Highly Capable (Gifted)

Services for Highly Capable CKHS Students

The Mentor Program at Central Kitsap School District operates at the building level. Each middle and high School has a staff member responsible for implementing a building plan for its highly capable learners.

 At CKHS, the Building Highly Capable Services Coordinator works to:

  • become familiar with identified gifted students
  • communicate with parents
  • coordinate student enrichment opportunities

The essence of the position is to be an advocate for the highly capable child. The coordinator works with the highly capable student, teachers, and parents (or guardians) to make the school experience relevant and meaningful for a child who needs learning at a faster pace and more complex level.

Curricular Options

  • "Clustering" at Central Kitsap High School is by student self-selection. Students choose to take courses which challenge them at their ability and interest level.
  • Central Kitsap High School also offers qualifying sophomores, some of whom are identified as gifted and/or highly capable, to enter into the "Achieve" program.
  • Courses include Honors, Advanced and Advanced Placement (AP) (grades 10/11/12).

Co-Curricular Options

  • Distinguished Scholar
  • Distinguished Reader
  • National Honor Society
  • National Spanish Honor Society
  • Sophomore Honors Classes
  • AP Classes (Grades 10-12)
  • Upper Class Advanced Classes – Various Subjects
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • American High School Math Exam (AMA)
  • Academic Lettering Program
  • Academic Recognition Assembly
  • Drama
  • Debate
  • Robotics
  • Foreign Language Clubs

CKSD Highly Capable Resources

Additional Resources for Highly Capable Education

Highly Capable Services Coordinator

Paul Birkenfeld
E-Mail
360-662-2509

Contact Hours

M - F  7:00 - 7:45 AM
Room 324

M - W 2:45 - 5:00 PM
CKHS Library

By Appointment Other Times

Katherine Devnich
E-Mail
360-662-2528

M - F  7:00 - 7:45 AM
Room 205