HiCap FAQs

  • Does the district provide transportation to Pinewood?

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    For students in grades 2—5, the district provides bus transportation to and from our self-contained program at Pinewood Elementary.

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  • My student is already in HiCap. Do current HiCap students have to test each year?

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    No. Once a student has been identified, they will remain in the program as long as the program is a good fit for their academic needs.

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  • How and when will I know if my child is scheduled for assessment?

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    All students with a Parent Request for Student Assessment form on file and who have not previously tested within the last year are eligible to test. You will receive a letter and/or email with the date, time and place of the assessment to the address registered with the school district. If you have not received the information by the middle of February, please call the HiCap office.

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  • What if my child is sick and cannot take the test on the scheduled date?

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    One make-up date will be scheduled for each test approximately one week after the original testing dates. Please call the HiCap office to reschedule.

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  • When will we know the results of testing?

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    Information is not available until all testing has been completed and placements have been determined by the Review Team. This process can take approximately 2 months. You will be informed of your student’s eligibility by letter and/or email. Test booklets and answer sheets are not available and are held in strict confidence.

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  • I had my child privately tested. May I submit these results with the application?

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    No. The district does not accept private testing results as a substitute for the Highly Capable identification process. All students must go through the district’s identification process to be eligible for the Highly Capable program. If special circumstances warrant one-on-one testing, individualized testing may be approved. This testing will be conducted by school district personnel. A fee of $150 is assessed to cover the cost of testing.

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  • My student was in a HiCap program at his/her previous school. Does that mean they automatically get

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    Not automatically. Each school district has a unique program for Highly Capable students and may use different testing criteria. Please provide the HiCap Program office a copy of your student’s testing data, plus any other academic achievement support data and it will be reviewed to determine if they can be placed or they need to be tested.

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  • May out-of-district students apply?

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    No. Testing is provided at no cost for students who are registered with the Marysville School District. Resident students who are not registered in the Marysville School District are allowed to test for a fee of $150.00. Students moving into the District must be enrolled prior to testing.

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  • What if my child doesn’t get into the program?

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    The Highly Capable Program works to identify a very specific type of thinker, and only a small number of students meet the criteria. All the students who take the assessment are often bright, do well in school and will continue to do well. Your student’s teacher and principal may also work with you to help provide enrichment opportunities for your student. Appeals regarding assessment determinations will be addressed by an appeals review team. All appeals must be submitted in writing by June 1st of the testing academic year.

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  • My student has been offered placement! How can parents learn more about the HiCap services?

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    The HiCap service can vary between service locations. We encourage parents to follow up directly with the locations that will be serving their HiCap student. Certain locations may provide Information Nights, or meetings. Ask the school's secretary for dates and times if available.

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  • If my student is accepted into 10th Street, can he/she also be in HiCap?

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    The 10th Street school is a music and arts school that integrates technology into their daily education program. Identified HiCap students that are offered attendance at 10th Street through the lottery may choose the school’s existing educational program as their Highly Capable services.

     

     

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  • How do I know if this program is a good fit for my student?

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    To determine whether this program would be a good fit for your student, discuss academic abilities and performance with your child’s teacher(s).  Aside from high academic performance, some typical learning characteristics of highly capable children include:

    • Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding to retain what has been learned and to transfer learning to new situations
    • Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers
    • Ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts
    • Ability to learn very quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength
    • Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus
    • Ability to apply creative solutions to problems/challenges
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  • What is the process to get my student tested?

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    Application Process

    In order to be considered for the Highly Capable program, students must go through the District’s assessment process. Applicants must:

    • Be residents of and registered in the Marysville School District
    • Submit a completed Parent Request for Student Assessment form submitted
    • Demonstrate high academic achievement and cognitive ability
    • Demonstrate creativity and problem solving skills
    • Participate in the District’s evaluation process

    Parents may submit the Parent Request for Student Assessment (digital form) at anytime but it must be received by the last school day in January for the student to be scheduled for the identification assessment in the spring.

    The formal assessment process will be conducted February through May. Both the Parent Request for Student Assessment (PDF version) and Referral Letter Request forms are also available from your child's school, or at the district office.


    Assessment Process

    If you are the parent/guardian and interested in having your student tested for the Highly Capable Program the Parent Request for Student Assessment form must be completed and submitted by the last school day of January to ensure the student is scheduled to scheduled for test in Spring.

    Besides parents/guardians, anyone is welcome to recommend a student for testing consideration. If you know of a student you consider to be a good candidate for the HiCap program, please complete the Referral Letter Request form mail it to the district office or email a digital copy to Karen Davis.  A letter and/or email will be sent out in January to all students with a Parent Request for Student Assessment form on file with our office. The letter will provide specific details regarding assessment dates and process information.

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