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    Advanced Learning Referral Window Now Open
    Posted on 09/10/2020

    Advanced Learning Referral Window Now Open

    The annual Advanced Learning referral window is now open through December 7, 2020. All currently registered Seattle Public Schools students in Kindergarten through 8th grade can now be referred for consideration, to determine if they are eligible to receive Advanced Learning or Highly Capable services.

    The department recognizes that students who may benefit from these Advanced Learning services demonstrate their potential in many ways, and we must identify students using culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse indicators. We also recognize and consider neurodiversity and disability when identifying students for Advanced Learning services.

    Families may identify potential in their students to benefit from Highly Capable or Advanced Learning services if they demonstrate some of the following characteristics (please note that this is not a comprehensive list):

    • Has an expanded vocabulary (in their home or learned language)
    • Has long-term recall of information
    • Has interest in how things work
    • Has the ability to see relationships and make connections
    • Has a wide range of interests
    • Has a tendency to lose awareness of time/intense concentration
    • Becomes easily impatient with drill and routine procedures
    • May tend to dominate peers or situations
    • Has unusual, often highly developed sense of humor
    • May sometimes be anxious to complete tasks
    • Adapts readily to new situations
    • Displays a richness in imagery and informal language

    If a family believes their student may be eligible for services, they can submit a referral with or without a teacher recommendation. The referral form can be submitted online using the Source for English-speaking families. If you need help with logging in or accessing the Source, please email

    For families whose home language is not English, they may go to the Source and will be re-directed to one of seven different language pages. EL families may also reach out to their school for assistance, or to request a translated referral form. Multilingual families can also work with a bilingual staff member to have a referral form filled out on their behalf and submitted to the Advanced Learning department.

    Once a student has been referred, follow-up instructions and next steps will be provided by the department. The department accepts referrals, gathers evidence, and offers testing all throughout the fall and winter for eligibility decisions, and families are notified of decisions before open enrollment closes in the spring.

    If a teacher or staff member would like to submit a recommendation that a student they support be referred, they can fill out a skills survey on PowerTeacher or reach out directly to the department.

    If families have questions about the referral process, they can contact Advanced Learning at 206-252-0130 or

    Read more about submitting referral for Seattle Public School students.

    You can read more commonly-asked questions about Advanced Learning on the department website.