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Two rising seniors from Nikola Tesla STEM High School (Tesla STEM) used mapping to tackle an important issue for a local endangered species. Siddhant Porwal and Druhin Bhowal brought awareness to the Southern Resident Orca Whale (SROW) population decline through state and national ArcGIS mapping competitions.

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    Accelerated Programs

    Teacher helping student on laptop in computer lab.

    The application for highly capable services is now closed.

    The highly capable in-person testing window closes on December 17. Online students who met the screening criteria will receive an email the first week of January with assessment information for January exams.

    All of the data will be reviewed by the Multi-Disciplinary Selection Committee and families will be notified of eligibility via email in mid-February.

    Video: LWSD Accelerated Programs

    Lake Washington School District provides accelerated academic programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. These programs are designed to meet the learning styles and needs of students with exceptional intellectual, academic, and creative abilities.

    Announcements for the 2021-2022 school year
    Eligibility infographics can be found below, as well as under the "Referral Process" tab. Cognitive and academic assessments will take place between October 4, 2021 through December 17, 2021 for LWSD students attending in-person school. Assessments will occur during the school day at your child's assigned school. Private/home school students will follow the same timeline, and assessments will take place either at the assigned LWSD school or LWSD Resource Center.  

    Students who meet the screening criteria will receive communication from the Accelerated Programs Department about next steps in the eligibility process.

    The district uses multiple objective criteria to identify students who are among the most highly capable. Private testing results are not accepted.


    Contact Accelerated Programs

    Phone: 425-936-1238
    Fax: 425-936-1325
    Department email: quest@lwsd.org
    Website: lwsd.org/HCP

    Accelerated Programs Staff
    Becky Kadrmas, Director
    Laura Morgan, Administrative Supervisor
    Amanda Olson, Administrative Professional
    Allyson Dowden, Administrative Professional
    Britt Galen, Accelerated Programs Psychologist
    Crystal Batlle, Instructional Specialist
    Erin Fleshman, Instructional Specialist
    Ryan Smith: Instructional Specialist

    Mailing address:
    Lake Washington School District
    Accelerated Programs Office
    P.O. Box 97039
    Redmond, WA 98073

    Location:
    Lake Washington School District Resource Center
    16250 N.E. 74th Street
    Redmond, WA 98052

    For a complete list of Accelerated Programs staff, please visit the Highly Capable Programs Staff Directory.

    Gifted Education Advisory Council (GEAC)
    Gifted Education Advisory Council is a parent-led committee that supports the gifted education program in Lake Washington School District.