Highly Capable Program

Mission

The mission of Rochester School District is to prepare students for lifelong learning, rewarding careers and productive citizenship by embracing accountability, adaptability, and academic excellence.

What is the Highly Capable Program?

 The Rochester Highly Capable Program is a continuum of services for identified students to provide advanced curricula as well as support their social and emotional needs. These services range from teacher consultation within the regular classroom to pull out and or extended day services. 

What is the definition of a highly capable student?

Highly capable students are students 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 student’s 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.

Students who are highly capable may possess, but not limited to, these learning characteristics:

1. Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations:

2. Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity

3. Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;

4. Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and

5. Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

Highly Capable Referral and Screening

Students may be referred for highly capable screening/testing by teachers, parents, or community members. Referrals are accepted at any time; however assessment and placement will occur according to set timelines. 
 Referrals for students new to RSD (including Kindergarten) must be received at the District Office by the end of the first quarter. Screening, assessment, and placement will occur by 2nd semester. Referrals for all returning students must be received at the District Office by the end of 1st semester. Screening and assessment will occur in the spring with placement for the following school year.

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