Meeting highly capable students' needs

​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

Highly Capable News

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.


Fifth Grade Transition to Middle School

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 elementary school. 

For students who will attend:

First Creek or Stewart– 10/17/17 Stewart Middle School Library
Jason Lee or Meeker– 10/24/17 Meeker Middle School Library
Wainwright or Giaudrone – 11/07/17 Wainwright Intermediate School Gym
Baker or Gray – 11/08/17 Baker Middle School Library
Mason or Truman 11/14/17  Truman Middle School Library

All meetings are from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Just the Facts

Did you know that 75% of every dollar spent for the district Highly Capable program is locally funded?


Highly Capable Services for 
2017-2018

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) class
Mann - 1 multi-age (3, 4, 5) class
Point 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.

SAIL Teachers for 2017-2018

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