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Advanced Programs

As the district has grown, so have our efforts to meet the needs of highly capable students at all levels.
The Camas School District offers unique programs for highly capable students in grades three through eight as well as advanced placement classes at the secondary level. Menu items to the left contain brief descriptions of these programs by level.

Program Goals

  • To identify students who have high intellectual, academic and creative thinking ability
  • To provide differentiated instruction appropriate to the needs of highly capable students
  • To provide an intellectual peer group for participating students
  • To provide teacher training to maximize teacher effectiveness
  • To provide a quality program for eligible students at their neighborhood school

Highly Capable Elementary Gifted Cluster

The highly capable gifted cluster is a classroom consisting of a cluster of gifted students within a regular, grade-level heterogeneous classroom. This program is offered in grades 3-5 in all Camas elementary schools. The classroom is designed to accommodate varied levels of a gifted child’s academic needs.

Clustering provides students with opportunities to accelerate learning in their gifted areas. It also enables students to work at their own grade level in other subjects as needed. Gifted students experience working with age peers and ability peers as well as mixed ability groups that model their real-world experiences.

Nomination window for 2014-15 placement: March 17-21, 2014

Parent Notification (PDF)

Parent Permission to Test form and Checklist (Word)

Parent Permission to Test form and Checklist (PDF)


Middle School Pre-AP

Over the past decade, the number of Advanced Placement courses at Camas High School as well as the numbers of students enrolled in these classes has increased dramatically. The Camas School District has moved in this direction knowing that all students can perform at rigorous academic levels.

A second important premise is the belief that we can prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible. Addressed effectively, the middle and high school years can provide a powerful opportunity to help all students acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in a higher level of learning. Camas teachers and administrators have attempted to design Pre-AP courses—focusing primarily on English and social studies content—that provide our students with these advanced skills and practice to prepare them for success at the high school level.

Advanced Math

It is a goal of the Camas School District to provide a rigorous and motivational mathematics curriculum for all students. Students in grades 6-8 may also qualify for advanced math sections which cover more content at a faster pace. Many of these students will complete algebra in the 8th grade—acquiring high school credit at the same time. Placement in mathematics courses is determined by a variety of factors including performance on criterion referenced tests, teacher recommendation, and standardized state achievement test scores.

Placement information for the new school year is posted in early spring. 


Advanced Placement

Advanced placement (AP) is a program that offers students on opportunity to take one or more college-level courses while still in high school. AP exams allow students to earn college credit before graduation from high school.

AP touches on a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school. Each course is a unique learning experience in which students explore subjects from a variety of perspectives.

Course descriptions, released exams, grade reporting and a host of additional information can be found at collegeboard.com.

Every effort is made to ensure that all employment decisions are administered in accordance with the principles of equal opportunity. The Camas School District #117 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Rita Pakenen, Rita.Pakenen@camas.wednet.edu, Title IX and Compliance Coordinator; and Dana Lighty, Dana.Lighty@camas.wednet.edu. Both may be contacted at 360-335-3000 or 841 NE 22nd Avenue, Camas, WA 98607.
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