Highly Capable

What is a highly capable student? Our program defines these students as 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.

We offer highly capable services for students who demonstrate both aptitude and achievement in verbal and/or quantitative skill areas. There is a process to identify and retain students who will benefit the most from CKSD highly capable services.

If you think this program might be right for your child, please talk with your child's teacher. 

Learning Options

Our services range from full-time academic environments to services within general education classrooms. Coordinators at each school help teachers challenge highly capable students. They may offer higher-level learning materials, assignment options and/or special projects. We also offer self-contained classrooms for grades two through five and a magnet program for middle school students. We offer challenging courses in middle and high school.

Learn more about program options at Central Kitsap schools.

2021-22 Referral Process

Central Kitsap School District is now accepting referrals for the Highly Capable Program for student in grades 2 to 11 from November 22 - January 07, 2022.  Referrals for 1st graders are not required since CKSD screens all first graders annually.  Screening for the Highly Capable Program will take place starting in February.  To be eligible for screening a student must be referred by staff, parent, or community member. 

Please complete the Google Form to refer a student:

CKSD Student HCP Referral 2021-22

Espanol-CKSD Student HCP Referral 2021-22

Tagalog-CKSD Student HCP Referral 2021-22 

If you need a paper copy of the referral, please contact your child's school.

If you have any questions please contact Shannon Gordon at 360-662-1730 or shannong@ckschools.org 

More Information

Find more on ckschools.org about:

Complete Highly Capable Information

If you have any questions, call us at 360-662-1678.



Use the links below to quickly download our Highly Capable program forms (in Word format). For details, please read through our highly capable program pages.