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.


2020-21 Highly Capable Learner Liaisons: 

To support teachers and families, HCL Liaisons are available to answer questions, collaborate and support the unique needs of students identified highly capable.

Alderwood – Miranda Savory

Birchwood – Melanie Haines

Carl Cozier – Monica Savory

Columbia – Kirstin Copeland

Cordata – Michelle Hornof

Geneva – Chloe Cantero

Happy Valley – Carrie Vining

Lowell – Precious Bryngelson

Northern Heights – Jayme Rios

Parkview – Ralph Hayden

Roosevelt – Susan Kagel

Silver Beach – April O’Halloran

Sunnyland – Katy Ackerson

Wade King – Precious Bryngelson

Middle Schools – Jenny Lawrence, TOSA

High Schools – School Counselors

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

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