Welcome to the Highly Capable Student Services Program!

Vision Statement:
Highly Capable students will develop their intellectual and creative talents while engaging in authentic tasks, investigating meaningful topics, and inspiring positive change.

Mission Statement:
To find and nurture talent in students by providing and supporting opportunities for them to pursue their interests and learn content at an appropriate pace and level of complexity while working with students of similar abilities. 

About Highly Capable Student Services:
Our program offers a variety of enriching experiences, such as:

  • Advanced coursework: Deeper dives into subjects with accelerated content and project-based learning.

  • Enrichment activities: Exploration of diverse topics beyond the regular curriculum.

  • Differentiation: Tailored instruction to meet individual needs and learning styles.

  • Collaboration: Opportunities to work with highly capable peers at similar academic levels.

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students Enrolled in First and Fifth Grade,

The Marysville School District seeks to identify students who demonstrate exceptional potential and may benefit from the district’s Highly Capable Student Services (HCSS) program. 

The HCSS program provides differentiated learning experiences to challenge and engage students with advanced academic abilities, creativity, and task commitment. With recent changes in the state law on providing services for students who may be eligible for a Highly Capable Program, the district is required to universally assess all students in first and fifth grade. Universal assessment means screening a child’s current assessment results to determine their eligibility to pre-qualify for the program. This process will occur over the next several weeks. If your child pre-qualifies, you will receive a follow-up notification outlining the next steps, which includes further assessment of individual students.

Students referred to be considered for the HCSS program earlier this year, either by a teacher or a parent, will be screened using the same process outlined above. Questions may be emailed to brandon_moeller@msd25.org.

Brandon L. Moeller
Director, Categorical Programs

Highly Capable Student Services


Brandon Moeller
Director, Categorical Programs
(360) 965-0053

Michele Cooper
Categorical Programs Support
(360) 965-0050