Too often it is assumed that highly capable students do not need support or that if they are meeting academic standards then they are doing fine. This is not the case. Highly capable children have unique academic, social and emotional needs. They need advocates. We founded Parent Advocates for Tahoma’s Highly capable (PATH) to fill this need.

PATH is a parent-founded, non-profit advocacy and support group. We advocate for the highly capable students in the Tahoma School District so that they may achieve academic excellence and fulfill their social and emotional needs. We bring parents and students together to learn about the rewards and challenges of being highly capable.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help highly capable students in the Tahoma School District fulfill their social and emotional needs and achieve academic excellence.

To do this, we:

      • 1. Facilitate dialog and collaboration between parents, teachers, and administrators.
      • 2. Educate stakeholders about the unique needs of highly capable students.
      • 3. Support students and families in building strong relationships within the highly capable community.


PATH Board of Directors

As the need for support for Tahoma School District’s Highly-capable students became more pronounced, several parents have stepped in to create something exceptional.

Michelle Smart

Founder & President

Owen Gabrielson

Co-Founder & Director of Operations

Bryce Smart

Director of Communications

Troy Loftus

Director of Special Projects