Kent School District’s Highly Capable Program Your School Date 2014-15 Highly Capable Program Services Growing talent and minds from Kindergarten to college and career Definition of Highly Capable Students • Students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments • Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain (WACS) Definition of 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 their chronological peers. 3. Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts. 4. Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength. 5. Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus. What is ACE? The Accelerated and Clustered Enrichment Program is designed to: • Provide rigorous, differentiated instruction • Support social-emotional development • Build on strengths How are students serviced in ACE? • • • • • Content Process Product Learning environment Assessment Literacy Program Compact and accelerate the grade level standards through adding depth, complexity, and creativity. Resources: • Common Core English Language Arts Standards • Short stories, poetry, and nonfiction reading comprehension through Jacob’s Ladder • Junior Great Books • Wordly Wise • Vocabulary for the Classical Roots • Thinking Skills within the Common Core Mathematics Program • Common Core Mathematics standards • Compacting and accelerating the grade level standards through adding depth and complexity. Outside Opportunities University of Washington Robinson Center for Young Scholars Summer Challenge • Fast-paced, challenging courses in 3-5 week blocks • Students explore issues and solve problems through interactive, hands-on activities Enrichment Programs • Saturday courses throughout the school year • Students are provided a dynamic, challenging, and inspirational learning experience in math or writing UW Robinson Center Outside Opportunities John Hopkins Talent Search • The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY), a world leader in gifted education, seeks high performing students for enrollment in special programs throughout the country. • High performing students take a test designed for older students which can reveal more about the student’s talents and abilities • Tests are held in late fall/early winter and dates and fees can be found on website John Hopkin’s Center for Talented Youth Resources National Association for Gifted Children Hoagies Gifted Washington Association of Educators of Talented and Gifted William and Mary Center for Gifted Education Kent School District Hicap website Thank you for coming!