Highly Capable

Students need to be challenged in order to grow.

Our Highly Capable (Hi-Cap) program offerings are geared toward pushing those students in elementary and middle school who demonstrate exceptional potential and are in need of advanced learning opportunities. Our programs include offerings available in each of our schools as well as through a magnet elementary program.

The referral window has closed for the fall 2023 testing cycle. 

Application Process

School-Based Programs

Elementary school-based programs are designed for students in kindergarten through 5th grade in the general education classroom. These services allow the student to receive services in his/her neighborhood school and do not require transferring to a new school.  School-based services are designed to meet the needs of students who have exceptional ability by offering challenging and enriching learning experiences within their general education classroom. This is provided through advanced content, interaction with intellectual peers and projects and activities that create a need for advanced organization and study skills. Teaching strategies emphasize problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and the development of research skills.

QUEST Program (Grades 3-5)  

The QUEST (Question to Understand, Endeavor, Seek, Triumph) program serves students in grades 3-5 and is located at Lewis & Clark Elementary. Children who demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade level standards in literacy and math, demonstrate exceptional creativity, and possess strong motivation are good candidates for the QUEST program.  Services in QUEST will require the student to be enrolled full time as a Lewis and Clark Elementary. Transportation will be provided if the student is not already enrolled at Lewis and Clark Elementary.

Secondary School Opportunities

Students in grades 6-7 may request consideration for the Hi-Cap programs offered at their attendance area school based on their qualifications. Students who qualify in reading will be placed in advanced English language arts, science and social studies courses. Student placement in math will be determined by qualification and performance in past math courses.

High school students can take advantage of a variety of challenging and advanced courses. These include:

Students and parents should work with a school counselor to build a High School and Beyond Plan that best meets their needs.

Toni Vonderhulls
Assessment Coordinator
Toni.Vonderhulls@rsd.edu