Important Information During School/Office Closures

    Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, staff will be available to support school site staff and families remotely during the closure. Below, please find updates regarding GATE testing, Conservatory of Fine Arts, and Choices/SAS timelines and processes. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact one of our District administrators. Email addresses can be accessed here. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during this challenging time.



    Spring Visual and Performing Arts Auditions/Demonstrations Cancelled

    In response to California's COVID-19 Stay at Home orders, Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, will be canceling the Visual and Performing Arts Auditions/Demonstrations scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020. Any students from schools that have submitted complete paperwork will be automatically moved to the fall 2020 Auditions/Demonstrations, scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2020. We are appreciative of the tremendous flexibility and understanding of families and schools during this unprecedented time.

    En respuesta a las órdenes de permanecer en casa por el COVID-19, los Programas Para Alumnos Dotados/Talentosos, Opciones de Aprendizaje Avanzado, cancelarán las Audiciones/Demonstraciones de Artes Visuales y Dramáticas programadas para el sábado 16 de mayo de 2020. El horario de todo estudiante de las escuelas que hayan presentado el papeleo completo se asignará automáticamente a las Audiciones/Demonstraciones del otoño de 2020, programadas para el sábado 21 de noviembre de 2020. Apreciamos la enorme flexibilidad y comprensión de las familias y escuelas durante este tiempo sin precedentes.


    2019-2020 GATE Report

    Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, has eliminated the requirement for all K-12 schools to submit their 2019-2020 Annual GATE Reports on the Principals' Portal.


    GATE Identification and Testing

    All GATE testing in the Intellectual Ability category is currently suspended until schools resume normal operation. 

    OLSAT-8 administration for 2nd graders scheduled for the second testing window, March 18-19, 2020, will be rescheduled and alternate testing dates will be provided by Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options once schools resume normal operation.

    For schools that have completed the OLSAT-8 administration for 2ndgraders from the first testing window, March 4-5, 2020, please store your OLSAT-8 test booklets and materials in a secure location during the school closure. Once schools reopen, Gifted/Talented Programs will provide a new testing center drop-off date. Please contact Wynne Wong-Cheng, District Coordinator, Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, if you have questions.


    Conservatory of Fine Arts

    The Saturday Conservatory of Fine Arts has concluded for the 2019-2020 season. Please contact Dr. Nicole Niederdeppe, District Coordinator, Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, if you have questions.


    Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS)

    Choices Selection/Waiting List Letters have been sent to parents. Parents who submitted an online application may accept/decline their placements online via the Apply site. Parents who submitted a paper application may accept/decline their placements by contacting the SAS school directly, once schools reopen. If you are having issues with your account or need support, please email our office (Click Here). Please include your confirmation number and a description of your technical issue, if applicable. Due to school/office closures, the Choices Support Line is unavailable for live support at this time.  

    Please note that the school closure will affect an SAS site’s ability to accept SAS applicants from the late application list. SAS sites are responsible for processing the verification of eligibility for late applicants (e.g., articulation with District sending schools or processing the Verification of Eligibility form from private, independent charter, and non-LAUSD sending schools). This will not be possible during the school closure. School personnel will facilitate the late verification and acceptance process once schools reopen. Please contact Erin Yoshida-Ehrmann, District Coordinator, Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, if you have questions.

    Selected Application Resources:

    Accept-Decline Parent Guide

    Accept-Decline Parent Guide Espanol

    LATE Application Resources:


    Potential Openings Webpage


    Other Resources:

    LAUSD Family Resource Guide.pdf

    LAUSD Guia De Recursos Para Familias.pdf

    General Information for Parents Click Here.

    Again, thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.