Application Process

Applications for highly capable testing are now closed. We thank all families for considering our programs.

Important dates

To be considered for Highly Capable services, all families must direct apply during our open application window (September 19-October 20) to participate in our assessment cycle. 

No applications will be accepted after this deadline. 

Cognitive and academic assessments will take place between September 2022 through February 2023 for LWSD students. 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.

Visit Washington Administrative Code Chapter 392-170 and Revised Code of Washington Chapter 28A.185 for information on Washington state regulations for highly capable services. 

Referral process

Students are referred for Highly Capable services by parents, staff or community members by filling out an application form. To nominate your child, parents must apply for their student to be considered for highly capable services. Please contact the Accelerated Programs office at 425-936-1238 or if you need a paper copy of the application or if you need an application in a language other than English. 

Please note: Students must reside in the LWSD boundaries to apply for and participate in Highly Capable programs. 

Quest and Choice Schools

Application and notifications for entry into the separate Quest and Choice schools programs vary due to differences in the entry requirements for each program. As a result, families are notified of entry into Choice schools before they are notified of entry into Quest. In January, if you receive notification that you have been accepted into a choice school for 2023-24, you can accept that invitation. If you subsequently receive notification that your student has qualified for the Quest program, you will then need to decide whether you want to stay at the choice school or accept the spot in the Quest program. If you accept the spot in the Quest program, you will forfeit your spot at the choice school.

Families must select between attending a Choice school or attending Full-time Quest or Middle School Quest. Students may not be served by both programs.

Students may attend a Choice school and enter K5HC at their school site or Pull-out Quest at one of five school sites if they are notified of entry into both programs.