PEP and HiCap Appeals

  • The Mercer Island School District, in compliance with the Washington State rules for Highly Capable Programs (WAC 392-170-076), has an appeal process.

    Should you wish to appeal the decision not to place your child into the Highly Capable Program or Primary Enrichment Program, please submit an appeal form to Mary Newcomer.

    As a district, we cannot provide guidance to families concerning what to put in their appeal. The family must include a rationale for their appeal and include:

    1. A condition or circumstance believed to have caused a misinterpretation of testing results (ex: an incorrect birth date or grade level used on calculating an assessment score).

    2. An extraordinary circumstance occurred during the testing period that may negatively affect the validity of the results (ex: death in the family or extreme physical ailment).

    3. A misapplication or miscalculation of scores by the selection committee. 

    Families may include any pertinent data in their appeal. Appeals submitted for reasons other than above will be denied without further consideration.

    Once the appeals window has closed, we will convene a committee (WAC 392-170-070) to make a determination of the appeal. Parents will be notified, in writing, of the committee’s decision.

    Please note: The District works to assemble a committee for the appeals review as quickly as possible upon the appeals window closure, however, this is not immediate.

    For additional appeals information, please read the section about appeals in board policy number 2190 (procedures).