Eighth Grade and Beyond

Submitting a portfolio? Download the form here: Portfolio Review Request Form. (Link opens a PDF.)


The Highly Capable Eligibility Process for students currently enrolled in Grades 8-12 is a portfolio review. The portfolio review request submission window is February 1 – February 28, 2019.  Admission to the Highly Capable Program may be granted following this comprehensive analysis process by the district’s Multidisciplinary Selection Team (MST). Highly Capable qualification status would be applied starting with the 2019-2020 school year. 

At the high school level, there is no unique Highly Capable programming. All students, regardless of HiCap designation, work with their counselor, registrar, and/or administrator to select courses of an advanced trajectory. Courses are self-select, and enrollment is granted when any necessary prerequisites are completed. Often, students follow their already advanced trajectory established from middle school.

Highly Capable Portfolio Review Request Form: A Highly Capable Portfolio Review Request Form will be available on the HiCap website beginning February 1, 2019. The submission deadline is February 28, no later than 4:00pm. This form should accompany all portfolio documentation being submitted by a family. Incomplete portfolios will not be processed. Following the review, communication regarding eligibility status will be emailed the week of March 4, 2019, to the adult who filed the Portfolio Review Request Form.  

 What items should I submit for a portfolio review?

  1. Report card from previous 1-3 years. 
  2. State testing results (e.g., Smarter Balanced). 
  3. Results of standardized assessments given by your child's previous district (STAR, IRR, etc.). 
  4. Results of previous Highly Capable tests (e.g., NNAT3, CogAT, TTCT, IOWA). 

Can I submit the results of private testing? 

No. Northshore School District and the Highly Capable Department will only accept tests that were administered by a public or private school. Tests administered by outside agencies will not be accepted. Parents should not ask teachers for letters of recommendation or other documents.

If a student is offered Highly Capable designation after a portfolio review, do they need to participate in further testing to keep their designation? 

No. For students currently enrolled in Grades 8-12, this designation follows them throughout their remaining K-12 career. All students in HiCap programs are expected to maintain good academic standing in order to remain in the program. The “Exiting the Program” page on Northshore’s Highly Capable website has additional information on how we monitor student progress. 


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