Important Information During Distance Learning

    Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, staff is available to support school site staff and families remotely during distance learning. 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 us at GATE@lausd.net. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during this challenging time.


    Highly Gifted Magnet (HGM)

    The Choices on-time HGM application period for 2021-2022 enrollment is April 5-16, 2021. The accept/decline deadline is Wednesday, May 5, 2021. After the on-time period closes, the Choices late application will be available. (The Choices late application opened on February 1, 2021 for all other Choices programs; it will be available for HGM applicants on April 17, 2021.)

    The following resources provide information regarding identification in the Intellectual Ability category and the 2021-2022 Highly Gifted Magnet (HGM) application and eligibility process.

    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Identification in Intellectual Ability Category

    Highly Gifted Magnet Virtual Fair Flyer


    Intellectual Ability Testing

    Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, will resume one-on-one and small group, in-person Intellectual Ability assessments beginning March 4, 2021. Parents/guardians may contact the GATE coordinator at their child's school for information regarding new or pending referrals. Referrals will be processed in the order received. Please be advised that administering one-on-one, in-person assessments is strictly voluntary at this time for both Gifted/Talented Programs personnel and L.A. Unified families in accordance with labor union agreements, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and state guidelines. If parents/guardians choose to not participate in testing at this time, these students will remain on the waitlist in the order in which their child's referral was received. Intellectual Ability questions can be directed to Wynne Wong-Cheng, District Coordinator, at wynne.wong@lausd.net or the designated GATE psychologist assigned to support your school. 


    Visual and Performing Arts Identification

    All students (grades 2-12) with complete referral applications received by the April 14, 2021 deadline, are eligible to be assessed in the May 15, 2021 demonstrations/auditions. Gifted/Talented Programs may cap the event due to staff availability. The spring assessment process will be conducted virtually. For questions regarding Gifted/Talented Programs Visual and Performing Arts identification, please contact Susanna Furfari, District Coordinator, at susanna.furfari@lausd.net.


    Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS)

    The Choices/SAS late application period for next school year (2021-2022) opens on Monday, February 1, 2021. The SAS application process is open to applicants who reside within L.A. Unified boundaries but outside the attendance boundaries of a designated SAS site. (A Choices/SAS application is NOT required for students who reside within school boundaries; contact the school directly for enrollment procedures.) To apply to an SAS site, a parent/guardian must complete the Choices application online at GoTo.LAUSD.net or with a late paper application that can be downloaded from the GoTo.LAUSD.net website.

    Verification of eligibility is required for SAS participation. Verification for late applicants will be processed at the SAS site if/when the parent/guardian is contacted about an available seat. (DO NOT submit Verification of Eligibility form for late applicants, if applicable, to Unified Enrollment.) Please visit eChoices.LAUSD.net or https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/2024 for more information and to obtain relevant forms, if applicable. Applicants to SAS kindergarten who are NOT enrolled in preschool or transitional kindergarten (TK) must follow verification directions outlined on the Gifted/Talented Programs SAS webpage https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/2024. You may also contact gate@lausd.net for more information.

    For late application support, please contact the Choices Support Line at (213) 241-4177 or applyforschools@lausd.net. You may also visit apply.LAUSD.net and select "Need Help?" for additional contact information, user guides and video tutorials.


    OLSAT-8 Administration

    Schools that administered the OLSAT-8 to 2nd graders during Spring 2020:

    • For schools that returned OLSAT-8 materials via UPS, OLSAT-8 Student Score Reports and Master Lists were delivered to schools the first week of December 2020. However, school campuses closed on December 16, 2020 due to a new Stay-at-Home Order. If schools were not able to retrieve their boxes before campus closures, then GATE coordinators may request a copy of individual OLSAT-8 Student Score Reports or their school's Master List by contacting GATE@lausd.net.
    • Spring 2020 OLSAT-8 test results and GATE eligibility statuses were uploaded into the District database systems in January 2021.


    Schools that did not administer the OLSAT-8 to 2nd graders during Spring 2020:

    • Schools that did not complete the second grade OLSAT-8 March 18-19, 2020 administration were asked to maintain the OLSAT-8 test booklets and materials in a secure location during the campus closure.
    • Spring 2021 third grade OLSAT-8 administration, originally scheduled for the second testing window in Spring 2020, is contingent upon the reopening of schools and District sites' capacity to conduct this grade level administration. If schools reopen in Spring 2021, new testing timelines and procedures will be announced to schools and families at that time.

    OLSAT-8 questions can be directed to Wynne Wong-Cheng, District Coordinator, at wynne.wong@lausd.net.


    Parent/Guardian Notification Process During Campus/Office Closures

    GATE parent notification letters can be downloaded directly from the District's student information system (MiSiS) by approved school site personnel. In addition, GATE eligibility status, OLSAT-8 test results, and GATE parent notification letters are now included in the Parent Portal, which is a part of the secure network for L.A. Unified parents/guardians with a registered account. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, District IT Security has concluded that encrypted email is an authorized method for secure communications with third parties (e.g., parents/guardians). However, GATE personnel and GATE coordinators must "validate the recipient's identity prior to transmission." District employees must ensure that personal information is not emailed to an anonymous or unknown person.


    Parent/guardians may also be notified via telephone of their child's GATE eligibility status [Gifted, Highly Gifted (HG), Highly Gifted Applicable (HGA), or ineligible] if an urgent response is requested. 


    High Achievement Ability and Specific Academic Ability Identification

    Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order suspending K-12 State Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) for the 2019-2020 academic year. As a result, gifted identification in the High Achievement Ability and Specific Academic Ability categories (through an automatic MiSiS upload) will not take place during the 2020-2021 school year. However, High Achievement Ability gifted identification based on 2020 OLSAT-8 results, will occur during the 2020-2021 school year. This automatic MiSiS upload will include 3rd grade students, tested in 2nd grade and identified through the OLSAT-8 first administration (March 3-4, 2020) and 3rd grade students, identified during a fall 2020 OLSAT-8 administration. However, it is important to note that the fall 2020 3rd grade OLSAT-8 administration is contingent upon the reopening of District schools. High Achievement Ability and Specific Academic Ability questions can be directed to Wynne Wong-Cheng, District Coordinator, at wynne.wong@lausd.net.


    Conservatory of Fine Arts

    Due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 Conservatory of Fine Arts is being offered virtually, from January-June 2021. Because of the nature of virtual instruction, class sizes were kept small and no new applications for the 2020-2021 season were accepted. Contingent upon the returning to on-site instruction, applications for the 2021-2022 Conservatory of Fine Arts program are projected to be open from June 1- September 2, 2021, at http://apply.lausd.net. Conservatory of Fine Arts questions can be directed to Dr. Nicole Niederdeppe, District Coordinator, nnn8729@lausd.net.


    GATE Resources for Supporting Distance Learning

    Supporting Your Gifted Child During Covid -19 / Apoyando a su hijo dotado durante el Covid-19

    Resources for Young Writers

    GATE Resources List

    Brain Breaks

    Sample Home Learning Schedule


    Other Resources:

    Family and Student Handbook: A Guide to Support Learning at Home


    Manual para las familias y los estudiantes: Guía de apoyo y para el aprendizaje en el hogar


    General Information for Parents Click Here.

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