Family Nights – Highly Capable Learners: 

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


Thursday, October 25 at Central Services, Board Room: Learning with Dr. Nancy Hertzog and UW Robinson Center Academic Advisor Kathryn Grubbs

Thursday, January 17 at Central Services, Board Room: Understanding Differentiation in Math

Tuesday, March 26 at Central Services, Board Room: Reviewing recent program survey.


Family Night Handouts 2017-18


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.

If you are interested in attending HCL PAC meetings to represent your student’s school please contact Dawn Christiana, Director of Teaching and Learning.


2018-19 HCL PAC Meetings

Meetings will be held at Central Services, 1306 Dupont Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17

Tuesday, December 4

Wednesday, February 20

Wednesday, April 17

Wednesday, May 29

2017-18  HCL PAC Meetings

Thursday, September 7

Thursday, November 2

Thursday, January 4

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

Thursday, May 3


2016-17 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


Student Surveys

2016-17 High School Student Survey End of Year

2017-18 Middle School and High School Student Survey End of Year

Family Surveys

Spring 2015

Spring 2016

Spring 2017

Spring 2018

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

Davidson Fellows Scholarship – The Davidson Institute for Talent Development offers high-achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named a 2019 Davidson Fellow, an honor accompanied by a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of a significant piece of work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box. Applicants must submit an original piece of work that is recognized as significant by experts in the field and that has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. The scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university. The deadline to apply is Feb. 13, 2019.


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.

SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) located in Burlington, Wash. This parent group meets on Mondays beginning Jan. 7, 2019.