Services & Programs

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.

We provide accelerated academic programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. These programs are designed to meet the learning styles and needs of students with exceptional intellectual, academic, and creative abilities.  Download an overview PDF of K-12 program offerings.

Every student in Northshore will have an annual opportunity to participate in the Highly Capable Eligibility process.  Qualifying students will then join a program applicable to their grade level.

Elementary Program Options

Overview

Overview

At grades K through 5, all students participate annually in the Highly Capable eligibility process. These are the typical service pathways for our Highly Capable qualified Elementary Students:

  • K-1 Holistic to General Education Services
  • K-1 Holistic to Grades 2-5 In Class Cluster
  • K-1 Holistic to Grades 2-5 Elementary Advanced Placement

At the end of first grade, all students are re-assessed for potential eligibility.  This includes students who have been receiving Holistic Services.  Students who do not qualify during the annual eligibility process will receive general education services. Every student in Northshore will have an annual opportunity to participate in the Highly Capable Eligibility process.  Qualifying students will then join a program applicable to their grade level.

Grades K-1 (Holistic)

Holistic Services (Grades K-1)

Highly Capable services at the K-1 level are provided in the regular classroom at the neighborhood school only. Services are not offered within the Elementary Advanced Placement (EAP) for K-1 students. Classroom teachers meet students’ instructional needs within the content areas being taught – English Language Arts, Math, etc. These services are known as Holistic Highly Capable Services. The cornerstone of Holistic Highly Capable Services is differentiated instruction. 

Students who receive Holistic Services will participate in the eligibility process again at the end of first grade. Based on the results of that testing process:

  • Students who qualify in one area (Reading or Math) will move on to receive In-Class Cluster services at their neighborhood school. 
  • Students who qualify in two areas (Reading and Math) typically move on to receive services at an Elementary Advanced Placement site, which may or may not be the student's neighborhood school.  Families also have the option to enroll in In-Class Cluster services at their neighborhood school.
  • Students who do not qualify in either Reading or Math go on to receive General Education services.

Learn More about Holistic Services

 

Grades 2-5 (In Class)

In-Class Services (Grades 2 - 5)

In grades 2-5, services are provided in the general education classroom at the student's neighborhood school. Classroom teachers meet students’ instructional needs in the classroom based on the student’s skill level and needs within the content areas being taught – English Language Arts, Math, etc. The cornerstone of In-Class Highly Capable Services is differentiated instruction.

  • Clustering identified students in a classroom to provide a peer group
  • Adjusting pacing, reducing review and repetition, curriculum compacting
  • Enhanced/enriched content or curriculum
  • Extending content to include rigorous problems or projects

Students who qualify in Reading have the option of registering for (Advanced Academic Placement) AAP at the Middle School in English Language Arts (ELA) and in Social Studies.  Students who qualify in Math follow their math trajectory and have the option of registering for AAP Science.

Learn more about In-Class Services

Grades 2-5 (EAP)

Elementary Advanced Placement (Grades 2-5)

Elementary Advanced Placement (EAP) provides dually-qualified students in grades 2-5 with advanced-level work in a self-contained program. Students in EAP classrooms come from elementary schools across the district. EAP is located at Bear Creek, Lockwood, Sunrise, and Woodmoor. Placement is dependent on space. Students do not need to live in the attendance area of these schools.

Learn more about EAP

Middle School Program Options

Overview

Overview

At grades 6-8 all students participate annually in the Highly Capable eligibility process. Participation in this process may include administration of a testing instrument or a comprehensive portfolio review.  As students transition to high school, course placement is determined by completion of prerequisites and desired course trajectory.

Students who do not qualify during the annual eligibility process will receive general education services. Every student in Northshore will have an annual opportunity to participate in the Highly Capable Eligibility process.  Qualifying students will then join a program applicable to their grade level.

Advanced Academic Placement

Advanced Academic Placement (Grades 6-8)

Advanced Academic Placement (AAP) is offered at all middle schools for 6th grade students. AAP for 7th and 8th grade students is offered at Canyon Park, Leota, and Northshore. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, AAP will be offered to students in grades 6 and 7 at all middle schools. 

The Advanced Academics Placement provides eligible students an opportunity for advanced level work with students from across the district with like academic ability and interest. Students take AAP classes in English, Social Studies and Science, and follow their math course trajectory. Students register for one semester of Health/Fitness and 1.5 elective courses for a complete academic program. All middle school students will attend their neighborhood school regardless of highly capable qualification.

Learn More About AAP

Challenge Cluster

Challenge Cluster Services (Grades 7-8)

For Highly Capable 7th and 8th grade students at Kenmore, Skyview, and Timbercrest, highly capable services are offered through Challenge classes.  Students with Highly Capable qualifications are clustered (grouped) in Challenge classes.  When the numbers of Highly Capable students in a given subject warrant making an AAP class, the school will do so.  Otherwise, students receive services in groups within Challenge classes.

Services may include:

  • Clustering identified students in a classroom to provide a peer group
  • Adjusting pacing, reducing review and repetition, curriculum compacting
  • Enhanced/enriched content or curriculum
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Extending content to include rigorous problems or projects

Learn more about CHallenge CLUSTer Services

Math Placement

Students entering middle school will participate in the math placement process, which includes an assessment of Algebra readiness for math-qualified Highly Capable Students.  More information on the variety of Math placement options and the Algebra readiness process can be found on the math curriculum page on our website.  Questions regarding math placement or Algebra readiness should be directed to Northshore's Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department.

Read more about Math Placement

High School Program Options

Overview

Overview

High school Highly Capable program services provide our most highly capable students the opportunity to engage in rigorous and challenging curriculum with their academic peers. Counselors work with students to advise them of opportunities for advanced learning, which may include honors programs, accelerated course placement, Advanced Placement classes, College in the High School, and Running Start. Other options, such as Career and Technical Education Programs may be offered at a specific high school. Students interested in these programs should contact their school counseling office for more information.

At grades 9-11, all students participate annually in the Highly Capable eligibility process. Participation in this process is done through a comprehensive portfolio review.  Course placement is determined by completion of prerequisites and desired course trajectory.

Students who do not qualify during the annual eligibility process will receive general education services. Every student in Northshore will have an annual opportunity to participate in the Highly Capable Eligibility process.  Qualifying students will then join a program applicable to their grade level.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB Diploma Program at Inglemoor High School is open to all Northshore School District students as well as all area students who complete the waiver process. The IB Program at Inglemoor provides an opportunity for students to take classes that have all the rigor and expectations found in private school courses while allowing these students to take advantage of the diversity of activities and leadership positions available at a large comprehensive high school.  Students interested in the IB program should consult with their school counselor.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP classes prepare high school students for higher education with college-level curriculum and exams in various subjects. Students may also earn college credits. Consult the course catalog and/or contact your school Counselor for details on AP class offerings.

Running Start

The Running Start program allows 11th and 12th grade students to take courses at community and technical colleges to receive college-level credits.

College in the High School

College in the High School is an opportunity for students to be concurrently enrolled in high school and college, earning high school and college credit in the same course offered on the high school campus. Costs to students vary with each institution.