Highly Capable Program Nominations

November 1 , 2016

 West Valley School District is now accepting nominations of students for highly capable services from parents, teachers and community members.  Students most likely to benefit from highly capable services exhibit high capability in intellectual and/or creative areas, possess an unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields, thereby requiring services beyond the basic program. 

 Highly capable students are typically in the top 3 to 5 percent of the population intellectually.  There are many other indicators that also help identify highly capable children. A list of some of those characteristics is included on the Parent Nomination Form which is available from your building principal or on the district website.

 A continuum of highly capable services is provided by West Valley School District that offer challenging and rigorous curriculum to students who have demonstrated cognitive ability, specific academic achievement and exceptional creativity.  Highly capable services (Beyond Benchmark) will be provided in each elementary school and at West Valley Middle School for identified students in grades kindergarten through 6th, as well as self-contained PAL classrooms in 3rd and 4th grades at Wide Hollow Elementary.  A variety of advanced and honors courses are offered in Grades 7 through 12 at West Valley Junior High, Freshman Campus, and High School.  Please contact your building principal should you have questions regarding the specific highly capable services available in your child’s school.     

 If your student is nominated for highly capable services, further cognitive testing may be done with your written permission at your child’s local school in the near future.  You will be informed ahead of time of the actual testing date. 

 A multi-disciplinary team composed of the building principal, a teacher and a psychologist will review information from academic testing, nomination forms, teacher input forms, and cognitive testing if done to make placement decisions for services.  You will be informed in writing of the team’s decision.

 Should a parent wish to appeal the decision regarding a student’s eligibility for the highly capable services, they must notify the building principal, in writing, within ten days of receipt of that decision.  The principal shall issue a decision regarding the appeal, in writing, within ten days.  The decision of the principal will be final.

 A student may be exited from the highly capable program upon the recommendation of a multi-disciplinary team and the parent.  An alternate educational placement will be made on a space available basis.  If a resolution is not reached, the building principal shall make the final decision.

 If you wish to nominate your student, please pick up or print and complete a Parent Nomination Form from your building secretary or the district website.   Please return it to your child’s building principal by November 18, 2016.