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Highly Capable Programs Policy

Highly Capable Programs

Policy 2190

In accordance with our mission at Paterson School District, “To serve Paterson children by building an uncommon school where students partake of a rigorous, extended day academic program that gives them the means to succeed in school and life, no matter their background or circumstance...

To generate for students a transformative experience… and to cultivate in them the belief that they shape their own destinies…” our highly capable program will be a school-wide program. Embracing the growth mindset as a district, we will offer each student the opportunity to develop their own special abilities, supported by the highly-capable program which provides kindergarten through eighth grade students access to a basic education program that accelerates learning and enhances instruction. The framework for our program will encompass, but not be limited to, the following objectives:

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


The board will annually approve the district’s highly capable plan which describes the number of students the district expects to serve by grade level; the fact that the district’s plan to identify students is open ended; a description of the highly capable program goals; a description of the services the program will offer; an instructional program description; a description of ongoing professional development for highly capable dynamic teaching for all classrooms; program evaluation and fiscal report; and assurances that the district is legally compliant.

The superintendent will establish procedures consistent with state guidelines to ensure students are receiving advanced instruction, opportunities to accelerate, and opportunity to reach their potential  in terms of general intellectual ability, academic aptitude, and creative or productive thinking.

Legal References:

RCW  28A.    185.030                         Programs — Authority of local school districts — Selection of students
WAC 392-170                                     Special service program — Highly capable students

Adoption Date: 07.14.08 Revised: 07.14; 08.15; 07.18; 07.19