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Referral for 1st & 3rd - 12th Grade

September Referral  9/1 - 9/15

Who can be referred?

  • Students enrolling for the first time in the school district.
  • Currently enrolled students for whom more than one year has passed since the time they last tested.

Who cannot be referred?

  • Referrals will not be accepted for students who were tested for the Highly Capable program in the previous school year.
  • Referrals will not be accepted for students already identified as highly capable and being served in either SAGE or MERLIN programs.
  • Referrals for kindergarten students will not be accepted, as these students will be screened in November.
  • Referrals for second grade students will not be accepted as testing for these students will occur mid-year.

When are referrals accepted?

Referrals from individuals will be accepted between September 1 and September 15. 

Who can make a referral?

  • Individuals including parents, members of the community, students, teachers, and other staff may refer a student for consideration for the program.
  • Individuals making the referral must use the District provided online referral portal.  

What is the process?

  • All referred students will be screened by the district Multidisciplinary Selection Committee.  The District’s referral procedure for determining students for possible eligibility for the Highly Capable Program may include screening procedures as allows under statute. 
  • After initial screening, testing for some referred students occurs on two Saturdays in October and/or on the December elementary conference days.

New Student Referral beginning 9/16

  • Students who enroll after the September Referral window closes may be referred for the Highly Capable Program. New student referral form are available  in the neighborhood school office and in the forms section of this webpage. 
  • Referrals for new students must be received within ten (10) school days of enrollment date. 
  • Students enrolling after the Highly Capable Program fall testing window who meet the screening criteria will be assessed prior to the beginning of the next school year.
  • New Student Referral Form

New Student Referral Testing

  • Testing for newly enrolled referred students who have been invited to participate in testing will be June 20-22 at the ISD Administrative Building between 8:30 am  and 4:00 pm. The exact schedule is still being developed. Please hold these dates. 
  • If a student is unable to test at this time, the next opportunity will be October 2022.