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OSD accepting HiCap Program Referrals for 2022-23 school year through Jan. 28

Orting School District (OSD) is accepting referrals for its Highly Capable (HiCap) Program for the 2022-23 school year through Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. 

The 2022-23 HiCap Program will be for current students between grades K-11 who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. 

The program's referral form lists several characteristics commonly linked to children who are defined as highly capable, such as:

  • Imaginative, creative, innovative, inventor, artist
  • Has one or more well-developed special talents or hobbies
  • Perfectionist at times
  • Self-confident
  • Advanced sense of humor

After having the referral submitted, with parental permission, students will take a cognitive abilities test at school during the day, which could take up to three hours. A multi-disciplinary team will review the test results and other data points to identify the most highly capable children for the program.

All current second and fifth grade students will take a screener to identify who should take the cognitive abilities test. If the student passes the screener, the school will contact the family for permission to take the full cognitive abilities test.

OSD Families who wish to refer their child for the 2022-23 HiCap Program will need to submit the referral form to their child's home school or OSD Assessment Coordinator, Jody Leonard, at, by Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. 

For more information on the OSD HiCap Program, including 2021-22 Program Plan, click here