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Highly Capable Program

Highly Capable Testing
Tacoma Public Schools has three main avenues for students to enter the identification process for highly capable services within the district.  The three opportunities are through the nomination form process, district wide second grade screening, and transfer into district with highly capable documentation. 
Nomination Process (2014 – 2015):  The nomination process is closed for the 2014-2015 school year.  The remaining student nomination packets are processed in April 2015 and May 2015 for August 2015 identification and placement decisions.  In an effort to identify additional students, the nomination process scheduled to close on November 20, 2014, was extended until April 6, 2015.
Nomination Process (2015-2016):  The nomination process will open the first day of school, September 8, 2015. Please see chart below for deadlines relating to each grade level.
Screening Process (2014-2015): The screening process has been completed for the 2014-2015 school year.  Identification letters were mailed to parents the last week of March 2015.  Placement letters will be mailed to parents in August 2015. Make-up tests are administered during April 2015 and May 2015 for August 2015 notification of identification and placement.
Highly Capable Programs School Year Testing Cycle 2014-2015
October Cycle
January/February Cycle
April Cycle
Main Grades of Focus
1, 8, 9, 10, 11, private school students within the district
Deadline for Nominations
First School day in October
No Nominations/Screening
First School day in April
Testing Dates
Last Week of October
Entire Month of January
Third Week in April
Identification Decision
Within 120 school days
(usually February)
Within 120 school Days
(usually May)
Within 120 school days
(usually August)
Placement Decision
Usually August
Usually August
Usually August
Placement in HC Program
Next Academic School Year
Next Academic School Year
Next Academic School Year


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For more information, contact 

Patrick Johnson, Director of Equity and Academic Excellence at 253.571.1249

Dr. Sandy Wentworth, Instructional Facilitator -Highly Capable Programs 253.571.1120                                           253.571.1275

Janice Wright-Davis, Secretary Equity and Highly Capable Programs 253.571.1120

Fax: 253.571.1203                               Forms only:




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