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Highly Capable Learners

Identification, Selection, and Placement for 2014-2015

Nominations are now closed.
*We apologize for the delay in HCP notifications.  Please know that we are working on the issues.  Please contact Diana Graddon via email if you need immediate assistance.*


If you would like to appeal your student’s qualification status, please submit the 2014 HCP Appeal-Review Request.

HCP Nomination Forms - Parents, school staff, and community members were invited to nominate students for the Highly Capable Program.  Nominations are now closed.   Please contact Diana Graddon if you have any questions about this year’s process.

If your student is currently in 5th – 11th grade, more information will be coming soon about HCP services.

If your student will be in Kindergarten next year, the HCP selection process will take place in the fall.

New-to-District and Home-Schooled Students:  Parents and guardians interested in the FWPS Highly Capable Program for students new to the district or currently home-schooled should contact Diana Graddon to complete the nomination form.

FWPS Highly Capable Program

HCP Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am – 4pm

Contact Information:
Educational Service Center
33330 8th Ave South, Federal Way, WA 98003

HCP Director: Judy Lemmel

HCP Secretary: Angie Rabina


Federal Way Public Schools believes that students who show the attributes of highly capable learners need a learning environment that provides acceleration, rigor, and differentiation. The district concurs with the rich research regarding the multitudes of children of poverty and cultural diversity who have been or can be unidentified as potentially gifted learners.

The FWPS Highly Capable Program is transitioning into a K-12 service model.  A self-contained Highly Capable Program (HCP) class is offered in each elementary school in FWPS.  The Director of the HCP Program is Judy Lemmel. You can contact her at Questions about individual school programs should be addressed to the school principal or the HCP teacher at that school.

The HCP provides creative and cognitive enrichment in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and the arts. Students are encouraged to engage in curriculum that enhances their abilities and interests. In order for this to be effective, teachers need to know students well. Therefore, the district provides a multi-age program model that includes self-contained classes for grades 2-3, 4-5 and 3-4-5.

The HCP classroom focuses on the development of higher-level thinking skills for students. Cognitive skills taught include:  finding evidence, cause and effect, goal setting, main idea, classifying, predicting, inferring, comparing and contrasting, sequencing, summarizing, detecting bias, determining importance, fact and opinion, finding patterns, observing, problem solving, multiple points of view, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Highly Capable Program Brochure

Highly Capable Program Policy 2190P

Read about HCP Instructional Strategies

Opportunities in Secondary School

For more information regarding Advanced Programs, please contact Diana Graddon.

The Highly Capable Program includes services for identified students K-12. FWPS provides academic challenges through a variety of advanced secondary programs that are available in both middle and high schools. Students who completed the elementary Highly Capable Program have opportunities to participate in Advanced Placement classes, International Baccalaureate courses, and the Cambridge Preparatory program.

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