Bellingham Public Schools

Highly Capable Learners


 Identification of Students for Highly Capable Needs


Bellingham School District will be assessing students for highly capable services during February of 2016. Students can be referred for assessment by parents, teachers, and community members from January 1st through February 5th, 2016.

Parent/Guardian/Community member Referral Form

Teacher/District staff Referral Form


If you have further questions regarding highly capable identification or our continuum of services, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 360-676-6427 or by emailing


Highly Capable Approach

We make a collective commitment to Bellingham’s children. We will empower every child to discover and develop a passion, contribute to their community, and achieve a fulfilling and productive life.

We collectively commit to support a purposeful continuum of services for a diverse group of highly capable learners to develop each individual’s fullest potential.

Highly capable students are those 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. (WAC 392.170.035)


Highly Capable Program family handbook

Referral Form  (Espanol)

Teacher/District Staff Referral Form
Appeal Form (Espanol)

Contact Information

Highly Capable Program
Department of Teaching and Learning
Bellingham Public Schools
(360) 676-6427