JAMS Program Enrollment

Jefferson Accelerated Math & Science (JAMS) Program

2022-2023 Enrollment Process


We are pleased that you are interested in having your student 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 virtual parent/student information webinar at 6:30 p.m., Thursday February 17, 2022, via Zoom (recording of webinar linked below):



Step 2

Parents/Guardians fill out the application via the link below.



All applications must be completed by 3:40 PM Friday, February 25 to be considered for the Pool 1 lottery.


Step 3

Pool 1 lottery will be held on March 10, 2022. 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 4

If selected for the JAMS program, complete the acceptance form no later than 3:40 PM on March 24, 2022.

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 2022.
  2. In-district applicants have priority over out-of-district applicants.
  3. Students designated as Highly Capable by the Olympia School District have first priority into the program.



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 (if applicable) at level 3 or level 4. (Fall 2021 Scores)
  • MAP scores for Reading and Math above the 85th Percentile. (Fall 2021 Scores)


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 (Fall 2021 Scores)
  • MAP scores - 75th percentile or higher (Fall 2021 Scores)


Waiting List

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


  • Families of students in the top 28 spots (per cohort AM and PM) will be notified by e-mail within one week of the lottery and invited to formally enroll in the program.
  • Families will have a deadline to accept or decline the invitation to enroll in the program. Those families who decline placement for the 2022-2023 school year will have their names removed from the lottery list but may reapply the following year to enter the lottery again.
  • 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.
  • If spots open during the school year, they will be offered to the person 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.
  • Each year, a new lottery will be held for the 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:

Email [email protected] or call Michael Cimino or Ivy Bronemann at (360) 596-3200