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    Middle School Quest Highly Capable Services

    Middle school Quest students at the Capitol for Project Citizen.

    Important information needed to complete the online application for LWSD Highly Capable Programs

    PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU APPLY

    If your child attends 1st grade in a LWSD school, do not complete the application at this time.
    Your child will take the CogAT Screening Form at his/her school between November 5 and 15.

    If your child currently attends a LWSD school and attended a LWSD school in 2017-18:
    Complete the online application below. You do not need to submit any additional documentation.

    If your child currently attends a LWSD school, but did not attend a LWSD school last year, have the following available on your computer before starting the online application:

    • Kindergarten and 1st Grade: No additional documents are needed
    • 2nd-3rd Grade: End of Year Report Card from previous year
    • 4th-7th Grade: End of Year Report Card and Standardized Test Results from previous year

    If your child currently attends private school or is home-schooled, please have the following available on your computer before starting the online application:

    • Kindergarten-1st Grade: Proof of Residency and Proof of Age
    • 2nd-3rd Grade: Proof of Residency, Proof of Age, and End of Year Report Card from previous year
    • 4th-7th Grade: Proof of Residency, Proof of Age, End of Year Report Card and Standardized Test Results from previous year

    Important notes:

    • For Proof of Residency, submit a current utility bill or mortgage statement.
    • For Proof of Age, submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport.
    • Report Cards must be from the end of the previous school year.
    • Standardized Test Results may be SBA results, state test results, Iowa Assessments or other academic testing showing national percentile ranks from the previous school year.
    • If you need help submitting documents, email quest@lwsd.org or call the Accelerated Programs Office at 425-936-1238.
    • If you would like a paper copy of the application or would like the application in a language other than English, please email quest@lwsd.org or call the Accelerated Programs Office at 425-936-1238.

    Click here for the Highly Capable Programs application


    Overview

    October 2018 Middle School Quest Parent Information Night Presentation

    Students conducting an experiment.

    The Middle School Quest program allows the most highly capable students to engage in rigorous and challenging curriculum with their academic peers. The program meets the needs of students who have been identified as having exceptional cognitive and academic ability by accelerating and enriching the district curriculum. Classes include greater breadth and depth of subject matter and a wide variety of learning processes and teaching methods. There are high expectations for student work and achievement.

    For sixth grade students, Middle School Quest consists of a two-period integrated language arts and social studies block, one period of science and one period of math. This schedule leaves students two periods for required and elective classes.

    For seventh and eighth grade students, middle school Quest consists of a two-period integrated language arts and social studies block and one period of science. Students are placed at the appropriate math level for one other period. This schedule leaves students two periods for required and elective classes.

    The learning pace is faster than in the regular education program. Students are expected to perform work that exceeds grade level standards by at least one grade level. Middle School Quest also emphasizes advanced academic thinking skills and strategies, strong communication and collaboration skills, and an increased awareness of local and global citizenship.

    Middle School Quest programs are currently located at:

    • Evergreen Middle School, Redmond
    • Kamiakin Middle School, Kirkland
    • Redmond Middle School, Redmond

    The district assigns a student to attend a Middle School Quest school based on his/her home address. School assignment is subject to change. For more information on Quest placement, view the Middle School Quest Feeder Pattern:

    Transportation

    LWSD offers limited bus transportation for students enrolled in the Middle School Quest programs at Kamiakin Middle School, Redmond Middle School and Evergreen Middle School.

    For more information on Quest bus schedules, view the Middle School Quest Bus Schedules.

    Selection Process

    Two girls working on an assignment. Application process for current fifth through seventh grade students for highly capable services in the 2019-20 school year. All dates are subject to change.

