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 600 K-12 students who receive Tacoma Public Schools Highly Capable services.

Highly Capable News

The 2018-2019 school year is over and we hope you have an enjoyable summer. We are busy getting ready to welcome your students back in the fall.

Changes to Highly Capable Services - As many of your are aware, the position of director of Highly Capable Services has been eliminated. Highly Capable Services is now under the direction of Julie Ray, who is a Director of Elementary Education. Julie has a background in overseeing Highly Capable programs.

What are the SAIL Classes up to?

Students in the SAIL classes have the opportunity to participate in projects that provide more depth to their learning. The Browns Point SAIL class recently wrote and produced a 90-second video for the Newberry Film Festival. Take a look at "The War that Saved my Life."

What is education?

Education is not the learning of the facts, but the training of the mind to think.  Albert Einstein

Highly Capable Services for 
2019 - 2020

2019- 2020 SAIL Sites:
Browns Point - 1 multi-age (3, 4, 5) class 
Jefferson - 2 multi-age (3, 4, 5) classes
Mann - 1 multi-age (3, 4, 5) class
Edison - 1 multi-age (3, 4) class

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.

Grades 3-5 Blended Self-Contained Classes
Skyline - 1 multi-age (3, 4, 5) class

Gate Grades 3-5, Highly Capable Services in the General Education Classroom: Arlington, Birney, Blix, Boze, Browns Point, Crescent Heights, Delong, Downing, Edison, Fawcett, Fern Hill, Franklin, Grant, Jefferson, Larchmont, Lister, Lowell, Lyon, Manitou Park, Mann, NE Tacoma, Pt. Defiance, Reed, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Sherman, Stafford, Stanley, Washington, Whitman.

Montessori: Highly Capable Services are provided via the Montessori Method in the regular classroom at Bryant and Geiger.

International Baccalaureate (IB): Highly Capable services are provided via the IB Program in the regular classroom at McCarver, Whittier, Wainwright, Giaudrone, and Foss.