Non-Enrolled Students

"Non-enrolled students" are students currently receiving academic services at a private school, home school or any other educational placement outside of Northshore School District (NSD).

 

The Highly Capable Eligibility Process for non-enrolled students is a two-step process. Qualification as a result of this process is for services beginning in fall of the 2019-2020 school year.


Step 1: Northshore School District Registration

In order to be considered for Highly Capable Services, families must first enroll their student(s) in their neighborhood school. Registration for enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is tentatively set to open at school sites on March 4, 2019. Please contact your Northshore neighborhood school with questions specific to registration.


Step 2: Highly Capable Portfolio Review Request Form

Upon enrollment, families may submit a portfolio of student achievement to the Highly Capable Program. Admission to the Highly Capable Program may be granted following this comprehensive analysis process. 

A Highly Capable Portfolio Review Request Form will be available the week of March 4, 2019. This form should accompany all portfolio documentation submitted by a family, and will be available on the HiCap website. Incomplete portfolios will not be processed.
 

What to Include in a Portfolio

Kindergarten

No application is necessary. All kindergarten students are automatically evaluated for Highly Capable eligibility. 

Grades 1-3

  • Report card from previous year. 
  • Results of standardized assessments administered by your student’s previous district (STAR, IRR, etc). 
  • Results of previous Highly Capable tests (e.g., NNAT3, CogAT, TTCT, IOWA).

 

What if I don't have the required documentation?

If your child's school does not provide report cards, please submit a letter from their previous school (on the school's letterhead) indicating that the school does not issue report cards.

If your child did not participate in state testing, please submit a letter from their previous school (on the school's letterhead) indicating that your child did not participate in state testing.

If your child did not participate in Highly Capable testing last year, please submit a letter from your prior school’s Highly Capable Program (on the school’s letterhead) indicating that your child did not participate in Highly Capable testing.

Grades 4-12

  • Report card from previous year. 
  • State testing results (e.g. Smarter Balanced). 
  • Results of standardized assessments administered by your student’s previous district (STAR, IRR, etc). 
  • Results of previous Highly Capable tests (e.g., NNAT3, CogAT, TTCT, IOWA). 

 

What if I don't have the required documentation?

If your child's school does not provide report cards, please submit a letter from their previous school (on the school's letterhead) indicating that the school does not issue report cards.

If your child did not participate in state testing, please submit a letter from their previous school (on the school's letterhead) indicating that your child did not participate in state testing.

If your child did not participate in Highly Capable testing last year, please submit a letter from your prior school’s Highly Capable Program (on the school’s letterhead) indicating that your child did not participate in Highly Capable testing.

How will Northshore decide if my student is eligible for Highly Capable Services? 

Beginning in March, A district team convenes monthly to review submitted materials. The team applies Northshore’s eligibility criteria and looks for evidence of high cognitive potential and high academic ability. Students demonstrating unique and advanced learning needs will be offered Highly Capable qualification and services beginning Fall 2019.

The district team will convene the fourth week of each month (March 2019 - June 2019). Communication regarding eligibility status upon review will be sent to the adult who files the portfolio review request approximately five business days following the review.

 

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.

 

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

This depends on grade level. For current Grades 2-12 students, once a student has received a Highly Capable designation in reading and/or math, that designation will follow them throughout their K-12 career. All Northshore students in Grade 1 are re-assessed at the end of first grade. This reassessment may or may not result in continued HiCap qualification.

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. 

 

Why isn’t the HiCap Department administering tests to this group of students?

As part of Northshore’s ongoing commitment to equity in assessment, we want to ensure that all students are held to similar standards for HiCap qualification. For HiCap testing, we administer the NNAT3 and/or IOWA Assessments to enrolled students. As one example, the IOWA Assessment is administered at one grade above the student's current grade level. This gives us an indicator of the student's potential to complete advanced academic work. In order for this interpretation of IOWA scores to be valid, we need to administer all the IOWA tests within a relatively short time frame. If a student takes the IOWA much later than his/her same-grade peers, it will be difficult to make the same conclusions about his results. 

 

My student currently attends a local private school. May I refer them for Highly Capable Program assessment in Northshore School District?

Northshore does not administer assessments to private school students. If your child is enrolled in a private school, you may submit a portfolio application in March.