Highly Capable

Referrals for Building Kindergarten Highly Capable Programs

Referrals for the Kindergarten Highly Capable Program for the 2017-18 school year are now closed. 

Referrals for 2018-19 Building Highly Capable Programs and Kennewick Opportunities for the Gifted 

Referrals for the Highly Capable Programs for the 2018-19 school year are now closed. 

Students enrolled in programs this year will automatically continue in the Building-Based and KOG programs unless withdrawn or exited.


Challenging and enriching learning experiences through differentiated instruction

Kennewick School District offers opportunities for highly capable students in grades K-12 through a full-time program (KOG) for Grades 3 through 5 or a school-based program for K-12 (HI-CAP). Highly capable students demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade level standards in literacy and/or math, demonstrate exceptional creativity, and possess strong motivation to excel.

Kennewick Opportunities for the Gifted (KOG)
Grades 3 through 5

The KOG program serves students in Grades 3 through 5 and is located at Vista Elementary School. Students currently in Grades 2 through 4 must be referred for the program. To apply, a referral form must be filled out, signed and returned it to the school office by the deadline in January.

Students meeting the screening criteria in both reading and math will be eligible for further cognitive testing for the program in early spring for placement in the program for the following school year. All of these scores will determine the rank order of selection into the KOG program. The KOG program typically serves students in the top 2% of the district academically.

School-Based Highly Capable (HI-CAP) Programs
Grades K through 12

Students currently in kindergarten through Grade 11 may request consideration for the HI-CAP programs offered at their home school for the following year. Students must be referred and have a referral/consent to test form signed and returned to the school office or emailed by the deadline in January. Students meeting the screening criteria in reading and/or math will be eligible for school-based services.

The school-based highly-capable program for K-12 is designed to meet the needs of students who have exceptional ability by offering challenging and enriching learning experiences through differentiated instruction. It is not a full-time gifted program. Challenge comes from an advanced content, interaction with intellectual peers, and projects and activities that create a need for organization and study skills. Teaching strategies include an emphasis on problem-solving, critical thinking skills, creativity skills and the development of research skills.

Students currently in K-5 Highly Capable programs, or 6-11 Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and advanced interest classes do not need to be referred for highly capable placement for the 2017-18 school year.  

Program Contacts

Bev Henderson
Assessment & Staff Development Coordinator
(509) 222-6593
Email