Highly Capable Program Growth Plan

Highly Capable Program Growth Plan

The Puyallup School District is committed to providing access to highly capable students from all backgrounds to accelerated learning and enhanced instruction. The construction of new elementary classrooms in the Puyallup School District, including Dessie F. Evans Elementary School, and the examination of district boundaries by the community boundary committee present a unique opportunity to expand access to the Highly Capable Program.

Changes to highly capable services at the elementary level

Grades 3-6 

2019-2020: Increased district enrollment and a commitment to provide access to highly capable services for those students who need advanced learning opportunities has prompted the district to create a plan for QUEST expansion.  While maintaining eight host schools, the plan includes relocating some QUEST host schools to accommodate the need for additional classrooms. We will serve grades 3 -6 in single or combination grades classes.

QUEST Host School:

Feeder Schools:




Edgerton, Hunt



Dessie F. Evans



Ridgecrest, Wildwood

Shaw Road



Mt. View, Northwood, Stewart


Fruitland, Maplewood, Meeker, Waller Road

Grades K-2

Young Scholars (K-2) Program will continue to serve students in each elementary school.

Changes coming to highly capable services at the secondary level

Providing access to rigorous curriculum and ensuring post-secondary opportunities for each of our students is THE primary mission of our district.  We are committed to expanding access to more of our students to the learning that will be required in college. Honors, Pre-AP and AP courses are self-elected courses that are under the Highly Capable umbrella of additional classroom rigor.  All of these courses are currently available at all junior high schools.

Grades 7-8

As the Highly Capable program continues to create equity within our district, we are growing our Junior High PAGE Program. Students in grades 7 and 8 from across our district will continue to qualify for PAGE (Highly Capable).  PAGE curriculum will prepare students for the rigor expected for college preparatory coursework. 

2019-2020:  The PAGE Program will be available for 7th graders at three regional sites - Ferrucci (R1), Stahl (R2), and Kalles (R3).  (PAGE for 8th graders in the district will continue at Kalles.)

2020-2021: The PAGE Program will be available for 7th and 8th graders at the three regional sites - Ferrucci (R1), Stahl (R2), and Kalles (R3). 

Grade 9

Our freshmen (9th graders) will have access at each of the regional junior high schools to rigorous Pre-AP and AP courses, many of which were previously only available to 10-12 grade students.  In fact, the work to bring rigorous coursework to the 9th grade level has already begun (AP Human Geography). 

Grades 10-12

Our high schools are continuing their work to expand and coordinate the rigor of their offerings, including the AP Capstone Program, an increase in AP course offerings and CWU Cornerstone classes.