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Highly Capable Program (HiCap)

The Burlington-Edison Highly Capable Program (HiCap) serves students K-12 who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.
Highly capable students may possess, but are not limited to, the following learning characteristics:
  1. Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;
  2. Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;
  3. Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
  4. Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and
  5. Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.
To be placed in the Highly Capable Program, students are referred, tested, and selected for services based on multiple criteria.

Student Referral

Highly Capable Program Referral

Burlington-Edison School District is accepting referrals of students K-12 who perform or show potential to perform significantly above grade level when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments and would benefit from participation in our Highly Capable Program (HiCap).

Students can be referred by teachers, other staff, parents, students, and members of the community. The referral form is available in our school buildings and online with link below. Once referred, parents will need to complete a permission form to have their student tested for placement in the Highly Capable Program. Referrals are accepted at any time. Testing takes place three times a year – in November, February, and April.

Once testing is completed, a District Multidisciplinary Selection Team composed of teachers, administrators, and a school psychologist will review the criteria and make recommendations for placement. If parents do not agree with the team’s decision, they have a right to initiate the appeal process.

If you have questions regarding HiCap identification, please contact:

Jenn Angelis, Grant Coordinator, 360-757-3311 x1046, jangelis@be.wednet.edu

To print - HiCap Referral Form (English version)

To fill out online - HiCap Referral Form (Google form - English)

La nominación para el Programa Altamente Capaz

El Distrito Escolar de Burlington-Edison actualmente esta en el proceso de identificar a los estudiantes desde kinder hasta 12o año (K-12) que realizan o muestran potencial para estudiar niveles académicos significativamente avanzados en comparación con otros de su edad, experiencias o entornos, y que podrían beneficiarse de nuestro Programa Altamente Capaz (HCP, por las siglas en inglés). No es necesario volver a identificar ni a nominar a los estudiantes que han sido previamente identificados y colocados.

Los nominaciónes pueden venir de los maestros, otros miembros del personal, los padres, los estudiantes y los miembros de la comunidad. El formulario de nominación está disponible en nuestros edificios escolares y en línea en el enlace de abajo. Una vez que el estudiante sea nominado, sus padres deben completar un formulario de autorización para que su hijo realice la prueba de colocación en el Programa Altamente Capaz. Las nominaciones se aceptan en cualquier momento. La prueba tiene lugar tres veces al año - en noviembre, febrero y abril.

Una vez que el estudiante complete la prueba, el Equipo Multidisciplinario del Distrito, formado por maestros, administradores y un psicólogo de la escuela, revisará los criterios de la evaluación y propondrá la recomendación de colocación. Si los padres no están de acuerdo con la decisión del equipo, tendrán derecho a iniciar el proceso de apelación.

Si tiene alguna pregunta respecto a la identificación para el Programa Altamente Capaz (HCP, por las siglas en inglés), póngase en contacto con: Jenn Angelis, Coordinadora de becas. Teléfono: 360-757-3311 x1046; correo electrónico jangelis@be.wednet.edu.

Program Services

B-ESD Highly Capable Program (HiCap) Services

K-12 Continuum of Service Options

Below is a list of the program service options available in the Burlington-Edison School District. We recognize that each student has a unique set of strengths and needs in their identified area of support. HiCap building coordinators, classroom teachers, administrators, and parents will work together to determine service options that are an appropriate fit to meet each student’s needs. Highly capable students usually require faster pacing, greater depth and complexity, plus opportunities to interact with their intellectual peers.



Highly Capable Service Options

K-6

7-8

9-12

Classroom based differentiation service options

Replacement curriculum

x

x

x

Tiered lessons

x

x

x

Flexible Grouping

x

x

x

Curriculum compacting

x

x

x

Independent Projects

x

x

x

Independent Study

x

x

x

Acceleration service options

Advanced Placement Courses (AP)

x

Concurrent/dual enrollment

x

Grade Level Advancement

x

x

x

Credit by Examination

x

x

Honors/Advanced

x

Online Course for Subject Acceleration

x

x

Running Start

x

Subject-based Acceleration

x

x

x

Enrichment opportunities

Afterschool programming

x

x

Specialty Online Course

x

x


Individualized Service Options

Mentorship

x

Tutoring

x

x

x

Internship

x

Social/Emotional Counseling

x

x

x

College and Career Readiness Guidance

x

x


* Glossary of service terms on page 2



Afterschool programming offerings


Twice during the school year we will offer an afterschool course for HiCap students in K-8th grade. The format of these courses will be STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). They are a concept development enrichment opportunity that will be connected to a grade level concept. Each STEAM course will support students in exploring a grade level concept to a deeper level through hands-on activities and interaction with intellectual peers. Research shows that enrichment opportunities are more effective when connected to school curriculum. Courses will be 3-4 days in length and will be open to all HiCap students.


