Frequently Asked Questions

What does my child need to do to get into the Hi-Cap Program? 

The Sequim School District outlines the process and criteria for Highly Capable Services in the Hi-Cap Handbook. The handbook can be found by clicking here.

How often can my child test?

Students may test once every 12 months. Please note that retesting year after year may not produce drastically different results.

How do I prepare my child for testing?

It is not necessary to prep your child in any special way other than making sure they are well rested and fed. Each student will receive practice questions on the day of the test. 

How does one know if a child is exhibiting highly capable or gifted behaviors?

National Association for Gifted Children provides information on informal assessments and checklists to help address this question. http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources/my-child-gifted/common-characteristics-gifted-individuals

Must a child excel in all areas to be referred to the highly capable program?

Children do not have to be gifted in multiple areas to be considered for the highly capable program. Specific criteria and qualifications can be found here: Hi-Cap Handbook 2018-19

Can a child have learning or physical disabilities and exhibit highly capable traits?

Children can experience learning and physical disabilities and at the same time exhibit highly capable characteristics. This phenomenon is widely referred to as twice exceptional, dual exceptionality, gifted and learning disabled, and gifted learning disabled.

What if my child does not qualify?

Hi-Cap is a specialized program intended for a small population of students (similar to Special Education). Teachers in all classrooms work to differentiate in their classes to meet the needs of all students.

I’m confused by a lot of contradictory information about giftedness. Where can I get clear answers?

There are a lot of myths about highly capable/gifted and talented students and programs. You can get many answers here: http://www.nagc.org/myths-about-gifted-students

For more information, please contact Jodi Olson at jolson@sequimschools.org or (360) 775-7083