    • October 1, 2018: Online applications open.
    • October 8, 2018: Parent Information Night for parents of current students in grades 5 through 7. Attendance is not required in order to apply.
      6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
      Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center
      12033 N.E. 80th St.
      Kirkland, WA 98033
    • October 26, 2018: Online applications close at 4 p.m. (Late applications are not accepted.)
    • November 17, 2018: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screening Form
    • January 12, 2019: Iowa Assessments
    • January 19, 2019: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
    • Spring 2019: Notification of Placement
    • Fall 2019: Services Begin

    Makeup Dates

    Applicants who have a documented illness or a documented family emergency on their regularly scheduled test date must notify the Accelerated Programs office in writing before the testing session begins to be eligible for a makeup exam. Students who miss their regularly scheduled assessment and the makeup date will be withdrawn from the application process for the current school year.

    • The makeup date for the November 17, 2018 CogAT Screening Form is November 28, 2018.
    • The makeup date for the January 12, 2019 Iowa is January 22, 2019.
    • The makeup date for the January 19, 2019 CogAT is January 31, 2019.

    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.

     

    Nomination Process

    Students playing a board game they created.Students are nominated for Highly Capable services by parents, staff or community members by filling out the application form. To nominate your child, parents of students in grades five through seven must apply for their student to be considered for highly capable services for the following school year. To apply, fill out the online application form. Please contact the Accelerated Programs Office at 425-936-1238 if you need:

    • A paper copy of the application
    • An application in a language other than English
    • Assistance uploading documents

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

    Scroll to the top of this page to find the Highly Capable Programs application form.

    Screening Process

    LWSD has revised the screening process beginning September 2018. All applicants will now participate in the CogAT Screening Form as part of the multiple objectives for screening.  Report card grades will no longer be used to screen out a student from consideration.

    Students are screened using the Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA) results from the previous year and the CogAT Screening Form. The typical score range to qualify for further assessment includes:

    • Level 4 in SBA ELA and in SBA Math (or equivalent for private school students and for students who did not attend Washington state schools in 2017-18)
    • Composite SAS 126-160 (95-99 Age Percentile Rank) on the CogAT Screening Form

    Students who qualify for further assessment who scored at the 95th to 98th APR on the CogAT Screening Form will be scheduled to take the FULL CogAT and the Iowa Assessments.  Students who qualify for further assessment who scored at the 99th Age Percentile Rank on the CogAT Screening Form will be scheduled for the Iowa Assessments.

    Assessment Process

    Applicants who meet screening criteria will be assessed using multiple objective criteria.

    Note: Students who have been previously enrolled in Pull-out Quest or K-5HC at the elementary level are required to apply and qualify for the Middle School Quest Program. Students who are finishing 5th grade in the Full-time Quest Program automatically transition into the Middle School Quest Program. All students remain identified as Highly Capable students regardless of program participation.

    Evidence of need for highly capable services is determined by a Multidisciplinary Selection Committee. Members of the committee include, at a minimum, a school psychologist, a teacher and the Director of Accelerated Programs. All decisions are based on the body of evidence to provide a clear picture of each student’s ability and to determine whether the data indicate a need for services beyond the scope of the general education classroom. The body of evidence includes the results of the CogAT and Iowa Assessments, along with the report card and SBA scores from the end of the previous school year. No weights are assigned to data points. Private testing results are not accepted.

    Middle School Quest Identification Criteria

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

    The CogAT provides a measure of a student’s learned reasoning abilities. Subtests are Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.
    • Typical score range of those students identified for services: Two subtest scores between SAS 135-160 (99 Age Percentile Rank) OR CogAT Composite SAS between 135-160 (99 Age Percentile Rank)

    CogAT Standard Age Score Conversion to Percentile Ranks

    Standard Age Score (SAS) is a normalized standard score, with a mean (average) of 100. Standard Age Scores of 89-111 are all within the average range. For example:

