Shelton's Advanced Academic Program

Advanced Academic Program


Advanced Academics Referral

The Shelton School District is beginning the annual process of nominating/referring students for Highly Capable Program services.

Highly capable students generally possess the following learning characteristics [WAC 392-170-036]:
  • 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;
  • Ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
  • Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and
  • Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.
Students identified as highly capable qualify for receiving services designed to meet their unique needs as a learner. These services might include:
  • Grade Content Acceleration and/or Compacting
  • Cluster Grouping
  • Academic Enrichment
  • Advanced/AP courses
Parents, teachers or other community members may nominate students. If you are interested, please follow these steps:
  1. Fill out the Parent Permission and Referral Form and the Teacher Nomination Form
  2. Return ALL completed forms to your child’s school office by Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Adrienne Minnery
Interim Director of Curriculum & Instruction, K-6
700 S. 1st Street * Shelton, WA 98584 * 360-426-1687 Ext. 10066 *  

OSPI - Legislation mandates that highly capable is basic education in Washington State. Information on the Highly Capable standards for Washington students:

Chapter 28A.185 RCW

Information Pertaining to

Highly Capable Learners:

A great place to begin is signing up 
NAGC (National Association for
Gifted Children). This is the research-
based organization used by the State
of Washington to support our highly
capable students. You will find:

  • Parent Resources
  • Information on Giftedness
  • Advocating for Gifted Students
  • Parent Tip Sheets
  • Information on Acceleration
  • Asynchronous Development (Different Rates of Development)
  • Early Childhood
  • Perfectionism
  • Nurturing Creativity
  • Motivation and Learning
  • Social and Emotional Needs

Please contact:

Adrienne Minnery
Interim Director of Curriculum & Instruction, PreK-6
Shelton School District
700 S. 1st Street
Shelton, WA   98584
360-426-1687   Ext. 10071
  • 700 S. First St., Shelton, WA 98584
  • p: 360-426-1687
  • f: 360-427-8610

The Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Linda Arnold, Executive Director of Human Resources. 360-426-1687. 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584. Complaint procedure can be found on this website under Board Policy #3210 (students) and #5010 (employees).

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