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Highly Capable Programs

Upcoming 2021-22 Calendar Dates

  • June 1:  Appeal Deadline (K-1)
  • June 7:  Appeal Committee Meeting

New to the District Students 2022-23

Applications for highly capable testing will be taken for new to the district students throughout the summer for testing in August prior to the 2022-23 school year.  Please provide copies of current state, Math and Reading assessments, CogAT, and highly capable program placement letters from former schools to [email protected] for your applicant.

Important 2022-23 Information

Qualified/identified students who have been selected for Highly Capable services in 2022-23 are being placed at their regional host school or at one of the host schools with available space.  Please find school supply lists at your host school website. The QUEST and PAGE bus schedules will be posted on the transportation website in mid to late August.  At this time, afternoon bus runs will return students to their feeder schools.  Plan to attend your host school's Back to School event.  Schools will send information to students.

Important 2021-22 Information

Highly Capable services for qualified/identified students who wish to continue distance learning will look different from what was experienced in 2020-21 for this reason:  the state no longer requires school districts to offer distance learning, hence there is no funding for additional staffing to replicate and sustain how the services were offered last year when distance learning was a requirement due to the pandemic.

For families with identified highly capable students that are going to continue to have their children be served in the distance learning model, the option is to be served through our Puyallup Digital Learning (PDL) in one of these tracks:

Track 1 - Closely resembles last year's CL2.0 model, with regular district curriculum at current grade level, not using highly capable curriculum.

Track 2 - Acceleration through Edgenuity curriculum supported by PDL teacher (for specific questions on Edgenuity curriculum, please contact PDL at [email protected] .

Track 4 - Acceleration through Edgenuity curriculum in the areas of Math and English Language Arts (ELA) supported by PDL teacher with parent choosing to teach Science.

Please note that PDL is able to arrange receiving Music education for students.  Please contact PDL.

If you have recently registered your K - 8th grade student in the Puyallup School District for the 2020-21 school year, you may apply for possible placement in the highly capable program.  Please complete the highly capable online application.  The highly capable testing schedule and deadlines are now posted though are subject to change due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

During these unprecedented times, the National Association for Gifted Children has offered ways for supporting your gifted child at all age levels. Please click on:  Supporting Your Gifted Child During COVID-19

The Puyallup School District is committed to providing access to highly capable students from all backgrounds to accelerated learning and enhanced instruction.


Grades K-2: 
Young Scholars (K-2) Program will continue to serve students in each elementary school.

Grades 3-6:
2021-2022: While maintaining eight host schools, the plan includes QUEST configuration with 3rd/4th, 4th/5th, and 5th/6th grade combination classrooms.  If numbers indicate the need, some sites may have separate 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade QUEST classrooms.

QUEST host schools  Feeder schools
Brouillet Carson
Pope Edgerton, Hunt
Woodland Zeiger
Dessie F. Evans  Firgrove
Sunrise Ridgecrest, Wildwood
Shaw Road Karshner, Stewart
Spinning Fruitland, Maplewood, Meeker, Waller Rd
Northwood Mt. View



Providing access to rigorous curriculum and ensuring post-secondary opportunities for each of our students is the primary mission of our district.  We are committed to expanding access to more of our students to the learning that will be required in college. Pre-AP and AP courses are self-elected courses that are under the Highly Capable umbrella of additional classroom rigor. Pre-AP and AP courses are available in grades 9-12 at all secondary schools.

Grades 7-8

As the Highly Capable program continues to create equity within our district, we are growing our Junior High PAGE Program. Students in grades 7 and 8 from across our district will continue to qualify for PAGE.  PAGE curriculum will prepare students for the rigor expected for college preparatory coursework. The PAGE Program will be available for 7th and 8th graders at the three regional sites - Stahl, Ferrucci, and Kalles. 

Grade 9
9th graders have access at each of the regional junior high schools to rigorous Pre-AP and AP courses, many of which were previously only available to 10-12 grade students.  AP Human Geography is available at all junior high schools, bringing rigorous coursework to the 9th grade level. 

Grades 10-12
Our high schools are continuing their work to expand and coordinate the rigor of their offerings, including the AP Capstone Program, an increase in AP course offerings and CWU Cornerstone classes.