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Highly Capable

Kennewick School District (KSD) is dedicated to ensuring that all students reach their highest potential and are prepared for their future. KSD is committed to providing high quality services for all students, including our students in need of highly capable services. 

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Our Highly Capable programs offer accelerated and enhanced instructional opportunities to students who have been identified as highly capable. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of our highly capable learners by providing services and instruction beyond the scope of the general education classroom. 

A highly capable learner is defined by the state of Washington as a “student who has been assessed to have superior intellectual ability as demonstrated by one or more criteria.” Our Program uses both cognitive and academic performance data to determine a student’s highly capable eligibility. 

We are proud to offer programs and services which are designed to meet the needs of our highly capable learners through: 

  • Enrichment and extension of academic and intellectual skill;
  • Stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence and responsibility; 
  • Acceleration and enrichment of content to meet student learning needs; and 
  • Development of advanced critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills through the lens of local and global citizenship

As you explore our webpage, you will read these terms:

  • Highly Capable Programs (High Cap) - This includes all of the programs and services from grades K-12 including KOG, Young Scholars, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB), Running Start, College in the High School. 

Current Annual Highly Capable Plan

highly capable assessement process timeline

    • Universal Cognitive Screeners for all second graders.
    • KSD Multidisciplinary Team reviews student data and parent referrals for Highly Capable services to be provided at the student's boundary school
    • Families are notified if their student qualifies for services and letters will be mailed from each school.
    • Universal Cognitive Screeners for all fifth graders and any new second, third or fourth graders.
    • KSD Multidisciplinary team reviews student data for placement in Kennewick Opportunities for the Gifted (KOG) for the upcoming school year and notifies parents if their student qualifies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Contacts

Alyssa St. Hilaire
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
(509) 222-6548

Tina Brewer
Director of Professional Development and Assessment
(509) 222-6490

Kathy Kern
K-12 Highly Capable Specialist
(509) 222-5016