Highly Capable Referral Process

Step 1: Online Referrals for Highly Capable Testing (SY 2020-2021)
All grades: January - February, 2021

Anyone may refer a student for testing for the highly capable program. Referrals can come from any district staff member, the student themselves, parents / guardians, or community members. Referral forms are completed online by utilizing the following link(s):  Please check back in January


Note: If you do not have online access or experience difficulty in completing the online form, please contact the Student Services office at (360) 879-1800.

Current Highly Capable students need not be referred or tested again.

  • High School Students wishing to enroll in AP or Running Start coursework will need to contact their guidance counselor for scheduling.
Step 2: Teachers Complete Online Renzulli Scales

All elementary teachers and secondary math/and/or ELA teachers will complete the online Renzulli Rating Scales for each of their current year students that have been referred (no matter the source of the referral). Lists of students and direction for accessing the online scales will be delivered to teachers in late February early March.

Step 3: Student CogAT Testing
ALL grades: to be determined

Please note:  Due to the recent school closure announcement, Highly Capable CogAT testing has been postponed until further notice.

Schools will be coordinating the testing of their referred students to occur during the school day. The complete CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) takes approximately 2.5 hours and may be spread out over multiple, short sessions.

Parents/Guardians will receive a specific testing schedule from Student Services prior to the actual days of testing. Parents must give permission to allow testing for highly capable placement. Those parents who referred their own students give permission as part of the online referral. Parent/Guardians of students referred by someone else will receive a permission form from Student Services prior to testing. Students without parent/guardian permission will not be tested.


Step 4: Notification

New Highly Capable students will be contacted in June for placement options.