About Clyde Hill Elementary School (Bellevue, WA)

Clyde Hill Elementary School is located in Bellevue School District and is one of the district’s 17 elementary schools. The school caters to students in preschool through 5th grade and has approximately 600 students. The school building is scheduled to be under renovations for the 2018-2019 school year. During this time, Clyde Hill School will hold classes at Bellewood Elementary. Some students in the Clyde Hill area will attend the new Wilburton Elementary school. 

About Bellevue School District

Bellevue School District is one of Washington’s top performing school districts, with several schools consistently ranked among the nation’s best. The district is located in King County and serves around 20,000 students. The district’s 17 elementary schools include a Spanish immersion school and Mandarin dual language elementary school. The district also has 5 middle schools, 4 high-schools and 2 choice schools (grades 612). The district provides an exceptional well-rounded education to all students, with particular strengths in gifted education and programs for English-language learners.

Clyde Hill Elementary Gifted Program

Clyde Hill’s gifted program offers differentiated instruction in the school’s core content areas to especially capable students. The program aims to develop higher levels of understanding in its students and focuses on complex ideas and advanced concepts. Clyde Hill's gifted program includes above-grade-level studies in literacy, math, social studies,and science. The curriculum is both extended and accelerated. Students are selected to the program based on performance on three tests: the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test), the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), and the Star Assessments.

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CogAT, ITBS and Star Testing at Clyde Hill Elementary School

Schools in Bellevue School District typically use the CogAT, the ITBS, and Star Assessments to screen students for gifted programs. The CogAT and ITBS are administered at designated times to applicants to gifted programs, while the Star Assesments are administered to all students to track performance. Preparation with TestPrep-Online can significantly reduce testing anxiety on these designated gifted testing days by giving your child a sense of familiarity with the tests. 

The CogAT measures students’ problem-solving skills and level of cognitive development. Questions are designed to assess students’ core ability to learn and reason and are not based on a given curriculum or material. The CogAT is comprised of three subtests in different areas of reasoning: a verbal battery, involving reasoning with words and sentences; a nonverbal battery, focused on figural reasoning; and a quantitative battery, measuring students' understanding of quantitative relationships and concepts. To learn more about the test, head over to our CogAT page.  

The Star Assessments and ITBS, on the other hand, are geared to measure skills that are learned in school. At the elementary school level, the Star Assessments are used to measure reading and math achievement. The test is adaptive and computer based, meaning the level of difficulty is continuously adjusted in accordance with students’ response. The Star Assessments are taken by all students as part of the educational program in Bellevue School District. The computerized assessment adjusts itself to each student's level, so gifted students can demonstrate above-grade-level performance. The ITBS is administered as part of gifted testing at one level above a student's grade level.

Start Preparing for Bellevue District Gifted Testing with TestPrep-Online

Screening for gifted programs in Bellevue District can be very competitive. How well your child does on the CogAT can have important consequences for their future educational path. Starting on a gifted track in elementary school allows a student to progress more deeply and rapidly through the curriculum, allowing for more opportunities to learn independently and with students of similar abilities. Bellevue District's gifted high school programs include International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs that allow students to complete college-level work while still in high school, and in some cases to spend their entire 12th-grade year on college classes and self-directed study. To help your child have the best chance at gaining from the opportunities of specialized gifted programs, begin test-prep well in advance. Making sure your child is familiar with test formats and helping him or her work on testing skills can make a significant difference in performance on test day. To start now, check out our 2nd grade CogAT prep pack.

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