JAMS Program Enrollment

Jefferson Accelerated Math & Science (JAMS) Program

2020-21 Enrollment Process


We are pleased that you are interested in having your son or daughter consider the Olympia School District Accelerated Middle School Program at Jefferson Middle School (JAMS).  Here is the information that you will need to know in order to enroll your student in the lottery process.


Step 1

You are encouraged to attend a parent/student information meeting.

  • 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 6 at Jefferson Middle School


Step 2

Parents/Guardians fill out the JAMS Application Form. Please complete and return the Choice Program Lottery Application to the school's main office by Thursday, February 13, 2020. Families will be notified by the school office by March 5, 2020, if their child is accepted. 

Step 3

Hand deliver or e-mail completed forms to:

Hand Deliver

Jefferson Middle School                                 

Ivy Bronemann or Mike Cimino                     

2200 Conger Ave. NW

Olympia, WA  98502



Jefferson Middle School: JAMSJMS@osd.wednet.edu


Step 4

Pool 1 lottery will be held on February 27, 2020.  Parents will be notified of the lottery results within one week after the lottery. Please make sure to update your information online in Family Access because that will be the method of notification.


Step 5

If selected for the JAMS program, hand deliver or e-mail the acceptance letter no later than 3:30 p.m. on March 10, 2020; the due date listed on the acceptance letter.


Application Deadline

All applications must be delivered to Jefferson by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13 to be considered for the Pool 1 lottery.

Students will be selected for the program using the process stated below. 




Pool 1:

Students meeting the selection criteria for success will be randomly selected until all spots are filled or names are exhausted, whichever comes first.


  • SBA scores for Reading, Writing, Math, and Science at level 3 or level 4.

  • MAP scores for Reading and Math above the 85th Percentile.


Pool 2:

Space permitting, students not meeting Pool 1 criteria will be drawn to fill remaining spots with preference given to students who meet the following:

  • SBA scores- High Level 2 or higher

  • MAP scores - 75th percentile or higher


Waiting List:

If spaces are filled and applicants remain, those students will be placed on a waiting list based on the selection criteria.

Selection rules and procedures for the lottery and continuation in the program:

  1. Students must be entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall of 2020.

  2. In-district applicants have priority over out-of-district applicants.

  3. Students designated as Highly Capable have first priority into the program.

  4. Families of students in the top 28 spots (per cohort AM and PM) will be notified by email within one week of the lottery and invited to formally enroll in the program.

  5. Families will have a deadline to accept or decline the invitation to enroll in the program. Those families who decline placement for the 2020-21 school year will have their names removed from the lottery list but may re-apply the following year to enter the lottery again.

  6. For following school years, returning students who have successfully completed the current year and have submitted a re-enrollment form will continue in the program.

  7. If spots open during the school year, they will be offered to the student based on the remaining waiting list. Late applicants, after pool 1 lottery, will be added to the pool 2 lottery or the waiting list based on the selection criteria.

  8. Each year, a new lottery will be held for incoming sixth grade class and openings in the seventh and eighth grade program. A new waiting list will be established each year. 

For further information call the Jefferson Middle school front office at (360) 596-3200.