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Highly Capable Program (HCP)

The Highly Capable Program (HCP) can provide instruction, activities and services that accelerate learning, and offer a unique academic challenge for young learners identified as highly capable. To be eligible for identification, students must be enrolled in a school district.

Pilot Project — HiCapPLUS — Will Address Gap in Professional Learning
HiCapPLUS meets a critical need for professional learning, and technical assistance among teachers and administrators who serve gifted and talented children. The project is a grant award from the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program, U.S. Department of Education.

Washington’s Highly Capable Program Is Basic Education
Washington’s HCP is established in state law (RCW) and administered through program rules (WAC) adopted by OSPI.

  • RCW 28A.150.220(3)(g)(3) The instructional program of basic education provided by each school district shall include: (g) Programs for highly capable students under RCW 28A.185.010 through 28A.185.030.
  • RCW 28A.185.020 The legislature finds that, for highly capable students, access to accelerated learning and enhanced instruction is access to a basic education.
  • WAC 392-170-012 For highly capable students, access to accelerated learning and enhanced instruction is access to a basic education. School districts may access basic education funds, in addition to highly capable categorical funds, to provide appropriate highly capable student programs.

In 2010, the Highly Capable Technical Working Group made recommendations to the Legislature that defined basic education for highly capable students.


Highly Capable Program

In Basic Education

Highly Capable CPR Program Guidance

Districts in Consolidated Program Review for 2016-17 cycle are invited to review the Highly Capable program guidance.

HiCap Program Evaluation Webinar

The HiCap Program Evaluation webinar contains guidance to create evaluation criteria for program identification and services, per WAC 392-170.


   Updated 1/11/2017

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