Glossary of service options


Classroom based differentiation service options:

  • Differentiated Instruction: Modifying the learning experience through content, process, product, and/or learning environment based on the individual learner.
  • Replacement curriculum: Supplementing or replacing core with alternate curriculum that better addresses student need for acceleration, depth, and/or complexity.
  • Tiered lessons: Tiered lessons address a particular standard, key concept, and generalization, but allow several pathways for students to arrive at an understanding of these components.
  • Flexible Grouping: Grouping and regrouping students according to specific goals, activities, and individual learner needs within a classroom setting.
  • Curriculum Compacting: Streaming the regular curriculum to “buy time” for enrichment, accelerated content, and independent study. Usually involves pre-assessment or pretest of what the students have already mastered.
  • Independent Projects: Differentiating portions of the learning experience within a specific course to allow for independent work based on individual learner needs
  • Independent Study: Allowing for individual or small groups of students to complete a full course of study with facilitation by the instructor though with generally less direct instruction.

Acceleration service options:

  • Advanced Placement Courses (AP): Provision of course with advanced or accelerated content at the secondary school level, affording student the opportunity to “test out” of or be given credit for completion of college-level course work.
  • Concurrent/dual enrollment: Allowing students to attend classes in more than one building level during the same school year.
  • Grade Level Advancement: Double promoting a student such that he/she bypasses one or more grade levels.
  • Credit by Examination: Provision of testing programs whereby the student, after successful completion of a test, will be offered a specified number of course credits.The College Level Examinations Program (CLEP) is the program widely used at the university level.
  • Honors/Advanced: Courses specially designed to develop proficiency beyond the articulated grade level standards.
  • Online Course for Subject Acceleration: Courses made available to students that have exceeded the progression of learning available in the general school setting, primarily related to mathematics and world language.
  • Running Start: Permitting a student to enter college as a full-time student without completion of a high school diploma.
  • Subject-based Acceleration: Allowing students to move more quickly through the progression of skills and content mastery in one subject where great advancement or proficiency has been observed; other subjects may be at grade level.


Enrichment opportunities:

  • Afterschool programming: course or workshop offered outside the school day for the purpose of extended learning and intellectual peer interaction.
  • Specialty Online Course: Courses made available to students that have demonstrated a high degree of interest and or capacity in a subject not readily available in the general school setting.


Individualized Service Options:

  • Mentorship: A connection with a trusted adult to help a student learn deeper about a subject of interest, share experience in field of study, explore career options, foster intellectual vibrancy, and develop a strong sense of self-awareness.
  • Tutoring: Working with an instructor one-on-one or in small group on specific area of academic skill attainment.
  • Internship: A temporary opportunity to receive on-site experience/training in a field of interest.
  • Social/Emotional Counseling: Support for affective needs of learners that includes social relations, personal adjustment, motivation, emotional expression, values, and moral reasoning.
  • College and Career Readiness Guidance: Development of knowledge and skills necessary to determine and pursue further study or career attainment.

Parent Resources

Resources for Parents of Highly Capable Students

Surveys

From HCP Parent Information Night - Nov 4, 2015:
Handouts:

Websites

Northwest Gifted Child Association

SENG – Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

Davidson Institute

National Association for Gifted Children

Byrdseed: Gifted Education

Books

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults by Susan Daniels

Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers by Judith Wynn Halsted

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by James T Webb

The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids: For Ages 10 and Under by Judy Galbraith, M.A.

The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything by Judy Galbraith M.A.

Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child's Fears by Daniel B. Peters

When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs by Jim Delisle, Ph.D.

Free downloadable PDF:

You Know Your Child is Gifted When… by Judy Galbraith, M.A.

Staff Resources