JAMS Program Enrollment

Jefferson Accelerated Math & Science (JAMS) Program

2021-2022 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., Tuesday February 23, 2021, via Zoom (details/link below).


Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 341561

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +13017158592,,87003106926#,,,,*341561# or +13126266799,,87003106926#,,,,*341561#

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 870 0310 6926
Passcode: 341561
International numbers available: https://osd111.zoom.us/u/kZqHFau14

Step 2

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



All applications must be completed by 3:30 PM Tuesday, March 2nd to be considered for the Pool 1 lottery.


Step 3

Pool 1 lottery will be held on March 19, 2021. 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 3:30 PM on April 2, 2021.

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 2021.
  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 at level 3 or level 4. (Pre-Covid 19 Closure Scores)
  • MAP scores for Reading and Math above the 85th Percentile. (Pre-Covid 19 Closure 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 (Pre-Covid 19 Closure Scores)
  • MAP scores - 75th percentile or higher (Pre-Covid 19 Closure 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 2021-2022 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 JAMSJMS@osd.wednet.edu or call Michael Cimino or Ivy Bronemann at (360) 596-3200