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

Sherri Zynda
Director of Special Programming
(Pupil Services, Gifted Education, ELL, Curriculum & Professional Development)

Debbie Arnold
Department Secretary

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

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!

Summer school

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

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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