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Highly Capable

Welcome to Bethel School District's Highly Capable Program!

What does highly capable mean?
Being highly capable means having extraordinary ability or potential in intellect, academic aptitude or creative thinking.  Characteristics may include:
  • advanced vocabulary
  • curiosity (asks endless questions)
  • sophisticated sense of humor
  • experiments with ideas
  • advanced creativity
  • perfectionist

Use the index on the right to view program and selection/referral information as well as resources for parents, students, and teachers.  Updates to the referral and selection process will be posted on this home page throughout the year.

Highly Capable Referrals - Due January 31, 2024

Anyone (parents, teachers, community, etc.) can refer a student to be tested for potential qualification for next year's highly capable programs.  Students from Kindergarten - 7th grade can be referred.   Referred students will be tested in the school building in February and March.  Results will be sent home through postal mail to families by the end of the school year. Click the button below to complete the referral form online or get assistance with the referral from the school main office.

highly capable referral form

Endeavour Application

The Endeavour application will be open for all current 2nd-4th grade Challenge students starting on March 15. Second grade students who qualify new to Challenge this spring will also be invited to apply with their Challenge acceptance letter.  Application will be due for both groups on April 30, 2024.

Endeavour Application


Appeals are considered annually for students who did not meet the criteria for placement. The outcomes of an appeal include: maintaining the placement decision, changing the placement decision, or allowing the student to retest in late summer/early fall. In order to appeal the placement team decision for your child, you must submit an appeal form to the BSD Assessment Office by May 25. Use the Appeal Form link below:

Appeal Form

New to Bethel School District?

Students who transfer to Bethel School District and have qualified in that district's highly capable program are not automatically enrolled. Test scores and placement letters from the prior district may be used as long as they meet our criteria. Please contact Judy Armijo at 253.800.2090 for further information.

The mission of the Bethel School District Highly Capable program is to provide a safe educational environment that enables students to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values to realize their maximum potential.


Brian LofferDirector of Assessment & Highly Capable Programs

253.800.2091 (phone) | 253.800.2099 (fax)

Judy ArmijoSecretary

253.800.2090 (phone) | 253.800.2099 (fax)