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Highly Capable Programs


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 (Hi-Cap) 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.

View an overview of the program offerings.

Read a comprehensive FAQ about the Hi-Cap program

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

Students enrolled from the previous year will automatically continue in the Building-Based and QUEST programs unless withdrawn or exited.

 

Fall 2018 Hi-Cap Enrollment (Kindergartners & New RSD Students)

Applications for Hi-Cap testing for current kindergartners and students in Grades 1-8 new to the district this fall are closed. 

 

Hi-Cap & QUEST Enrollment for 2019-20 school year

The district is currently accepting consent forms for enrollment in the Hi-Cap and QUEST programs for the 2019-20 school year. Deadline to have forms to the district's assessment office is 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 15. Students will be assessed beginning in February with letters sent to families of accepted students mailed beginning in mid-March. 

Please ensure you are using the correct form for your current school and desired program



About 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. 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.


About School-Based Highly Capable (Hi-Cap) Programs


Kindergarten-Grade 5

Students currently in kindergarten through Grade 5 may request consideration for the Hi-Cap programs offered at their home school for the following year. 

The school-based Hi-Cap program 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 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, and the development of research skills.

School Program Details:


Grades 6-8

Students in Grades 6-8 may request consideration for the Hi-Cap programs offered at their home school.  Students will have access to advanced coursework through Hi-Cap 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 a school counselor to build a High School and Beyond Plan that best meets their needs. Options such as Running Start; College in the High School; Advanced Placement (AP); Honors; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses; Career and Technical Educations (CTE) Certification; Tri-Tech 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.