Shelton's Program Overview

Program Overview

Program Overview 

What is the difference between the terms "Highly Capable," "Gifted and Talented," and "Advanced Academic?"

Highly Capable  ​A student who has been assessed to have superior intellectual/cognitive ability, specific academic achievement in a specified content area, and exceptional creativity.  

Gifted and Talented  The field of study devoted to researching and understanding these children and how to provide for their 
development (usually within a University setting) is called "gifted education."

Advanced Academics  The overall program in which a planned continuum of  services is determined.  The goal is to provide the appropriate academic challenges and accelerated learning opportunities for students in K-12; using research-based models, methodologies, and resources. 

Why these programs are needed.
Gifted and talented students (and those with high abilities) need gifted education programs that will challenge them in regular classroom settings, as well as in enrichment and accelerated programs, to enable them to make continuous progress in school.​

Nominations/Referrals and Timelines
The deadline for nominating/referring students to be assessed for identification as a highly capable learner is from December 8, 2017.   Additional information regarding the call for nominations can be found in the "Call for Nominations" document below.

Why should I have my student tested?
A student who is identified as “highly capable,” has basic educational needs that, typically, extend beyond the general education curriculum.  A continuum of services will be designed to meet their unique needs such as accelerated learning opportunities, varied grouping strategies, advanced courses, differentiation of curriculum and instruction, and a variety of other methodologies and resources that are research-based.
For each student nominated:
Parents/Guardians - will need to complete the Parent Permission-Referral Form (posted below)
Teachers - will complete the Teacher Nomination Form (posted below) 
FORMS are RETURNED to the student's home school office.
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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: Terry Meisenburg, 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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