Program for Highly Capable Students

Chariho K-8 Highly Capable Program

Highly capable students are often able to perform at remarkably elevated levels. However, for some highly capable students, there is lack of alignment between school performance and ability. All of these students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual, creative, and/or academic areas. The needs of many highly capable students can be met in the regular classroom. Yet, a differentiated program of instruction that occurs out of the regular classroom is required to meet the unique needs of some of these students. The curriculum will be compacted in at least one of their core content classes. Curriculum Compacting is an instructional technique that is designed to make appropriate curricular adjustments. It is the goal of the Chariho K-8 Highly Capable Program to challenge all highly capable students to perform at high levels.

The Chariho K-8 Highly Capable Program provides two distinct avenues of out-of-the classroom differentiated instruction. At the kindergarten through six grade levels, students engage in individual or group, research-based learning. Students must commit to rigorous and long-term guided research that aligns with their grade level curriculum. Students will be able to choose a topic of high interest to them and go deeper into it and become an expert on that topic. At the seventh and eighth grade levels, students may enroll in a Virtual High School (VHS) online course or participate in a group-based, curriculum-embedded research project. These courses offer challenging content generally encountered at the high school level. VHS courses may be utilized by selected students to enrich and extend the curriculum. Student selection will be through a well-defined and standardized process. Students will have the regular curriculum compacted to facilitate participation. Promotion points may be earned through in-school online learning; points will count toward the total required for promotion. Online learning may allow for acceleration in the regular program. Prior to the first in-school online class session, students must indicate in writing whether or not they wish to receive a numerical grade or a "pass/fail" grade; no subsequent changes will be allowed. Failure to notify the site administrator will result in the issuance of a "pass/fail" grade.

At all grade levels, the Chariho K-8 Highly Capable Program seeks to identify students who:

  • Have high intellectual, academic and creative thinking capability,
  • Require out-of-the-classroom differentiated instruction,
  • Need an intellectual peer group for inspired learning.

Students will be selected for the Chariho K-8 Highly Capable Program based upon the following criteria:

  • Parent referral,
  • Teacher referral,
  • Academic performance,
  • State assessment performance,
  • Student essay and interest,
  • Need for an out-of-the-classroom differentiated program.

Click here for a Parent Referral Packet

Click here for an overview of selection criteria Please contact the principal of your child's school if you have any questions.

Mr. Jeffrey Scanapieco
Ashaway School 377-2211

Mrs. Jennifer Poore
Charlestown School 364-7716

Mr. Giuseppe Gencarelli
Hope Valley School 539-2321

Mrs. Sharon Martin
Richmond School 539-2441

Mrs. Mary Beth Florenz
Chariho Middle School 364-0651