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Every student is an individual with unique talents, learning styles and needs. Tacoma Public Schools offers highly capable services to K-12 to students who perform, or show the potential of performing, at high intellectual levels when compared with others of their age and experience. Highly capable children are present in all student groups, regardless of gender, disability, English language proficiency, economic status, ethnic or cultural background. There are approximately 1,500 K-12 students who receive Tacoma Public Schools Highly Capable services.
The new school year has arrived and we are looking forward to a great year with our Highly Capable students.
New this year for our parents is a newsletter that will be distributed to parents by email. The first newsletter will be sent within the first two weeks of school. Please make sure that your email is up-to-date with your school so that you don't miss a newsletter.
We will also post the newsletter here on the website.
During October and November we are holding informational
meetings for Highly Capable 5th Grade students and their parents about the
transition to middle school next year.
Check the schedule below to find the meeting for your student. If you
are not sure which middle school your student will attend, check with your
For students who will attend:
First Creek or Stewart– 10/17/17 Stewart Middle School LibraryJason Lee or Meeker– 10/24/17 Meeker Middle School LibraryWainwright or Giaudrone – 11/07/17 Wainwright Intermediate School GymBaker or Gray – 11/08/17 Baker Middle School LibraryMason or Truman 11/14/17 Truman Middle School Library
All meetings are from 6:00-7:00 pm.
Did you know that 75% of every dollar spent for the district Highly Capable program is locally funded?
The locations for the SAIL sites have changed for the 2017-2018 school year, based on transportation and capacity at school sites.
With the phase out of JAWS, all 35 Elementary Schools in the Tacoma School District now provide Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) services.
See the chart below to see how Highly Capable Services are offered at your child's school.
2017 - 2018 SAIL Sites:Browns Point - 1 multi-age (3, 4, 5) class Jefferson - 1 multi-age (3, 4, 5) classMann - 1 multi-age (3, 4, 5) classPoint Defiance - 1 5th grade class
GATE Self-Contained Classes: Downing, Edison, Fern Hill, Grant, Skyline.
Gate Grades 3-5, HC Services in the Regular Classroom: Arlington, Birney, Blix, Boze, Browns Point, Crescent Heights, Delong, Fawcett, Franklin, Jefferson, Larchmont, Lister, Lowell, Lyon, Manitou Park, Mann, NE Tacoma, Pt. Defiance, Reed, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Sherman, Stafford, Stanley, Washington, Whitman.
Montessori: HC Services provided via the Montessori Method in the regular classroom at Bryant and Geiger.
International Baccalaureate (IB): Highly Capbable services are provided via the IB Program in the regular classroom at McCarver, Whittier, Wainwright, Giaudrone, and Foss.
Welcome to our great SAIL teachers for the coming year. We have two teachers returning from last year and two teachers that are new to the Tacoma Schools Highly Capable Program.
Browns Point: Molly Callender Jefferson: Christine Koukles Mann: Kris Furrer Point Defiance: Darrick Hartman
Learn more about screening and entering the highly capable program »
April 17, 2018 6:00-7:00 pmHow to Live with and Understand Your Gifted Child(For parents of children eligible for gifted services as defined by the state of Washington)Location: To be announced
April 17, 2018 6:00-7:30 pmHow to Identify and Foster Gifted Characteristics in Your Child(For parents of all Tacoma Public School students)Location: To be announced
October 10, 2016 - Central Administration Building 6:00-7:00 PM - CAB 325
March 06, 2017- Central Administration Building 6:00-7:00 PM - CAB 325
May 15, 2017 - Central Administration Building 6:00-7:00 PM - CAB 325
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