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Highly Capable Program Information
Highly Capable Program Information
Jana Eaton
Wednesday, March 06, 2019

In accordance with the philosophy to develop the special abilities of each student, the 
District will offer a highly capable program which provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students selected for the program 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:

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

Procedures exist that are consistent with state guidelines for nomination,
assessment and selection of children of demonstrated achievement or
potential ability in terms of general intellectual ability, academic
aptitude and creative or productive thinking.

Highly capable students are 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 student’s general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic
abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. 

Students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:

1. Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;

2. Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than others peers;

3. Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;

4. Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and

5. Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

The Dayton School District announces an open referral process 
for students currently in K-12 who may qualify for Highly Capable
(Hi-Cap) Program services. Anyone may refer students, including but not
limited to: teachers, parents/guardians, staff, friends, students,
members of the community, however,  parent/guardian permission will be
required for testing.  If you are unsure of the characteristics of
Highly Capable learners, please refer to: http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources/my-child-gifted/common-characteristics-gifted-individuals.

For more information please contact the MS/HS office at 509-382-4775 or Highly Capable Program Director/Coordinator Kristina Brown at kristinab@daytonsd.org. Forms should be returned as soon as possible or by March 29, 2019.

Parent Checklist

Permission to Participate Form

Parent Registration Form

Scale for Rating Behavioral Characteristics.