Every student is an individual with unique talents, learning
styles and needs. Tacoma Public Schools offers highly capable programs and
services PreK-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
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR WHITTIER/WAINWRIGHT
Q. What is being done for
gifted/highly capable students at Whittier and Wainwright?
In Tacoma Public Schools, highly capable offerings may look a
little different from school to school as each elementary has different needs
and opportunities. Advanced classes in middle school and high school are
generally open to all students.
At Whittier and Wainwright,
highly capable students participate in the district GATE program by
cluster-grouping highly capable students for enrichment and differentiated
instruction. They will also receive access to accelerated curriculum or
Wainwright and Whittier teachers will have additional training
opportunities regarding highly capable needs this summer. The district will
also plan staff sessions specific to Whittier and Wainwright needs over the
following year, and work with school administration and individual staff during
the remainder of the year to provide support.