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 360-662-1678. 

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.

Highly Capable Mentors

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.

Middle School Mentors

High School Mentors

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. Students in the venture program will be placed in the MS magnet program without further testing.

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 each of the CKSD middle school locations: Central Kitsap MS, Fairview MS, Ridgetop MS, and Klahowya Secondary School.


For more information on bus schedules, please the Bus Stops & Times page, which you can find under the Info section of all school websites.

District Contacts

District Highly Capable Specialist

Lara Richardson, K-5 Specialist, 360-662-1729

Erin Johnson, 6-12 Specialist, 360-662-1735

District Highly Capable Secretary

 Sadie Jones, 360-662-1678