Family Nights- Highly Capable Learners:

Four times per year families with children identified Highly Capable are invited to come together from 6:30pm to 7:45pm to learn and explore topics relevant to students. All family members are welcome.

Students engage in a variety of enrichment experiences during these events.

Thursday, September 28 at Whatcom Middle School: Welcome back and Student Learning Plan/Goal Setting.

Wednesday, February 28 at Shuksan Middle School: Learning with Jennifer Grunert.

  • Executive Functioning Notes
  • Recommended Reading Materials
    • Smart, but Scattered by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
    • Mindset by Carol Dweck
    • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
    • Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions by Paula Moraine
    • Cognitive Connections, Sarah Ward, SLP

Thursday, April 19 at Options High School: Learning with Dr. Nancy Hertzog and UW Robinson Center Academic Advisor Kathryn Grubbs


Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory Committee ( HCL PAC):

Five meetings for HCL PAC members to come together to discuss various topics concerning identified students learning and supports, professional development for teachers, funding for services, and topics brought up by the group for discussion.


Meetings will be held at Central Services, 1306 Dupont Street, from 9:30am to 11:30am.

2017-2018  HCL PAC Meetings

Thursday, September 7

Thursday, November 2

Thursday, January 4

Thursday, March 1 (Canceled Due to District Budget Hearings)

Thursday, May 3


2016-2017 HCL PAC Minutes

September 29

October 27

Thursday, December 01

Thursday, January 19

Thursday, February 16

Thursday, March 16

Thursday, April 27

Thursday, May 25


Parent Surveys

Spring 2015

Spring 2016


Summer Resources 2018

Getting Gifted Kids Outdoors: Tips for a Summer of Play


Articles & Website Links:

Identity, Purpose, and Happiness: Helping High-Achieving Adolescents Find All Three by Kathryn Grubbs


Bellingham HCL Parent Association

Mission is to support high capable/gifted children by providing a forum for HCL parents to:  Increase Awareness, Disseminate Information, Collectively Advocate, Encourage Development and Maintenance of School Programs, Support Legislation, Establish a Stronger Partnership with School Personnel

Northwest Gifted Child Association :

Provides support and information to parents of gifted children. It continues to help parents enhance and hone their parenting skills. It gives them tools to speak out for an appropriate gifted education and deal with this learning difference we call giftedness.

Washington Association of Educators of Talented and Gifted

WAETAG is a non-profit Washington state organization which supports the education of gifted and talented persons through an annual conference for professionals and with a web site and newsletter filled with resources relevant to gifted youth and educators. Join this network of dedicated and concerned professionals who are continually striving to better meet the needs of gifted and talented youth in Washington State.

The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins University, CTY helps fulfill the university’s mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world.

National Association for Gifted Children

NAGC staff and leaders support and develop policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. NAGC supports and engages in research and development, staff development, advocacy, communication, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies who strive to improve the quality of education for all students.

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)

SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.