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    Highly Capable and Advanced Learning Services

    Referral window now open: August 28 - December 7, 2020

    Welcome to Advanced Learning

    All schools within Seattle Public Schools are committed to providing quality instruction designed to meet the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of each and every student.

    The arrival of Chief of Student Support Services Dr. Concepcion Pedroza, and Advanced Learning Department Supervisor Deenie Berry have signaled a new era; the department is moving from a long-standing focus on testing to centering culturally responsive teaching and learning. Read more about the our commitment to becoming an anti-racist department.

    Advanced Learning News and Updates

    About Our Services

    Highly Capable (HC) Services/Opportunities for eligible students in grades K-12 provide differentiated practices unique to each building. Read more about Seattle Public Schools Highly Capable Services.

    Advanced Learning (AL) Services, for students in grades 1-8 who demonstrate high academic achievement, but who do not meet the definition of Highly Capable, are served in their neighborhood schools. Read more about K-8 Advanced Learning Services and Opportunities.

    Students in 6th through 12th grade: Read more about Highly Capable and Advanced Learning in Secondary Schools.

    Identification, Testing and Eligibility Process

    Per the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), students are referred by their parents to participate in the eligibility evaluation process. Read the WAC 392-170-080 Washington State Educational Program for Highly Capable Students.

    Delivery of advanced learning services includes students with disabilities (twice-exceptional students) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all social-economic, ethnic and cultural populations.

    Read more about: Testing and evaluation

    Exiting Services or Programs

    Students may be exited from Highly Capable Services if the services are no longer appropriate. A meeting of the parent/guardian, teacher, administrator, a representative from the Advanced Learning Office, and the student (at parent/ guardian discretion) shall precede such a service delivery change.