Update:  Letter to families of students identified highly capable, April 2020 regarding resources and supports during COVID-19 Closure. [Spanish]

HCL Resources for COVID-19 Closure

State and Local Organizations for Gifted Learners

Social Emotional Supports

Learning Resources for Highly Capable Learners

Other Resources


  • Parenting presentation, NWGCA online webinar on Saturday, April 25 from 3-5 pm Prior to the school closure,we had plans to bring Austina DeBonte to Bellingham to share her knowledge with our teachers and our parents. She is offering an online workshop on Saturday, April 25 (cost $25), there are limited spots available. We hope to offer this online free of charge to our families in May, so stay tuned for that opportunity.



Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory (HCL PA)

Four meetings are scheduled for the HCL Parent Advisory for the 2019-20 school year.  These meetings are opportunities for parents of students identified highly capable to come together to learn together, share resources, and to discuss various topics related to highly capable students’ supports, funding for services, and topics brought up by the group for discussion. Meetings are open to all, please come join in the learning, sharing and connection. No RSVP needed, just come and join in!

2019-20 Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory Meetings

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 9:45 – 11:00 AM at the District Office

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 9:45 – 11:00 AM at the District Office

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, To Be Rescheduled

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 9:45 – 11:00 AM at the District Office

For the 2019-20 school year we have a learning focus that will thread through the four parent advisory meetings around the social and emotional learning needs of students, especially targeted toward the needs of gifted students.  This will include the topics of anxiety, self-management, relationship skills, and other related topics identified by the group at the November meeting.  If you cannot attend and have ideas for this topic please email your input to Angie Ritchey.

Meetings, minutes and presentations can be found on the Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory webpage.

Family Nights

Two times this year families are invited to come together from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to learn and explore topics relevant to students and related to identifying, maximizing and celebrating the exceptionality that each child presents.  All family members are welcome and the intention is for the evenings to be interactive and engaging.  These family nights are open to all district families and can be attended with or without your child.

2019-20 Family Events – Celebrating the Exceptionality in Every Student

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Bellingham High School

Monday, December 9, 2019

Monday, April 27, 2020

Helpful Articles & Resources

Website Links to Associations & Organizations

Local Bellingham  HCL Parent Association

This is a local organization whose mission is to support high capable/gifted children by providing a forum for parents to:  Increase Awareness, Disseminate Information, Collectively Advocate, Encourage Development and Maintenance of School Programs, Support Legislation, Establish a Stronger Partnership with School Personnel. This Parent Association is a resource for information about services and activities available to your child in the area and a source of support for parents of HCL students.  You can find their website linked above.

Northwest Gifted Child Association:

This is a regional organization that 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.

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

Angie Ritchey
Administrative Assistant
360-676-6470 ext. 6533

Cindy Thompson
Administrative Assistant
360-676-6470 ext. 4447