The Ridgefield School District Highly Capable program is designed to address the social, intellectual and emotional needs of our gifted students. The program is currently implemented across all grade levels in an effort to develop each student's unique potential through accelerated learning and enhanced instruction. Students experience a differentiated curriculum which challenges them to think analytically, logically, and creatively as they solve problems, make decisions and explore their own interests. It is a program in which administrators, teachers, students, and parents share responsibilities for the highly capable child’s education.

The Highly Capable Program is a state grant funded program that requires the district to meet all guidelines provided in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-170. It supports the district philosophy by recognizing that highly capable students in the Ridgefield School District have unique values, needs, and talents.

Highly Capable Student Definition (WAC 392-170-035)

Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes according to chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW.


  • To identify students who have high intellectual, academic and/or creative thinking abilities.

  • To provide accelerated learning and enhanced instruction designed to meet the needs of highly capable students.

  • To provide teacher professional learning to maximize teacher effectiveness.

  • To provide an intellectual peer group.

  • To provide a quality program for eligible students at each school.

2023-24 Parent/Guardian Information Presentation