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Refer students now for VPS Challenge Program

Any parent, educator, or community member may refer students for Vancouver Public Schools’ Challenge Program for highly capable students in grades 1-5.  Challenge is the district’s program for meeting the unique learning needs of students with demonstrated intellectual ability and/or potential in terms of cognitive capacity, academic achievement, and exceptional creativity. Referral forms must be returned to the Challenge office no later than Monday, December 3rd. 

Students in grades K-4 who are referred will be assessed by certificated teachers on scheduled Saturdays in January and February for potential placement in the Challenge Program the following school year.

Qualified students attend one of the Challenge magnet school sites where they participate in a rigorous curriculum designed to maximize individual potential.  The magnet school becomes the “home school” for students.

Referral forms are available in all elementary school offices, or on the Challenge/Honors webpage.

Additional information about the Challenge Program and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) also can be found on the Challenge/Honors webpage.  If you have additional questions, please call the Challenge office at 313-1360.