Highly Capable Program

Highly Capable Program

The Kalama School District is focused on successfully preparing all students for their future. The Kalama School District Highly Capable Program is designed to meet the academic needs of our students in grades third through fifth who fall in the top 2 percentiles for cognitive aptitude, the top 10 percentiles academically, and who demonstrate exceptional ingenuity.

Mission Statement

In accordance with the philosophy to develop the special abilities of each student, the Kalama School District offers appropriate instructional programs to meet the needs of exceptionally gifted and talented students. Our Highly Capable Program curriculum, instruction and assessment practices are designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Expansion of academic attainments and intellectual skills;
  • Stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence and responsibility;
  • Development of a positive attitude toward self and others; and
  • Development of originality and creativity.           


  1. To provide enriched and accelerated academic opportunities with an emphasis on the development of higher level thinking skills including application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of content and concepts.
  2. To offer an environment where highly capable students are encouraged to reach their full potential.
  3. To prepare students for future contributions to society and to encourage life-long learning.   

Program Design

The Elementary Highly Capable Program is an after school program for grades third through fifth located in the elementary library or in the middle school computer lab. Students meet once a week for one and a half hours working on individual and group tasks.


All nominated third grade through fifth grade students are tested for eligibility. Those who meet the criteria are offered placement into our Highly Capable Program. If a parent feels that their child meets the highly capable program placement requirements, they may contact Todd Paget to set up a conference.

Additional Information

If you have programmatic or eligibility questions you may contact Sheila Stuhlsatz: sheila.stuhlsatz@kalama.k12.wa.us, 360-673-5207. Or Kim Allais: kim.allis@kalama.k12.wa.us


Highly Capable Referral Form

Highly Capable Appeal Process

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