Highly Capable

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) offers two different highly capable programs for students in grades two through five. The Full-time program places students in a Quest classroom full-time, five days a week, while the enrichment pull-out program enables students to attend a Quest pull-out classroom one day a week.

Part-time Quest - Currently, Dickinson Elementary is the site for the pull-out program for Ben Rush students. The enrichment pull-out program is designed to meet the needs of students who have exceptional ability by enriching their elementary curriculum. Students attend their home school four days a week and the enrichment pull-out classroom one day a week. The curriculum in the enrichment pull-out program includes integrated social studies and science themes. Students apply literacy and math with emphasis on higher level thinking skills. Long-term projects are part of the enrichment pull-out program.

Full-time Quest - Currently, Redmond Elementary is the site for the full-time program for Ben Rush students. The Full-time Quest program provides our most highly capable students the opportunity to engage in rigorous, challenging, integrated, and enriched curriculum with their academic peers. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who have been identified as having exceptional cognitive and academic ability by accelerating and enriching the district curriculum. Students are enrolled in a self-contained classroom all day, five days a week. Full-time Quest classes are multi-aged with a 2nd/3rd grade or 4th/5th grade grouping of students. The learning pace is faster than in the regular education program; students are expected to perform work that exceeds grade level standards by at least one grade level.

For more information on how your child can qualify for these programs, visit Accelerated Programs.