Our Highly Capable Programs provide support and increased challenges for students recognized as needing services beyond the normal learning environment to be successful. Students in our programs are identified as exhibiting significantly advanced cognitive ability, advanced levels of academic achievement, and/or unusual creative behavior. A learning environment with a quicker pace, complexity, and level of instruction helps them reach their fullest potential.
Challenge Program (Grades 1-6)
At the elementary level, identified students are served through a full-time, self-contained program housed at Terrace Park School. The Challenge classrooms differentiate the strong, standards-based, regular Edmonds curriculum by providing an environment which allows students to identify and solve complex problems, explore concepts in greater depth and complexity, and to develop and create unique products. Using the National Association for Gifted Children Standards, the curriculum, instruction, and pacing is considerably more advanced and at a higher level than a regular classroom.
Highly Capable Middle School (Grades 7-8)
The Highly Capable Middle School program is designed for students who are academically advanced or demonstrate high intellectual capability. Successful candidates are often independent learners who thrive on progressively challenging opportunities, utilize advanced problem-solving and in-depth study. They thrive with presentation of curriculum matched to their demonstrated skills and capabilities. Identified students are served through a full-time program housed at Brier Terrace Middle School. Using the National Association for Gifted Children Standards, the curriculum, instruction, and pacing is considerably more advanced and at a higher level than a regular classroom or an Honors program.
Highly Capable students take the following classes as a group: English & Social Studies Block Science
Highly Capable students take the following with neighborhood students:
High School Advanced Options (Grades 9-12)
High School students have many opportunities to choose from for their high school educational goals. Eighth grade students who took the CogAT test, qualified as gifted, and are attending the Highly Capable Middle School Program will have the options to select one of the following programs of study.
- Edmonds Woodway High School to take full-time Honors in grades 9-10 and to pursue the full-time International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Diploma in grades 11-12.
- Mountlake Terrace High School to pursue the STEM Magnet Program Honors Diploma in grades 9-12.
- Their neighborhood high school and take Honors in grades 9-10; Advanced Placement and/or College in the High School in grades 11-12. Students will also be provided access to Running Start. Counselors will ensure placement and enrollment in these programs for qualified gifted students.
Eighth grade students that are not currently attending the Highly Capable Middle School program, and who live in the Lynnwood, Meadowdale, or Mountlake Terrace service area and want to attend the IB program at Edmonds-Woodway must:
· Enter Honors/IB program pathway only in ninth grade.
· Be willing to take full-time Honors and full-time IB Diploma program for four years.
Tenth grade students at Lynnwood, Meadowdale, and Mountlake Terrace, who have not previously qualified as gifted will have the opportunity to take the CogAT test, qualify as gifted, and stay at their home high school (EWHS IB program not an option). They will be ensured of enrollment by counselors in Advanced Placement and/or College in the High School, students will also be provided access to Running Start.
Please note: All advanced options with the exception of IB are available to students in grades 9-12 at Lynnwood, Meadowdale, and Mountlake Terrace High Schools without being identified as gifted based on space availability.
Students who live in the Edmonds-Woodway service area are eligible to take Honors and/or IB classes at EWHS without being identified as gifted based on space availability.
Please see more detailed information which explains all advanced options listed on both this website and your home high school’s website.