Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Pacific Middle School
22705 24th Ave South Des Moines, WA 98198


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Hi-Cap Identification Process Starts Soon

Hi-Cap Identification Process Starts Soon

Our highly capable identification process starts soon. It will happen in two phases.

Phase I – Universal Screening

  • All 1st- and 2nd-grade students will participate in the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) screener as part of their school day between early December and mid-January.  
  • Existing reading and math data for students in grades 3-7 will be used for Phase 1, including iReady and Smarter Balanced Assessment data.

After Phase I screening is completed, students who qualify will receive a letter via U.S. mail notifying families of their child’s invitation to participate in Phase II of our identification process.

Phase II – Additional Testing

  • All students in grades 1-7 who demonstrate high levels of proficiency on the assessments reviewed in Phase I will be invited to an additional testing session during their regular school day. During this test, students will participate in the comprehensive Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).
  • Students may also be nominated to participate in the additional testing by a teacher, family member or community member. We welcome nominations, especially in circumstances when a standardized test may not accurately reflect a student's capabilities. Nominations are due by Friday, February 21.

nomination form 

If you need more details or have questions please contact our Highly Capable department at 206.631.3101.