Welcome to the new blog for Highly Capable Programs for Deer Park School District!  This is a work in progress, but our goal is to update it frequently so it is your go-to source for all things associated with our program.  This includes access to forms, FAQ, resources for parents/staff/students, calendar and schedules, latest news and more.

Don’t forget to check News and Notes tab for all the latest posts, including our after school enrichment programs:  Math is Cool, Lego Robotics and Science Explorers!


Our mission is to identify and provide, through a variety of instructional strategies, for the unique intellectual, social, and emotional needs of our highly capable students to help ensure their college and career readiness.


  •  Students identified as Highly Capable will receive educational and enrichment opportunities in the classroom designed to meet their advanced learning needs in the content area(s) in which they excel.
  • Students identified as Highly Capable will receive customized instruction and services, and access to extra-curricular opportunities designed to address their unique learning needs.
  • School District staff will continually seek professional development opportunities such as collaboration and sharing best practices, regular in-district learning communities, and targeted training designed to improve their skills for serving highly capable learner.






Highly Capable Newsletter – Winter 2016-Spring 2017

Spring 2017


Who are the Highly Capable?  Under WAC 392-170-035, the state defines highly capable students as “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 within students’ general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes according to chapters  28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW.”

These kids have high abilities that makes them an incredible potential resource for our dynamic and changing world.  They are our brightest point for the future.  However, those same abilities pose challenges that put them at risk for dropping out, acting out, and underachieving.  They

  • Are usually 2-4 years ahead of age-graded curriculum used in classes
  • Rarely find intellectual peers there
  • Spend one-fourth to one-half their time in the traditional classroom waiting for everyone else to catch up
  • Need more service and activities than are ordinarily provided in a traditional school setting

A brief overview of the Highly Capable Program history, district mission and focus, what we’re doing in all five of our district schools, and what we’re looking forward to.  This short PowerPoint was presented by Program Coordinator Kristin Janson at the school board meeting in January 2016.

Board Presentation1 – Jan. 25, 2016


Washington’s Highly Capable Program (HCP) is established in state law (RCW) and administered through program rules (WAC) adopted by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).  The following mandates are set forth in these regulations:

RCW 28A.150.220(3)(g)(3) The instructional program of basic education provided by each school district shall include: (g) Programs for highly capable students under RCW 28A.185.010 through 28A.185.030.

RCW 28A.185.020 The legislature finds that, for highly capable students, access to accelerated learning and enhanced instruction is access to a basic education.

WAC 392-170-012 For highly capable students, access to accelerated learning and enhanced instruction is access to a basic education. School districts may access basic education funds, in addition to highly capable categorical funds, to provide appropriate highly capable student programs.