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    General Dates and Timeline

    Dates for the Advanced Learning Eligibility Referral and Decision Process. Please see the calendar above for current and upcoming dates.

    Early Entrance to Kindergarten ​

    • Application deadline is in April

    Students who are not currently enrolled in Seattle Public Schools

    • Referrals accepted in summer from June - August

    Kindergarten - 8th Grade Students

    • Student Referral  May 15 - September 23, 2019
    • Student Screening and Testing September – December
    • Eligibility Decisions and Parent Notifications December – January
      Appeals must be made within three (3) weeks of receipt of Eligibility Notification.
      Notifications completed in January

    High School Students (9th - 12th)

    • Referral Deadline is in March

    Washington state law requires that there be an annual opportunity for students in grades K-12 to be referred for Highly Capable eligibility. A few students in grades 9-12 choose to apply each year. There are limited advantages to having HC status in high school, such as:

    • Preference in accessing AP classes in high school when space is available
    • Access to counseling support
    • Including HC eligibility in letters of application to college

    Students who become HC in grades 9-12 do not have preferential access to high schools other than their attendance area school.

    Referral and Testing Process Changes

    • The referral window is from May 15 - September 23, 2019
    • Parents will be able to schedule their child’s testing appointment online
    • Teachers in the spring were able to recommend students for referral