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In order to develop the special abilities of each student, SKSD offers a highly capable program which provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students who are selected for the program with access to a basic education program that accelerates learning and enhances instruction. The framework for such programs will encompass, but not be limited to, the following objectives:

  • Expansion of academic attainments and intellectual skills;
  • Stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence and responsibility;
  • Development of a positive attitude toward self and others; and
  • Development of originality and creativity.

The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) defines highly capable students as students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivity within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes.  South Kitsap School District (SKSD) is committed to offering unique services for highly capable students. We recognize that highly capable students need to work with content and ideas appropriate for their individual abilities, but also recognize the need for highly capable students to explore interests in depth and spend time with their intellectual peers. Highly capable students thrive in an educational environment which will increase their involvement and interest in learning.  Please use the menu below, on the left, or above to find information regarding our program services, our referral and identification process, and helpful websites. If you have additional questions feel free to contact us.
Updates regarding timeline changes due to COVID restrictions 2021:

Referral season has closed and we are working on gathering data on referred students as well as administering universal screeners to 2nd and 5th grade students.
Some referred students may be invited in small groups for testing this spring. Those that are unable to attend can defer attending testing to the late summer/fall.
Our multi-disciplinary selection team (MST) will meet in May/June to view student testing & portfolios for identification purposes. Letters will be sent to families conveying committee decisions as soon as possible.
updated 3/29/21

Referrals for services next school year are accepted starting the first Monday in December through the third Friday in January each year. See the Referral & Identification Process for details and instructions.

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Contact Information
Highly Capable Services: (360) 874-7057. Fax: (360) 874-6289
2689 Hoover Ave SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366

  • Jo Warren - Executive Director of Categorical Programs, Innovations & Assessments
  • TBD - Highly Capable Services/Testing Coordinator
  • Eryn Carpenter - Highly Capable Services Instructional Specialist
  • Joelle Jensen - Highly Capable Services Assistant/Paraeducator