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    Highly Capable and Advanced Learning Services

    All schools within Seattle Public Schools are committed to providing quality instruction designed to meet the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of each and every student.

    For students demonstrating an exceptional ability or potential to learn and reason beyond their same-age classmates each school develops a plan for advanced teaching and learning as part of the annual school Continuous School  Improvement Plan (CSIP) process.

    Is my child an advanced learner?

    As you think about whether you should refer your child for evaluation for Highly Capable or Advanced Learning services, think about the indicators including verbal skills, learning behaviors, and social-emotional development. Read more about how to know if advanced learning is right for your child.

    Referral and Eligibility Process by Student Grade Level or School Type

    Advanced Learning News and Updates!

    Supervisor of Highly Capable Services and Advanced Learning Programs 

    We are pleased to announce that Ms. Claudine ‘Deenie’ Berry has been selected as the new supervisor of Highly Capable Services and Advanced Learning Programs. This position is responsible for oversight of the Advanced Learning Department and the processes and services support provided to students with the potential for and who currently perform above standard in our schools.

    The selection process involved multiple rounds of interviews with a panel comprised of representative parents, community partners, Advanced Learning Task Force members, school leadership, teachers and district office staff and directors across Student Support Services. Candidates were asked to demonstrate situational and organizational leadership abilities, strength in engaging with families and perform a decision-making task using growth and performance data. Ms. Berry consistently received top marks in all rounds of the process. Most impressive was her clear demonstration of the preparedness and mindset necessary to lead future improvements to processes and school services provided by Advanced Learning department. Ms. Berry’s experience, education, and commitment to the tenets of the district’s Strategic Plan as well as her experience working alongside the Advanced Learning Office and Advanced Learning Task Force this past year, were recognized throughout the process, and presented a profile demonstrating a strong fit for leading this work at this time.

    We wish to express our gratitude for years of services to Supervisor Stephen Martin as he retires this June. Under his leadership, groundbreaking work in support of equity was prioritized across the department, unprecedented technology advancements were completed in support of families and trusted relationships with OSPI and within the Seattle community were forged and valued. He has provided guidance and consult for several leaders across multiple departments and is viewed as a trusted and knowledgeable advocate for the needs of students by the larger parent and partner communities.

    Our work of enhancing and improving processes, communication and services for all students will continue as we look forward to the recommendations of our Advanced Learning Task Force and direction from our superintendent and School Board to navigate and address the challenges ahead. Ms. Berry is ready and excited to lead this work!


    Kari Hanson, Director of Student Support Services

    Wyeth Jessee, Chief of Student Support Services

    Read more department updates.

    About Our Services

    Highly Capable (HC) Services/Opportunities for eligible students in grades K-12 provide differentiated practices unique to each building. Read more about Seattle Public Schools Highly Capable Services.

    Advanced Learning (AL) Services, for students in grades 1-8 who demonstrate high academic achievement, but who do not meet the definition of Highly Capable, are served in their neighborhood schools. Read more about K-8 Advanced Learning Services and Opportunities.

    Students in 6th through 12th grade: Read more about Highly Capable and Advanced Learning in Secondary Schools.

    How to Recommend a Student

    Teachers, school staff, parents, students and community members may recommend a child for the eligibility evaluation process. Contact us to recommend a student.

    Identification, Testing and Eligibility Process

    Per the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), students are referred by their parents to participate in the eligibility evaluation process. Read the WAC 392-170-080 Washington State Educational Program for Highly Capable Students.

    Delivery of advanced learning services includes students with disabilities (twice-exceptional students) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all social-economic, ethnic and cultural populations.

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    Exiting Services or Programs

    Students may be exited from Highly Capable Services if the services are no longer appropriate. A meeting of the parent/guardian, teacher, administrator, a representative from the Advanced Learning Office, and the student (at parent/ guardian discretion) shall precede such a service delivery change.

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    Advanced Learning
    PO Box 34165, Mail Stop 32-936
    Seattle, WA 98124

    Key Dates

    See our calendar webpage for upcoming dates and general referral and testing windows.

    2019 Referral and Eligibility Timeline for Seattle Public Schools Students

    May 15 - September 23, 2019

    Submit online referral via the Source.

    September - December 2019

    Take CogAT or other assigned test(s)

    September 2019 - January 2020

    Seattle Public Schools gathers all the data

    December 2019 - January 2020

    Seattle Public Schools MSC makes the eligibility decisions

    December 2019 - February 2020

    Eligibility notification posted to the Source account.

    January - February 2020

    File appeal if necessary

    February 2020

    Open Enrollment for School Choice

    February - June 2020

    Stay in current placement until following school year

    February - June 2020

    Communicate with your child's teacher about eligibility.

    Resources for staff

    MySPS MTSS webpage (requires login)

    Related Links

    Advanced Learning Task Force