Highly Capable Program Options

We offer a range of services if your child is identified as highly capable. When we screen your child, we identify your child’s strengths. We will also decide the best placement. In most cases, we can offer challenges for your child at your home school. All our schools have highly capable coordinators who help teachers in general education classrooms.

Talk with your child’s teacher or the highly capable coordinator in your school to find out more. We also welcome you to call our Student Services office at 360-662-1677.

Elementary Students

In a general education classroom, a highly capable coordinator will work with your child’s teacher. They work together on services to challenge your child. Those services may include:

  • Curriculum compacting
  • Special projects
  • Differentiated assignments
  • Cluster grouping
  • Subject acceleration
  • Enrichment clusters

A small number of highly capable students have significantly different learning needs. They may thrive in full-time, self-contained classrooms, see below for details.

Middle and High School Students

Students eligible for Highly Capable services in secondary schools are encouraged to sign up for challenging courses that address their strength area(s). Students receiving highly capable services in secondary math are typically grade-level accelerated one to two grade-levels.  Honors, Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) and AP courses are open to students at the secondary level.

Self-Contained Highly Capable Services

Elementary Venture — Highly Capable Classrooms for grades 2-5

These classrooms offer a rigorous academic curriculum addressing both verbal and quantitative strength areas while meeting the specific affective needs of highly capable students. This program is housed at two locations: Emerald Heights and Cottonwood elementary schools.

Middle School Magnet — Highly Capable Classrooms for grades 6-8

These classrooms offer a rigorous integrated program for language arts, social studies and science within the middle school structure. Students are placed in appropriate math classes.

The Magnet program is housed at two locations: Central Kitsap and Fairview middle schools. 

School-specific Highly Capable Mentors

Elementary Schools

Brownsville Elementary, Donna Stanton, 360-662-8015

Clear Creek Elementary,  Heather Hazen-Gross, 360- 662-8115, and Samantha Graham, 360-662-8100

Cottonwood Elementary, Lisa Knight, 360-662-8315

Cougar Valley Elementary, Penny Timm, 360-662-8415 or Jen Roger, 360-662-8420

Esquire Hills Elementary, Brandi Snow, 360-662-8615

Emerald Heights Elementary, Lori D’Arienzo, 360-662-8515, and Denyse Hemmersbach, 360-662-8526

Green Mountain Elementary, Cyndi Garber, 360-662-8715

Hawk Elementary at Jackson Park, Kim Backlund, 360-662-9015

PineCrest Elementary, Roslyn Woehrman, 360-662-9215

Silverdale Elementary, Rachel Oathout, 360-662-9415

Silver Ridge Elementary, Suzanne Rich, 360-662-9515

Woodlands Elementary, Jeff Sullivan, 360-662-9715

Middle Schools

Central Kitsap Middle School, Angela Capilli, 360-662-2356

Fairview Middle School, Janet Groulick, 360-662-2678

Ridgetop Middle School, Shauna Barnett, 360-662-2954

High and Secondary Schools

Central Kitsap High School, Paul Birkenfeld, 360-662-2509 and Katherine Devnich, 360-662-2548

Klahowya Secondary, Brenda Costello, 360-662-4151

Olympic High School, Cathy Nitchman, 360-662-2827

District Highly Capable Specialist

Janice Jacobson, 360-662-1730

District Highly Capable Secretary

Jodi Finlay, 360-662-1678