Services and Programs

Advanced Learning Programs and Services

Advanced Learning programs provide complex and accelerated curricula for academically advanced students.

Advanced learners come from all cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds, and have diverse abilities and achievement profiles.

They typically need differentiated programs and services provided in an environment that encourages and nurtures inquiry, flexibility, and critical and creative thinking.

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Highly Capable Services

Grades served: K-12
Eligibility testing: Required

Significantly accelerated curriculum in reading, math, science, and social studies based on student need. Students are district-identified as highly capable and are eligible to be served in self-contained programs at the elementary and middle school levels.

Advanced Learning Program Sites for Highly Capable Students

  • Eighth grade highly capable students enrolled at Hamilton, Washington, Madison or Jane Addams middle schools are currently automatically assigned to Garfield High School.
  • Highly capable eighth grade students enrolled at any school may apply (assignment subject to seat availability) for the Accelerated IB program at Ingraham (IBX).
  • Other eighth grade students may test for entry into the Accelerated International Baccalaureate Program program at Ingraham but there is no eighth grade testing for entry into Garfield.

Advanced Learners/Spectrum

Grades served: 1-8
Eligibility testing: Required

Enhanced, enriched and/or accelerated curriculum in reading or mathematics.

Flexible grouping opportunities to better serve individual student needs. Students are district identified and are served in classrooms at the elementary and middle school levels.


Advanced Placement

Grades served: High school
Eligibility testing: Not required

Rigorous high school curriculum administered by the College Board that can lead to college credit. Classes are available to all interested students.

Advanced Placement Curriculum Sites

  • Offered at all comprehensive high schools except Chief Sealth and Rainier Beach.

International Baccalaureate

Grades served: High school
Eligibility testing: Not required

Rigorous high school curriculum based on an internationally developed and reviewed curricular program that can lead to college credit.

International Baccalaureate Curriculum Sites

  • Offered at Ingraham, Chief Sealth, and Rainier Beach high schools.

Accelerated International Baccalaureate Program (IBX) at Ingraham

Grades served: High school
Eligibility testing: Required for non-highly capable eighth graders

An accelerated IB program (which is an option only) that leads to the completion of the IB Diploma in grade 11 allowing seniors to explore their academic interests by participating internships, college classes, and further electives.

Accelerated International Baccalaureate Program Curriculum Site

  • Offered at Ingraham High School. (Based on seat availability)
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