured on standardized assessments. Students who are highly capable may possess but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:


Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;
Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;
Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and
Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus
A multidisciplinary selection committee meets to select the most highly capable students in the district. The district uses multiple objective criteria for the identification of students. We develop a matrix of the multiple objectives for the identification process. During the identification process we do not use student names.

Spring Highly Capable Referral Window will open March 15 - April 2. Screening and other identification of students, including teacher/parent recommendations, will take place at this time. Full assessments will be administered starting April 15. 

Referrals can be made by any adult familiar with the child using the following form: HiCap Referral Form.  
Parents who refer their own child will receive an email letting them know when their child will be tested.

For students who were referred for testing by another adult, parents will receive an email requesting their permission to test their child.

As soon as a testing schedule has been set up, it will be communicated to schools.

Once testing is complete, the Multidisciplinary Committee will meet and make a decision. Parents will receive written notification of their students test scores and the decision of the committee. This will most likely be completed in June.

  • Meet the unique social, emotional and academic needs of the most highly capable students within Anacortes School District.
  • Encourage the development of enriched and extended learning opportunities for qualifying students within Anacortes School District.
Angie Miller, Director of Teaching and Learning, 360-503-1224
Dr. Becky Clifford, Assistant Superintendent, 360-503-1214
OSPI: Highly Capable Program:
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