Pupil services/special programming


The Special Programming department provides trained expertise to meet students' needs. Students in the Gahanna-Jefferson Schools benefit from the wealth of experience offered through the district’s psychologists, counselors, speech pathologists, E.L.L. teachers, and health care professionals. Drug and alcohol education is an important part of the health curriculum in grades K-12.

In addition, the district is proactive both in securing professionals for prevention measures and in building student relationships. A district mental health consultant addresses issues of identity, mediation and diversity with the middle and high school students.

Contact Information

Debbie Arnold
Department Secretary

Phone: (614) 479-1310 | Fax: (614) 478-5568

Pupil services

Summer school

Registration for GJPS Summer School Journey to Learning 2020 will begin online at noon on Friday, May 15, 2020.

GJPS Summer School Distance Learning Offerings for 2020

April 28, 2020

Dear GJPS families,

The most recent extension of the school building closure through the end of the school year has been difficult for us all. While there have been no announcements regarding summer programming for schools, there are still many unknowns related to the impact of COVID-19 and school building use into the summer.

We continue to make adjustments to keep our students and staff safe while also providing quality learning experiences and instructional support. This summer, our Journey to Learning program will be offered through the distance learning structure we are currently using to finish the academic year. The dates for the program have been moved to July 6-29 to provide students a break from remote learning and to better support students’ transition back to school in August. Additionally, the registration window has been shifted and will be open May 15 - June 5.

Along with the adjusted calendar, we will provide a condensed catalogue of courses this summer. Additional information regarding the full course offerings, times, and registration information will be shared 0n May 6, 2020 through the district website and flyers on Peachjar.

We know future safety guidance will continue to evolve; however, we felt it was necessary to make decisions about summer school as quickly as possible so planning can begin and families could be informed as the school year comes to a close. We appreciate your continued patience and support. Questions regarding the Journey to Learning Summer School program can be directed to Tia Holliman, Director of Curriculum at hollimant@gjps.org.

Each year the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School district offers a wide variety of summer courses for students—pre-kindergarten through high school—as part of the 'Journey To Learning' program. There are programs for intervention/remediation, enrichment, high school credit and make-up classes. Information about these classes and registration will available in the spring of 2020.

Gifted education

Gifted services are available for identified and qualifying students. The district accepts referrals, screens and identifies, or screens and reassesses students who perform or show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the tested areas.

English language learners

English Language Learners (E.L.L.) is a program designed to help ensure that children who are limited English proficient are provided the necessary support to develop both language and core curriculum subjects. The primary goal of the E.L.L. program is to prepare students to successfully transition into regular classes and assist them in meeting state academic achievement standards.

Students enrolled in the elementary E.L.L. program are assigned to either Jefferson or Goshen Lane elementary schools. The middle school E.L.L. program is located at Middle School West and Middle School East. Special transportation arrangements are made to accommodate students and parents.

Chinese language enrichment

GJPS is home to one of the most innovative and comprehensive 2-12 Mandarin Chinese programs in central-Ohio as well as the state. District-wide, there are more than 450 students participating!

Health services

The Gahanna-Jefferson Public School district is committed to provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff. Four registered nurses and a full-time LPN are assigned to assume the essential duties and responsibilities to conduct a comprehensive health services program.

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