For highly capable students in grades kindergarten-two:
The primary Highly Capable Program (HCP) is focused on nurturing highly capable behaviors. An observation protocol based on children’s literature is used in kindergarten to notice students who are beginning to demonstrate characteristics of highly capable learners. A similar protocol will be expanded into first and second grades in subsequent school years. In K-2 classrooms, teachers use assessment information, including observations, to provide differentiated learning and enrichment opportunities within the classroom. Students demonstrating knowledge and skills 1-2 levels beyond grade level will have different options to show their understanding and to engage in more complex learning that fosters “going deeper” into topics. In some cases, students will “walk to reading” and/or “walk to math” to join students from other classes who are working at their level.
For highly capable students in grades three-five:
The intermediate program consists of the cluster grouping model. Highly capable students at each grade level are clustered together within a mixed-ability classroom. This provides the opportunity for students in the Highly Capable Program to be with others who think the same way they do as well as receive instruction that is appropriate to their individual intellectual levels. Strategies to meet the needs of highly capable learners at this level include curriculum compacting, differentiated instruction, and content acceleration. The cluster model enables students to stay in their neighborhood school, fostering connections with peers. In Camas School District, cluster grouping is provided in every elementary school.
In terms of mathematics, during the forecasting process in the spring of the fifth grade year, multiple data points will be used to identify the appropriate 6th grade math placement for each student.
For highly capable students in middle school:
Sixth grade students who qualify for the Highly Capable Program (HCP) will be forecasted for an HCP language arts placement (course or cluster) in the spring of their fifth grade year. Instruction will address the Common Core Standards at an accelerated pace and a deeper level of understanding.
Each sixth grade student will also be placed into a math course that best meets his or her needs based on multiple data points reviewed during the forecasting process in the spring of fifth grade. Sixth and seventh grade students can elect to take a math challenge test at the end of the school year to determine readiness for a more accelerated math course.
Seventh and eighth grade students will continue in their language arts pathway, which includes Pre-AP English in eighth grade.
For highly capable students in high school:
At the high school level, Camas provides over 20 Advanced Placement (college level) courses. These courses are open to enrollment by students who are interested in learning at the level of rigor, breadth and depth AP classes provide. In addition, students are encouraged to take the end-of-course AP tests, which provide opportunities to earn credit or advanced standing at most colleges and universities. The forecasting process for eighth to ninth grade includes information and guidance for students and parents interested in this program, so students are set up for success. Also, to prepare for the 8th grade to 9th grade transition in mathematics, highly capable students who have been working 1-2 grade levels beyond the standard mathematics pathway will be scheduled into the next appropriate course.
Camas High School also offers a Math, Science and Technology (MST) magnet program. All students must go through the application process as this program is not a continuation of the Highly Capable Program. More information about student characteristics, eligibility and the application process can be found on the Camas MST web page at http://schools.camas.wednet.edu/mstmagnet/.
In addition to the HCP program, Camas School District offers many extended learning opportunities for students to explore a broad range of interests, expand their learning, and engage their creativity. Some of these opportunities include:
- Science Olympiad
- Knowledge Bowl
- Mock Trial
- Model UN
- Future Business Leaders of America
- Robotics Club