Identification Process

Highly capable students are learners who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences and environment.

Students who are highly capable have, but are not limited to, these characteristics:

  • Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned and to transfer learning to new situations;
  • Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;
  • Creative ability to make unique connections among ideas and concepts;
  • Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and
  • Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.
To determine whether a student is identified as highly capable in Central Kitsap, a district team reviews portfolios of student data - academic, cognitive, aptitude, and achievement - as well as any anecdotal data from parent and teacher rating scales.  The data compares each student with others of their age, experiences, and environments. 

Based on the data, the team makes recommendations to either identify or not identify students for placement for the following school year.

CKSD Policy 2190 and 2190P