Highly Capable (Gifted)

What is a highly capable student? Our program defines these students as learners who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences and environment. Characteristics of these academically advanced students include the capacity and willingness to:

  • Learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned and to transfer learning to new situations;
  • Deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;
  • Make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
  • Learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and
    Concentrate and focus intensely.

We offer highly capable services for students who demonstrate both aptitude and achievement in verbal and/or quantitative skill areas. There is a process to identify and retain students who will benefit the most from CKSD highly capable services.

If you think this program might be right for your child, please talk with your child's teacher. 

Learning Options

Our services range from full-time academic environments to services within general education classrooms. Coordinators at each school help teachers challenge highly capable students. They may offer higher-level learning materials, assignment options and/or special projects.

Central Kitsap School District offers self-contained classrooms for grades two through five and a magnet program for middle school students. It's based here at Central Kitsap Middle School. We offer challenging courses in both middle and high school.

Learn more about Central Kitsap School District's program options. 

More Information

Learn more on ckschools.org about:

If you have any questions, contact the Olympic High School Highly Capable coordinator, Cathy Nitchman at 360-662-2827. Or call Student Services at 360-662-1677.