Highly Capable Services

Hello Northshore families,

The Highly Capable Department has engaged in an additional round of analysis, and therefore, additional Highly Capable qualifications.

One pertinent and engaging question in our eligibility and program services work is to dive into data regarding student achievement over time. This analysis becomes more reliable when Northshore maintains thresholds for program entry for the duration of Northshore's Strategic Plan. 

Historically, the IOWA threshold for HiCap eligibility has been the 95th percentile. This year, the threshold was moved to the 98th percentile. Northshore sees value in maintaining the same threshold for the life of the Strategic Plan, through 2022. Therefore, our department will offer Highly Capable services to students scoring in the 95th-99th percentile on the IOWA. 

The Highly Capable Department will contact every family in this scenario. There is no need to send an email inquiring as to your student's qualification status.

Because this work is resulting in new qualifications and student placement into Elementary Advanced Placement (EAP), the EAP feeder pattern information has been temporarily removed from the website. We anticipate EAP feeder pattern information being available the week of June 3rd. For families already made aware of their EAP site, we ask for your patience as modifications to the feeder patterns could be made. 

Thank you for your partnership. 

The Northshore School District Highly Capable Program is founded upon 4 guiding principles:

  • Whole child focus.  Support for academic, creative, and social-emotional development fostering a growth mindset.
  • Not more work, different work.  Developing innovative, creative, and  critical thinkers through access to advanced learning standards with appropriate depth and rigor.  
  • Not a one size fits all.   Highly Capable qualified students have diverse needs and unique challenges, in addition to high cognitive capability and/or academic achievement.  Often this requires the collaboration of teams across programs to meet the needs of individual learners.
  • Equity. Equitable access to HiCap services for all students who qualify. Ability and talent are equally distributed, opportunity is not. All students, regardless of race, income, culture, special needs, or support program, have the potential to qualify for advanced learning services when given equitable opportunity with culturally and linguistically accessible instruments and an unbiased qualification system.
Northshore Middle School students working in class while the teacher walks around to talk to each table.

Highly Capable Services are designed for students identified as advanced learners through cognitive and/or academic performance.

We provide services and offer programs for students whose needs are beyond the scope of the general education classroom. Our services are designed to provide a challenging, integrated, and enriched curriculum.

Students are identified for Highly Capable services in a two step process: universal screening and assessment. Students' scores must meet a threshold in order to qualify for services.

HiCap Team

Director of Intervention Programs
Jen Benson

Instructional Support Specialist
Surya Skjonsby

Instructional Support Specialist
Trish Katz


3330 Monte Villa Parkway
Bothell, WA 98021

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HiCap HiLights

As the Highly Capable Program continues its mission of creating an equitable identification process, we produced an analysis our 2017-18 eligibility process.