Franklin Pierce School District is committed to our “Core Business” of engaging all students in rigorous, relevant, high quality work. We provide a comprehensive highly capable program which offers a variety of advanced and accelerated learning opportunities at all grade levels. Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advance academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences or environment (WAC 392-180-045).
Services for each identified student will be developed at the student’s home school in collaboration with school staff and families. Service options may include differentiated curriculum and/or instruction in the classroom, cluster grouping, and/or accelerated content area instruction for part of the day.
Services for eligible and selected students are provided on site at Brookdale Elementary through a self-contained program, Project Excel. Project Excel provides appropriately challenging curriculum and assignments requiring research through accelerated study. The referral process for Project Excel begins in March and student selection completed in May. Students are recommended by either parents, guardians, community members or teachers. Students are selected based on recommendations, standardized test scores and previous program experience. Please click on the Eligibility and Enrollment tab for more information.
Services middle school students are provided on site at both Ford and Keithley Middle School through the Pre-Advanced Place Program. The Pre-AP Program provides multi-disciplinary instruction, cooperative learning, and a variety of exploratory, research-based projects. Students may be recommended or self-select enrollment into the Pre-AP Program. Students who are successful in the Brookdale Project Excel program are automatically enrolled in the Pre-AP Program.
Students at the high school level do not need to be officially selected to enroll in advanced and accelerated courses. We encourage all students to take advantage of selecting appropriately challenging courses. Highly Capable Program services are provided through Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP courses, College in the High School, Career and Technical Education Dual Credit opportunities and Running Start. Please see High School Course Catalogs and contact your student’s counselor regarding specific scheduling supports and click here to read about the differences between the above listed services.
- How do I refer a student for highly capable programs?
- What are some characteristics of a highly capable student?
- My student was referred in the past and was not eligible for highly capable services, can I refer them again?
- My student was referred by a teacher, do I (as the parent or guardian) need to do anything else?
- What is the CogAT?
- Should my student study before taking the CogAT?
- Does my student need to requalify for services every year?
- I am transferring my student(s) to Franklin Piece Schools next year, can I refer my student for testing?
- Does the district provide transportation to Brookdale for Project Excel?
- How can I be involved in my student’s highly capable program success?
Highly capable students perform or show potential for performing at significantly advance academic levels when compared with others of their age, experience and environments. Click here for a chart of characteristics which help identify characteristics of highly capable students.
The Cognitive Abilities Test measures a student’s reasoning skills in three parts. The first is verbal and tests a student’s vocabulary, as well as their comprehension of ideas, efficiency and verbal memory, and ability to discover word relationships. The second part tests student’s quantitative reasoning and problem solving ability and provides an appraisal of their general level of abstract reasoning. The third part is non-verbal and uses geometric shapes, paper folding and figures and requires students to construct analogies based on a sequence of images. Click here to view sample CogAT items.
We can only assess students currently attending Franklin Pierce Schools. Transfer students may be referred when they begin attending and will be assessed during the next selection process. If your student is currently participating in a highly capable program and is transferring to Franklin Pierce Schools, please let the school know when you register your student. Your student’s documentation of participation in previous highly capable program, testing data and academic achievement support data will be reviewed by the committee to determine placement and if selection criteria are met, your student will be enrolled as program space allows.