Highly Capable Learners
FWPS Highly Capable Program
Liz Drake Director of HCP, Advanced Programs, and GEAR UP
HCP Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am – 4pm
Address: Educational Service Center; 33330 8th Ave South, Federal Way, WA 98003
HCP Director: Liz Drake
HCP Secretary: Angie Rabina
Liz took over the role of Highly Capable Program Director at the beginning of August. She has worked in the Federal Way School District for five years, most recently as principal of Thomas Jefferson High School. Her goal is to work with all key stakeholders in Federal Way to further develop and refine the Highly Capable Program K-12 in the Federal Way School District.
Her priorities are to create seamless communication between our state, district, schools, and families so that everyone is aware of the services and processes that exist throughout the Federal Way School District. Liz is forming an Advisory Committee with parents, teachers, principals, and district administration. Key topics such as assessment, teaching strategies, and devising effective ways of monitoring student success will be topics of discussion.
Liz has visited every elementary school seeing first-hand Highly Capable classrooms and gaining an understanding of the strategies used and the learning taking place. She is also visiting secondary schools to gain an understanding of the advanced programs available for identified Highly Capable students.
We believe in fostering the potential of students to achieve deeper understanding of how to leverage their intellectual strength.
HCP is a purposeful intervention to address the unique academic and social needs of highly capable students to maximize their individual potential.
We will use a culturally responsive approach, ensuring that the ethnic and economic diversity of our population is reflected in our HCP population.
Read about HCP Instructional Strategies
View the HCP Annual Program Plan (School Board Presentation)
The FWPS Highly Capable Program is transitioning into a K-12 service model. The Director of the HCP Program is Liz Drake. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about individual school programs should be addressed to the school principal or the HCP teacher at that school.
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 have opportunities to participate in Advanced Placement classes, International Baccalaureate courses, and the Cambridge Preparatory program.