Highly Capable Program

The referral window for our Highly Capable Program is now closed. The referral process occurs annually. Students must go through the district’s referral assessment process in order to be considered for the Highly Capable program. In an effort to provide equitable access to qualify for Highly Capable identification, Lynden School District screens all second grade students. Referrals for second grade are not necessary.

The Lynden School District has a long history of serving high-performing students using a variety of strategies.  Building on that history we are offering a continuum of K-12 services to students identified through a formal process in accordance with state law.  Once a student is identified as having unique learning needs, our department will match the student to one or more district services which best meet the student’s needs.

Highly Capable Program Contacts are available to answer your questions:

For questions regarding eligibility or the referral/assessment process, please contact Program Coordinator Megan Dickson.

For questions regarding what services each school provides, please contact the following:

Identifying Highly Capable Students:

Highly capable students are 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.

Highly Capable student learner characteristics include, but are not limited to: 

  1. The capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers.
  2. The capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations.
  3. The ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and the capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

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