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Transfer and Summer Eligibility Process

Advanced Learning Transfer and Summer Eligibility process Spring 2023

A new-to-Seattle family has options regarding transferring into Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and accessing Advanced Learning services.

If your student is registering for the first time at SPS for the 2023-24 school year, but has not participated in a public school Highly Capable (HC) or gifted program, they can participate in the SPS Summer Eligibility Process.

SPS no longer uses outside cognitive testing to determine eligibility, unless present in a student’s IEP. Instead, eligibility decisions are based on the Multi-Disciplinary Selection Committee’s (MSC) review of multiple kinds of evidence or data. The MSC staff from multiple SPS departments, including educators and building leaders.

If your student is transferring from another public school HC or gifted program, please submit documentation for evaluation. Students must first be enrolled with the district for the 2022-23 school year.

The MSC will review the documentation and make a determination regarding eligibility for AL or HC services.

Documentation should consist of:

Send supporting documentation to advlearn@seattleschools.org.

If your student is registering for the first time at SPS  for the 2023-24 school year, or will enter SPS after January 2023, but has not participated in a public school HC or gifted program, they can participate in the summer evaluation.  

Dates for the 2023-24 summer eligibility process will be posted on the Advanced Learning web page in early Spring 2023. The 2022-23 summer eligibility process closed June 2022.

Families can expect predictability from year to year and anticipate the need for submission of: 

  • Most current achievement (math and reading) scores   
  • Standardized test scores from the 2022-23 school year 
  • Grades
  • Most recent performance data (documents to support need for services)   

School Choice and Summer Eligibilities

More information about School Choice form submissions will be provided before Open Enrollment closure.