    • A student with a SAS of 100 has the rate and level of development of reasoning skills that are typical for his/her age group.
    • A student with a SAS of 125 has a faster rate and higher level of development of reasoning skills than the typical student in his/her age group.
    • A student with a SAS of 132 or above has an exceptional rate and level of development of reasoning skills that are considered to be in the highly capable range for his/her age group.
    Standard Age Score Percentile Rank
    Standard Age Score Percentile Rank
    Standard Age Score Percentile Rank
    100 50
    112 77
    124 93
    101 52
    113 79
    125 94
    102 55
    114 81
    126 95
    103 57
    115 83
    127 95
    104 60
    116 84
    128 96
    105 62
    117 86
    129 97
    106 65
    118 87
    130 97
    107 67
    119 88
    131 97
    108 69
    120 89
    132 98
    109 71
    121 91
    133-134 98
    110 73
    122 92
    135-160 99
    111 75
    123 92


    View information on CogAT and Iowa Assessment Forms and Levels.

    Iowa Assessments

    The Iowa Assessments provide a measure of a student’s achievement across a continuum of rigorous learning standards. LWSD administers the Reading, Vocabulary and Math subtests.
    • Typical score range of those students identified for services: Total Reading score at 99% and Math test score at or above 95% OR Math test score at 99% and Total Reading score at or above 95%
    View information on CogAT and Iowa Assessment Forms and Levels.

    Report Card

    Report cards provide a classroom-based measure of academic performance. Report cards are used alongside other criteria during selection to support identification.
    • Typical score range of those students identified for services:
      • Between a 3.5 and a 4.0 mean in all strands of each of the following: language arts and math (Grades 5 and 6)
      • B+ or higher in language arts and math (Grade 7)

    Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    SBA, Washington state's mandated assessment, provides a measure of a student’s skills and knowledge based on our state learning standards in reading, writing and math.

    Appeals Process

    Highly Capable assessment criteria are applied equitably to all applicants. Appeals for reconsideration of students who have not met the assessment criteria are reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Selection Committee after notification of screening results and after notification of the Multidisciplinary Selection Committee placement decision. Appeals must be submitted to the Accelerated Programs Office in writing within 10 calendar days of notification of results. Appeals must be based upon a specific criteria related to the screening/testing conditions, or to a misapplication or miscalculation of the scores. The decision of the appeal review team is final.

    FAQ

    FAQs

    What is the Quest program?

    Lake Washington School District provides a continuum of services to meet the learning needs of highly capable students residing in our district. Quest offers two elementary program options for highly capable students in second through fifth grade: a one day per week program, which provides additional enrichment through pull-out services, and a self-contained, full-time program, which provides an accelerated curriculum in literacy and math. Quest offers a Middle School option for highly capable students in sixth through eighth grade, which offers accelerated classes in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math. Quest programs serve students who:

    • Demonstrate reasoning ability well above their chronological grade level.
    • Perform well above their chronological grade level in reading and/or math achievement on standardized tests.

    How do I know if my student is a good candidate for the Quest program?

    The Quest program serves some of the most highly capable students in the district. One way to explore if this program would be a good fit for your student is to discuss your student’s academic abilities and performance with his or her teacher(s). Aside from high academic performance, here are some typical intellectual characteristics of highly capable children:

    • Unusually large vocabulary for their age
    • Ability to read earlier than most children
    • Greater comprehension of the subtleties of language
    • Longer attention span, persistence and intense concentration
    • Ability to learn basic skills more quickly and with less practice
    • Wide range of interests
    • Highly developed curiosity and a limitless supply of questions
    • Interest in experimenting and doing things differently
    • Tendency to put ideas together in ways that are unusual and not obvious (divergent thinking)
    • Ability to retain a great deal of information
    • Unusual sense of humor

    When is the application period?

    The application period for the next school year's program is held in the fall of each school year. It is open to students in first through seventh grade applying for the Quest program. Check the Accelerated Programs website for dates.

    Do Pull-out Students need to apply for Full-time Quest and Middle School Quest?

    Students currently in Pull-out Quest will need to apply if they wish to be considered for Full-time Quest. Fifth grade students currently in Pull-out Quest will need to apply if they wish to be considered for Middle School Quest. These applications will not negatively impact their continuing status in the Pull-out program.

    How do I get an application?

