Advanced Learning


The Advanced Learning department is planning to make several changes to protocols and services over the next few years, in alignment with the revised Board Policy 2190

This year’s changes include:

  • All K-8 students will be automatically considered for Highly Capable or Advanced Learning eligibility this year. 
  • Family referrals are no longer necessary, but all families will be given an opportunity to complete a survey to provide information about the cultural strengths of their child. 
  • The Cultural Strengths Survey is still in process and has not been distributed to families yet. Any and all updates will be shared very soon.

If you have specific questions about your student’s services, please contact your school or

Private, Charter, Homeschool, and Transfer Students

A new-to-Seattle family has options regarding transferring into SPS and accessing Advanced Learning services. (This includes students registered for the 2021-22 school year coming from private schools).

Option 1

If your student is transferring from another public school Highly Capable or gifted program, you may submit documentation for evaluation.  The Multidisciplinary Selection Committee (MSC) will review the documentation and make a determination regarding eligibility for Advanced Learning or Highly Capable services.

Documentation should consist of:

  • Proof of enrollment in a Public School Highly Capable or Gifted program
  • The results of testing used to place the student in the program
  • Most current achievement (math and reading) scores

Option 2

If your student is registering as a new SPS student for the 2021-22 school year, but have not participated in a public school Highly Capable or gifted program.

  • Your student will be included in the 2021-22 eligibility process through SPS in October and finalized in late winter.
  • Watch website for updates on the 2021-22 Identification/Eligibility process during this school year.



Independent Psychological evaluations are no longer allowable for appeal decisions. 

Parents and guardians of students who participate in the eligibility evaluation process may choose to appeal the decision. Read more about the appeals process.