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    Advanced Learning Referral Window Open May 15 - Sept. 22, 2017
    Posted on 05/12/2017

    Advanced Learning Referral Window Open May 15 - Sept. 22, 2017

    Seattle Public Schools provides opportunities for academically advanced students to qualify for Advanced Learning programs and Highly Capable services.

    Advanced Learning referrals for the 2018-19 school year of students currently in kindergarten through 7 grade will be accepted online beginning Monday, May 15. Parents will select testing date, time, and location.

    Paper forms in nine languages will be available online and at schools.

    Eligibility testing for the 2018-19 school year begins in September 2017.

    Applications for students in grades 9 through 12 will be available in January 2018.

    Complete information and referral forms can be found on our Advanced Learning webpage.

    You may want to refer your child if you have noticed these characteristics.

    Verbal skills

    • Has an advanced vocabulary for his/her age
    • Seems to continuously talk and ask questions

    Thinking skills

    • Is imaginative; has lots of ideas
    • Can come up with many interesting solutions to problems

    Learning behaviors

    • Understands information quickly; remembers what has been learned
    • Wants to work on more difficult things; may not finish regular assignments because wants to spend time doing projects he/she thinks are more interesting


    • Is very interested in certain topics/projects and wants to work on them all the time
    • Does not want or need a lot of direction for completing a task; likes to figure it out on his/her own

    Social-emotional Development

    • Is sensitive to the feelings of others and is concerned with fairness
    • May be a perfectionist and/or become frustrated with mistakes
    • May prefer to interact with students who are older and/or adults


    • Is a very strong reader, reading above grade level and/or reading at an early age

    Math skills

    • Is very interested in math, works above grade level in math and/or shows an interest in numbers at an early age

    If most of these characteristics apply, you may want to consider referring your child for Advanced Learning opportunities. Eligibility criteria and instructions are available beginning May 15, 2017