    The Quest application is submitted online. If you do not have access to the internet, or need an application in a language other than English, please contact the Accelerated Programs office for an application form.

    Can out-of-district students apply?

    No. Applications are only accepted from students who reside within Lake Washington School District boundaries. To reside in the district means that the student lives at an address within the school district.

    Can we observe Quest classrooms?

    Parents are not allowed to observe Quest classrooms. Visitors can be a distraction to any classroom so it is important to keep visits to a minimum.

    How can I talk with parents of students in the program?

    The Gifted Education Advisory Council (GEAC) is a good source of information about the Quest program, especially from the perspective of parents. GEAC holds monthly general meetings, has parent representatives and maintains a GEAC Facebook page.

    Does LWSD offer Quest in the high schools?

    A goal of the Highly Capable Services Continuum is to provide maximum choice at the high school level to enable students to tailor their program of advanced studies as much as possible based on their post-secondary goals. To that end we offer a variety of rigorous options at the high school level that our highly capable students can participate in including Advanced Placement (AP) course options, Honors Courses, Choice Schools and programs, Running Start and Early College in the High School. Each of our high schools provide accelerated course enrollment options. This approach ensures that students are not required to attend school at a specific location to participate in accelerated learning options.

    Are there any screening requirements for testing?

    Yes. Screening requirements vary by grade level, so read the application materials very carefully. All applicants must meet the screening requirements to be assessed for the Quest program. Visit Washington Administrative Code Chapter 392-170 and Revised Code of Washington Chapter28A.185 for information on Washington state regulations for highly capable services.

    Can my child still take the assessments for Quest without report card grades and standardized test scores?

    For applicants in grades two through seven, report card grades are part of the identification process. For applicants in grades four to seven, standardized test scores are a part of the screening and identification process.  Private school students should submit report cards and scores for the standardized tests administered at their private school. If the school does not give report cards and/or standardized tests, please submit a letter from your child's school on school letterhead stating that the school does not use report cards and/or does not administer any standardized tests.

    Does everyone who completes an application get assessed?

    All students with complete applications will be scheduled to take the CogAT Screening Form. Students who meet the screening criteria will then be scheduled to take the Full CogAT (if needed) and the Iowa Assessments.

    My child is in a private school. What should we do?

    For students in Kindergarten and Grade 1, please upload the following documents when you complete the online application:

    • Proof of Residency – A current energy bill with your current address or a current mortgage statement can be used as proof of your address within our school district. These documents must be for the location where the student resides.
    • Proof of Age – a copy of your child’s passport or birth certificate

    For students in Grades 2 to 3, please upload the following documents when you complete the online application:

    • Proof of Residency – A current energy bill with your current address or a current mortgage statement can be used as proof of your address within our school district. These documents must be for the location where the student resides.
    • Proof of Age – a copy of your child’s passport or birth certificate
    • Report Card from the end of the previous school year

    For students in Grades 4 to 7, please upload the following documents when you complete the online application:

    • Proof of Residency – A current energy bill with your current address or a current mortgage statement can be used as proof of your address within our school district. These documents must be for the location where the student resides.
    • Proof of Age – a copy of your child’s passport or birth certificate
    • Report Card from the end of the previous school year
    • Standardized test results (such as the SBA or other state assessment or the Iowa Assessment) from the previous school year

    NOTES:

    1. If your school does not issue Report Cards, please submit a letter from your school on school letterhead, stating that the school does not issue report cards. If your school does not give any form of standardized testing such as state testing or the IOWA, please submit a letter from your school on school letterhead, stating that the school does not administer any state or standardized testing to your child.
    2. Please make sure you have all of the documents assembled before you begin the application.  If you have any trouble uploading required documents, please contact the Accelerated Programs Office.

    My child is home-schooled. What should I do?

