Highly Capable Learners

HCL Students in grades 3 and 4 will be supported by Caryn Ploof (cploof@sw.wednet.edu), South Whidbey Elementary STEM Teacher.  The program will take place in Mrs. Ploof’s classroom.  Students will choose from a variety of project options and share their work with classmates and peers from around the world. For additional information on this global learning, you can visit Mrs. Ploof’s website, click on useful links, then click HCL penpals.

HCL Students in grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 will be supported by Lindsey Demots (ldemots@sw.wednet.edu), South Whidbey Elementary ELA & Social Studies Teacher, and Tracy McKnight (tmcknight2@sw.wednet.edu), HCL Instructional Assistant.  Ms. McKnight will be actively engaging students at our South Campus with the support of Ms. Demots.  Students in this grade level will be working to identify projects with research components, portfolios, products, and presentations.

Additional HCL Contacts: Dr. Jeff Fankhauser Director of Special Programs & Services 360.221.6808, ext. 4608 jfankhauser@sw.wednet.edu

Katharine Pfeiffer SWES-N Counselor 360.221.6808, ext. 4404 kpfeiffer@sw.wednet.edu

Christine Amundson HCL Program Assistant

360.221.6808, ext. 5136 camundson@sw.wednet.edu

Qualification Guidelines:

The program for Highly Capable Learners has been created to enrich the school experience for students identified as exceptional or "gifted" for Kindergarten and beyond. We utilize assessment tools as a screening process to identify students who may be served well in such a program. Students previously identified and invited to be part of the Highly Capable Learners program need not reapply annually to participate and remain part of the HCL Program for the duration of their school career in South Whidbey School District.

Children who qualify in the top 2% are considered Tier 3 and eligible for enrichment programs and activities. If you and your child's teacher or teachers believe that he or she may be a highly capable student (in the top 2%) you may nominate the student to be assessed. Please have a conversation with your child's teacher about this and request a nomination packet.

Students are not formally assessed until the spring of second grade. Between Kindergarten and fall of their 3rd grade year, student learning needs will be supported individually by teachers in their classrooms.

Please see and complete the eligibility to test form on the school website. Please email or send the completed form to Christine Amundson at South Whidbey High School. The testing date is subject to change, and we will notify nominated families of changes in a timely manner.

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