Upcoming changes to our programs
Currently we offer three programs for highly capable learners in elementary. The biggest
change is coming to JAWS (Joining Ability with Subjects), which buses students once
a week to an enrichment program. Recently, the Washington Office of the
Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the federal government
determined that pullout one-day enrichment programs such as JAWS no longer
provide enough support for highly capable students.
As a result, JAWS phases out over the next two years,
to be completely replaced by fall 2017 with five-day a week GATE (Gifted and Talented
Education) programs at every elementary school. Find out more details on the phase
out of JAWS and implementation of GATE.
SAIL (Self-contained Advanced
Individual Learning), is a five-day a week program for the top 1 percent of
students districtwide, currently located at Point Defiance, Lister, and Browns
Point Elementary Schools, it continues unchanged.