Students identified Highly Capable, as with all children, have a range of needs which include the specific areas of qualification used by the Bellingham Public Schools. We recognize that our students’ needs often fall outside of the identified areas and therefore work with families to make the best educational decisions. Based on a formal program review conducted by OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) in collaboration with a committee representing families, teachers, administrators and community members from Bellingham Public Schools the Highly Capable services have undergone significant change. Our focus is in alignment with state guidelines and requirements. We consider the needs of each child and provide a variety of supports to nurture their areas of strength and/or strengthen their areas of struggle.

As a district, we use an MTSS Model model providing tiered instruction based on student need:

For a larger image: Bellingham Public Schools MTSS Model

Continuum of Services:

For a larger image: Continuum of Services.


Trina Hall
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

Keith Schacht
Director of Teaching and Learning, Student Services

Jennifer Lawrence
Assistant Director of Literacy

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