Hi-Cap Information

By Washington State law, students identified for Highly Capable Program services are those who “perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain.”



 Highly Capable Kid


Pioneer School District is currently accepting student nominations for 2020 Winter Highly Capable testing. Students may be nominated for testing by parents, teachers or others familiar with the student. Nominations will be accepted until 3:00 pm on November 30th, 2020.

Students who are nominated will participate in the online Cognitive Abilities Universal Screener December 7th-18th. 

Due to the 2019-2020 COVID-19 closure, all 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th grade students and those new to the district will participate in the universal screening process this year.  Students who perform well on the screener will have the opportunity to participate in the full test, with parent permission.  

Parent/guardian and teacher nomination forms are available in your Skyward Family Access account. If you are not a parent/guardian or teacher and would like to nominate a student, please fill out the form in person at the child’s school.
List of Events by Month:
November - Nomination forms due no later than November 30th by 3:00 pm. December - All 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th-grade students, nominated students, and student new to the Pioneer School District will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Universal Screener • January - Parents/guardians of students who did well on the screener will be notified and sent a permission form for further testing. Online testing takes place • February/March - Data collection and evaluation of online tests

April- Final selections and notifications will be sent via mail to parents/guardians.

The form for nominating a student for High Capable services will be available through Family Access. Below are the steps for completing the form. If you experience difficulties accessing or completing the form please call your child's school.

Logging in to Family Access

Open your web browser to https://psd402.org/ and click For Parents. In the drop down menu, select Skyward Family Access.

When logging in for the first time, use the Login ID provided to you by your student’s school and click “Forgot your Login/Password” to create a new password. If you need your Skyward Family Access account information, please contact your child’s school. Please note that if you wish to use the Skyward Mobile app from your smartphone, you will need to select the Desktop account upon login.

Completing the Nomination Form

  1. Click the tab Online Forms.
  2. Click Fill Out Form next to “Highly Capable Nomination Form” next to the name of the student you want to complete the form for.
  3. For easier viewing and navigation, click View Full Screen.
  4. Fill out all areas of the re-nomination as completely as possible. When you have finished, click Complete Step 1 or Next Step at the top center of the screen. Note: If you have exited full-screen mode, the button will be at the bottom center of the screen
  5.  Click Submit Highly Capable Nomination Form to send your nomination in for review.
  6. A message will appear notifying you that the referral has been successfully completed and submitted to the district. You will also receive an email confirmation of your submission.
Directions for filling out the form in PDF format
Directions for filling out the form in Word format

WAC 392-170-045

The Pioneer School District is an Equal Opportunity district in education programs, activities, services, and employment. Pioneer School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, age, families with children, honorably discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. We provide equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. We also comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Older Worker Protection Act,  and all other state, federal, and local equal opportunity laws. If you have a physical or mental disability that causes you to need assistance to access school facilities, programs, or services, please notify the school principal. This district endeavors to maintain an atmosphere free from discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX and Compliance Officer, Liz Winchell by phone at 360-426-9115, or email at lwinchell@psd402.org or the Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Terry by phone at 360-426-9115 or email at sterry@psd402.org. The mailing address is 112 E. Spencer Lake Road, Shelton, WA 98584.