Children who demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade level standards in literacy and/or math, demonstrate exceptional creativity, and possess strong motivation to excel are good candidates for the Richland School District's Highly Capable Program. The District provides opportunities for students to receive district based, school based and/or classroom based instructional opportunities as part of a comprehensive Response to Intervention (RtI) program designed to meet the needs of all learners.

Click here to read an overview of the program offerings.

And click here to read a comprehensive Q & A document.

Questions about our Highly Capable Program can be directed to Toni Vonderhulls at 509-967-6025 or toni.vonderhulls@rsd.edu

 

Highly-capable testing for current 1st-7th graders will take place this winter.


Students enrolled from the previous year will automatically continue in the Building-Based and QUEST programs unless withdrawn or exited.



The “QUEST” Program (Grades 3-5) 

The QUEST (Question to Understand, Endeavor, Seek, Triumph) program serves students in grades 3-5 and is housed at Lewis & Clark Elementary School. Students must have a consent form on file by the date indicated on the Timeline Document. Students meeting the Screening/Qualifying Criteria in both reading and math will be eligible for QUEST. Enrollment and placement into the QUEST program will require that a Consent to Test Form ....(Spanish version)....be completed and returned to the District administration office by the date indicated on the Timeline Document. This Permission for Placement Form will accompany the notification announcement that parents receive should their child qualify for placement.

All assessments for this program occur the winter prior to fall placement (students in grades 2-4). Children who demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade level standards in literacy and math, demonstrate exceptional creativity, and possess strong motivation are good candidates for the QUEST program.

KEPR-TV feature on QUEST (December 26, 2014)


School-Based Highly Capable Programs


Kindergarten-5th grade

Students currently in kindergarten through 5th grade (2015-16) may request consideration for the HI-CAP programs offered at their home school for the following year. Students must have a consent formed signed and returned to the District administration office by the dates indicated in the Timeline Document. Students meeting the Screening/Qualifying Criteria in either reading and/or math will be eligible for school-based services. Enrollment and placement into a school-based HI-CAP program will require that a Consent to Test Form ....(Spanish version)....be completed and returned to the District administration office by the date indicated on the Timeline Document. This Permission for Placement Form will accompany the notification announcement that parents receive should their child qualify for placement.

Kindergarten students enrolling in the fall of 2016 may be nominated for their school-based HI-CAP program. Nomination, screening and qualifying will occur in September. A separate Nomination-Consent Form for Kindergarten .... (Spanish version)....will be required. The window to submit this form is September 1 to September 15 each school year. 

The school-based highly-capable program (see school links below) for K-5 is designed to meet the needs of students who have exceptional ability by offering challenging and enriching learning experiences through differentiated instruction. Challenge comes from an advanced content, interaction with intellectual peers, and projects and activities that create a need for organization, and study skills. Teaching strategies include an emphasis on problem-solving, critical thinking skills, creativity skills and the development of research skills.

Badger Mountain
Jason Lee
Jefferson
Lewis & Clark
Marcus Whitman
Orchard
Sacajawea
Tapteal
White Bluffs
William Wiley


***Links to Educational Resources


Grades 6-8

Students in 6th through 8th grade may request consideration for the HI-CAP programs offered at their home school.  Students must have a consent formed signed and returned to Toni Vonderhulls, 615 Snow Avenue, by the dates indicated in the Timeline Document.  Students meeting the Screening/Qualifying Criteria in either reading and/or math will be eligible for school-based services. Accessing  school websites will provide more information regarding the program at a specific school. Enrollment and placement into a school-based HI-CAP program will require that a Consent to Test Form ....(Spanish version)....be completed and turned into the school’s counselor by the date indicated on the Timeline Document. This Permission for Placement Form will accompany the notification announcement that parents receive should their child qualify for placement. Students will have access to advanced coursework based on their qualifications in one or more of the following subjects: English/language arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies.

 
Grades 9-12

Our high school program offers a wide variety of challenging courses. Students/Parents should work with their counselor to build a High School and Beyond Plan that best meets their interests and learning style. Opportunities for Running Start, College in the High School, AP, Honors, STEM, CTE Certification, Skills Center, and advanced interest classes are available in the content areas of: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, CTE, and the Arts.