Bridgeport School District seeks HiCap candidates

BRIDGEPORT – The Bridgeport School District is committed to identifying and providing for the unique educational needs of all its students. In that effort, the district is currently soliciting nominations from parents, school staff, and community, of students who are believed to have a high capacity to learn quickly, deeply, and/or broadly so the district can better provide an individualized educational service to each of its students. 
Students nominated through this process will be considered for enrollment in the district’s Highly Capable Program based upon screening and assessment with the permission of their parent/guardian.
Bridgeport School Superintendent, Scott Sattler said the school has had a HiCap Program for years now.
“It’s our effort to reach out to the upper end kids,” Sattler said and added that candidates are selected through a variety of ways.
“Our Math is Cool competition is just one example of our Highly Capable programs,” Sattler said.
The definition of highly capable students applies to those students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Per Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-170-035/036 that potential includes:
• The 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;
• The creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
•  The ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and
• The capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.
Forms to submit nominations may be obtained from the district office or found on the Bridgeport School District website, www.bridgeport.wednet.edu. Please return completed forms to the district office – Attention: HiCap Program.

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