    For students in Kindergarten and Grade 1, please upload the following documents when you complete the online application:

    • Proof of Residency – A current energy bill with your current address or a current mortgage statement can be used as proof of your address within our school district. These documents must be for the location where the student resides.
    • Proof of Age – a copy of your child’s passport or birth certificate

    For students in Grades 2 to 3, please upload the following documents when you complete the online application:

    • Proof of Residency – A current energy bill with your current address or a current mortgage statement can be used as proof of your address within our school district. These documents must be for the location where the student resides.
    • Proof of Age – a copy of your child’s passport or birth certificate
    • Report Card from the end of the previous school year if one exists.  If one does not exist, please submit a letter in lieu of the report card stating that your child is home-schooled and no report card is available.

    For students in Grades 4 to 7, please upload the following documents when you complete the online application:

    • Proof of Residency – A current energy bill with your current address or a current mortgage statement can be used as proof of your address within our school district. These documents must be for the location where the student resides.
    • Proof of Age – a copy of your child’s passport or birth certificate
    • Report Card from the end of the previous school year if one exists.  If one does not exist, please upload a letter in lieu of the report card stating that your child is home-schooled and no report card is available.
    • Standardized test results (such as the SBA or other state assessment or the Iowa Assessment) from the previous school year.  If your child did not participate in any standardized testing, please upload at letter in lieu of the standardized test results stating that your child is home-schooled and did not participate in any standardized testing during the previous school year.

    NOTES:

    1. If your school does not issue Report Cards, please submit a letter from your school on school letterhead, stating that the school does not issue report cards. If your school does not give any form of standardized testing such as state testing or the IOWA, please submit a letter from your school on school letterhead, stating that the school does not administer any state or standardized testing to your child.
    2. Please make sure you have all of the documents assembled before you begin the application.  If you have any trouble uploading required documents, please contact the Accelerated Programs Office.

    My child currently attends a LWSD school but did not attend a LWSD last year. What should I do?

    For kindergarten students, no additional documents are required. 

    For LWSD students in Grade 1, no additional documentation is needed. REMEMBER – LWSD first grade students do not complete the online application in October. Your child will take the district-wide First Grade CogAT Screening Form at his or her school. If your child meets the screening criteria, you will be invited to complete an online application in December. 

    For students in Grades 2 to 3, please upload the following documents when you complete the online application:

    • Report Card from the end of the previous school year

    For students in Grades 4 to 7, please upload the following documents when you complete the online application:

    • Report Card from the end of the previous school year
    • Standardized test results (such as the SBA or other state assessment or the Iowa Assessment) from the previous school year

    NOTES:

    1. If your school does not issue Report Cards, please submit a letter from your school on school letterhead, stating that the school does not issue report cards. If your school does not give any form of standardized testing such as state testing or the IOWA, please submit a letter from your previous school on school letterhead, stating that the school does not administer any state or standardized testing to your child.
    2. Please make sure you have all of the documents assembled before you begin the application.  If you have any trouble uploading required documents, please contact the Accelerated Programs Office.

    When are the assessments for Quest?

    Testing dates for the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the Iowa Assessments are determined and announced before the application window opens.

    How and when will I know if my child meets the screening criteria?

    If your child meets the screening criteria and is scheduled for assessment, you will receive an email with the date, time and place of assessments. Applicants who do not meet the criteria will receive an email notification stating that their child does not qualify for highly capable services.

    What if my child is sick and cannot take the CogAT Screening Form, the full CogAT or Iowa Assessments on the scheduled date?

    Appeals will not be considered for illness. Please email quest@lwsd.org before the test begins if your child is going to miss a scheduled test due to a documented illness. Students who are not feeling well on the date of the original test are given one opportunity to test on the makeup date. Only one makeup date will be scheduled for each test. The district sets the date for that makeup test. Applications for students who miss a regularly scheduled test and the makeup test will be closed.

    What if we have a family emergency and my child cannot take the test on the scheduled date?

    Please email quest@lwsd.org before the test begins if your child is going to miss a scheduled test due to a documented family emergency. Your child will be given one opportunity to test on the makeup date. One makeup date only will be scheduled for each Quest test. The district sets the date for the makeup test. Applications for students who miss a regularly scheduled test and the makeup test will be closed.

