We make a collective commitment to all of 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 student’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 392.170.080)


Public Notice, 11/29/2020  

We are accepting new referrals for BPS students through December 31, 2020, for students to be considered for highly capable services.

Teachers, parents, or community members may refer any student through grade 12 for assessment; secondary students may also self-refer. All second grade students will automatically be screened in January so no referral is needed at that grade.  Assessment for all referred students takes place, annually, this year in January or February depending on COVID-19 school closure circumstance.  A news announcement was placed in the Bellingham Herald on 11/29.2020, found at


To refer a student for assessment, members may complete the online referral forms below and submit electronically.

Referral links: parent referral form and staff referral form available in both English and Spanish.

Referral forms must be received on or before Dec. 31, 2020 for eligibility in the 2020-21 school year.

Questions, or to receive a copy of the referral form by mail, contact Cindy Thompson at; cell: (360) 927-9190






Trina Hall
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

Keith Schacht
Director of Teaching and Learning, Student Services

Jennifer Lawrence
Teacher on Special Assignment

Angie Ritchey
Executive Administrative Assistant

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