Kindergarten and 1st Grade

    Kindergarten students who are identified as eligible for the Highly Capable Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) begin receiving services in the spring of their Kindergarten year. The kindergarten program will run from April thru June. Students who qualify for PEP services will continue with services through their first grade year. All first grade students will participate in the selection process for further the highly capable programs that serve students in grade 2 and above.

    What is the Primary Enrichment Program (PEP)? Highly Capable services at the kindergarten and first grade levels are provided in the regular classroom at the student’s neighborhood school. Teachers and other professionals provide differentiated instruction by modifying the content, depth, and/or pace of a lesson. Students identified in math will receive small group instruction in differentiated math activities. Students who are determined eligible in ELA will receive literacy enrichment in the regular classroom.  The PEP model allows students to receive Highly Capable services while participating with other students within their neighborhood school community. 

    How long does the Primary Enrichment Program last? PEP services begin during the spring of kindergarten and continue through the end of first grade. Students who receive Highly Capable services through PEP will participate in the selection process again during first grade.

    Grades 2-5

    Students eligible for Highly Capable services in BOTH Math and English Language Arts (including those eligible on a provisional basis) have the following options:

    • Highly Capable magnet program, or
    • Highly Capable program at the neighborhood school, or
    • Decline Highly Capable services


    Students eligible for Highly Capable services in ONE area, either Math or English Language Arts (including those eligible on a provisional basis), have the following options: 

    • Highly Capable program at the neighborhood school, or
    • Decline highly Capable services

    Highly Capable Service in the Magnet School: Shoreline has a self-contained Highly Capable program in Grades 2-5 for students who are identified in BOTH English Language Arts and Math. Instruction in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science is taught using grade-level standards, but at a greater level of depth, complexity, and speed. For 2021-2022, students in grade 2 will receive math enrichment and extension activities. Students in grades 3-5 will work above grade level in Mathematics. 

    Highly Capable Service in Neighborhood Schools: At elementary, services are provided within the regular classroom.  Services may include:

    • Clustering identified students in a classroom to provide a peer group
    • Adjusting pacing, reducing review and repetition, curriculum compacting
    • Enhanced/enriched content or curriculum
    • Differentiation of curriculum and instruction
    • Extending content to include rigorous problems or projects
    • Acceleration to above grade-level standards
    • Walk-to-Math (grades 3-5 only beginning 2021-2022) - Students who qualify in math and are being served in their neighborhood schools work above grade level in Mathematics by walking to another classroom for math instruction.


  • In the middle and high schools, highly capable students have a wide variety of challenging courses open to them. Therefore we do not have specific classes just for these students. The counselors at their schools monitor the progress of the highly capable students on a regular basis paying attention to which classes they are taking and their progress. The goal is to assure that they are taking advantage of the challenging work for which we know they are capable. Students applying for college can indicate on their applications that they participated in a highly capable program. This could help their application to stand out from others.

    Middle School Course Options:

    NEW for 2019-2020!  The Secondary Highly Capable Review Committee which met in 2017-2018 recommended some changes to services in the middle school.  

    Services in English Language Arts:

    Students have the option to participate in a highly capable cohort group.  Students who qualify for ELA services can be placed in a class period of Humanities or English specifically for highly capable students.  When there are not enough students to complete a class, highly capable students will be clustered together in the class period and the class will be filled with other students. The highly capable ELA cohort will:

    • Allow the teacher to customize the grade-level curriculum and standards to better meet the academic needs of gifted students
    • Provide increased access to intellectual peers
    • Provide a supportive environment that meets the social/emotional learning needs of highly capable students

    Services in Math:

    The committee did not recommend any changes to services in math. Students will continue to be placed based on course level.  

    Accepting/Declining Services:

    Students and families can elect to participate in the ELA cohort on the registration form. Students and families may decline highly capable services in ELA and elect not to participate in the cohort class.  Declining services does not mean that a student is no longer identified as highly capable in ELA. Students and families will have the option to accept or decline services during registration each year. For example, if an incoming student declines services and does not elect to participate in the cohort, they can still elect to receive services and join a cohort class the following year.

    Students and families should select the course they feel best meets their student’s academic and social needs. Considerations include: the students interest in and passion for English Language Arts, desire for and comfort level with additional academic challenge, and relationships with social and intellectual peers.  For families of students in the magnet programs, please keep in mind that the cohort classes will include students from the neighborhood schools as well as students who participated in the magnet programs allowing for an expanded peer group.


    High School Course Options:

    Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and University of Washington Credit Courses

    At the high school level, both Shorewood and Shorecrest offer Honors classes in addition to opportunities for students to take Advanced Placement and UW college credit courses in the high school. Shoreline offers the following AP courses: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Economics Micro/Macro, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP French, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History, and AP World History.

    In addition, Shoreline offers UWHS Pre-Calculus / UW Math, UW Japanese 113, and UW Japanese 211. Because they are taught at college levels, these courses are all accelerated and enhanced for students. In addition, since we offer a breadth of courses in multiple departments, this gives students the chance to find challenging courses according to their own unique needs and capabilities.

    High school juniors and seniors are eligible for Running Start at Shorewood & Shorecrest. Running Start students take community college classes tuition free and earn credits at the high school and college simultaneously.