    I had my child privately tested. Can I submit these results with the application?

    No. The district does not accept private testing results in place of the Quest identification process. All students must go through the district’s identification process to be eligible for Quest programs.

    Can I appeal the results of the screening or eligibility decisions?

    Highly Capable screening and eligibility assessment criteria are applied equitably to all applicants. Appeals to screening and eligibility determinations will be scheduled and addressed by the Multidisciplinary Selection Committee. Appeals are considered based on specific criteria related to the testing conditions, or to a misapplication or miscalculation of the score. The decision of the appeal review team is final and may not be challenged.

    Transfer Students

    Students who were enrolled in a highly capable or gifted program in their previous school may apply for Middle School Quest when they transfer into LWSD. Transfer students are not automatically enrolled in Highly Capable programs. Highly Capable services are not an entitlement in Washington as they are in some states.

    Transfer application process for students in grades 6 through 8

    • Complete and submit a transfer form
    • Submit report card (for most recent end of semester)
    • Submit proof of participation in a highly capable or gifted program (from school last attended) or submit proof of acceptance into a highly capable or gifted program within the last six months
    • Submit standardized achievement test results with national or international norms
    • Submit standardized ability test results with national or international norms
    • Submit proof of residency within LWSD boundaries
    • Submit state assessment results
    • Meet the Middle School Quest screening and assessment eligibility criteria for admittance into the program
    Notes:
    • Private testing outside of the student’s school district sanctioned testing cannot be used to substitute for district testing
    • Letters of recommendation are not considered in the review
    • Transfer applications must be complete with all documentation submitted

    Notification/placement process for grades 6 through 8 transfer students

    The Accelerated Programs office will notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student’s eligibility status after reviewing the applicant’s file. If the student is not eligible and the student is currently in grade 6 or 7, he/she can apply in the fall.

    Change of Service

    LWSD Highly Capable Programs Change of Service Request

    Parents of students participating in LWSD highly capable services may opt to withdraw from highly capable services at any time by submitting the Change of Service Request to the Accelerated Programs Office. Students will remain identified as highly capable. Students attending a LWSD school may receive differentiated instruction in their LWSD classroom. Students opting out of Full-time Quest may request participation in either Pull-out Quest or K-5HC services. Students opting out of Pull-out Quest may request participation in K-5HC services.

    If parents wish to have their student return to highly capable services, they may submit a Change of Service Request. Students who have been away from highly capable services for less than 12 calendar months may resume the same level of highly capable services. For an absence of longer than 12 calendar months, parents may submit a written request to resume highly capable services and attach report card grades and evidence that the student has participated in accelerated learning; the Multidisciplinary Selection Committee will consider the request.

    Parents of newly identified highly capable students may opt to decline services. Students will remain identified as highly capable. Students attending a LWSD school may receive differentiated instruction in their LWSD classroom. After declining highly capable services, parents who wish to begin previously offered services may complete a Change of Service Request. Students wishing to begin services within 12 calendar months of the original start date will be scheduled for the same level of service. Requests for highly capable services starting more than 12 calendar months after the original start date must be reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Selection Committee; submit a Change of Service Request along with report card data and documentation showing accelerated learning for review.

    NOTES:

    1. Students must reside in LWSD boundaries to participate in LWSD highly capable services.
    2. School assignment and classroom placement are subject to change.
    3. Change of Service Requests (with any supplemental documentation) should be emailed to quest@lwsd.org.

    Please contact the Accelerated Programs Office by email at quest@lwsd.org or by phone at 425-936-1238 for more information.

     

    Contact Accelerated Programs

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

    Accelerated Programs Staff
    Heather Sanchez, Director
    Diane Durant, Supervisor
    Suzanne Hurd, Administrative Secretary
    Britt Galen, Accelerated Programs Psychologist

    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.