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.


    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


    Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS)

    The on-time Choices application process for the 2021-2022 school year will begin on October 1, 2020 and close on November 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 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 for the 2021-2022 school year, a parent/guardian must complete the Choices application online at GoTo.LAUSD.net or with a paper application available at every Local District, Community of Schools and Parent Community Services office. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of private school, independent charter and non-L.A. Unified applicants to verify that the student's current school of attendance has submitted the Verification of Eligibility (SAS Kindergarten) or Verification of Eligibility (Grades 1-12) form by November 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Please visit eChoices.LAUSD.net 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 directions outlined on the Gifted/Talented Programs SAS webpage https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/2024 by November 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


    For Choices support, please contact Unified Enrollment 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.


    Parent Notification Process During School/Office Closures

    GATE parent notification letters can be downloaded directly from MiSiS by approved school site personnel. However, in response to California's COVID-19 Stay at Home orders and with the closure of the Central Administrative Offices at the Beaudry site, mailing hard copies of parent notification letters has been suspended until further notice. With this shift, we are appreciative of District GATE coordinators as they do their best to support our students and families. GATE eligibility status is now included on the Parent Portal, which is a part of the LAUSD secure network. Parents 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. District legal counsel has advised that emails are not a secure mode of transmission and, therefore, GATE coordinators must not transmit any student records, including gifted/talented eligibility notification letters, via email. Updates will be provided as they are available.


    Intellectual Ability Testing

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gifted testing, including intellectual testing, is suspended until schools reopen and when it is determined that students can be tested safely in person per Los Angeles County Public Health. The instruments used by designated GATE psychologists (e.g., Intellectual Ability assessments) are designed and normed to be administered in person. Any other administration, including online remote assessment, would invalidate test results. Therefore, no new students can be identified for gifted, highly gifted, or highly gifted applicable status in the Intellectual Ability category at this time. Although intellectual testing is "on hold," schools are encouraged to continue screening students and make GATE referrals in MiSiS during school closures for the 2020-2021 school year. 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. 


    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.


    OLSAT-8 Administration

    Once a schedule for reopening schools is announced, the capacity to schedule a 2020 OLSAT-8 3rd grade administration for school sites that were not able to test during the March 18-19, 2020 testing window will be reassessed. Schools that have completed the 2nd grade OLSAT-8 March 4-5, 2020 administration are to maintain the OLSAT-8 test booklets and materials in a secure location during the school closure. When it is safe for school personnel to enter campus, as per CDC and District guidelines, GATE coordinators or testing coordinators will be instructed to pack the OLSAT-8 test booklets and prepare boxes for pickup by UPS to be sent for scoring. This timeline is not yet determined. OLSAT-8 questions can be directed to Wynne Wong-Cheng, District Coordinator, at wynne.wong@lausd.net.


    Visual and Performing Arts Identification

    GATE identification (auditions/demonstrations) in the areas of visual arts, dance, voice and drama are tentatively scheduled for November 21, 2020 and May 15, 2021. However, the auditions/demonstrations are dependent on schools reopening. Final decision regarding the November event will be communicated in October. Students from spring 2020 will be automatically rolled over for this school year should the auditions/demonstrations occur. Visual and performing arts identification questions can be directed to Susanna Furfari, District Coordinator, at susanna.furfari@lausd.net.


    Conservatory of Fine Arts

    Due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 Conservatory of Fine Arts will be offered virtually, beginning in January 2021. Because of the nature of virtual instruction, class sizes will be kept small and no new applications for the 2020-2021 season will be accepted. Returning students and students identified as talented at the November 2019 audition/demonstration event will receive instructions on how to enroll in the 2020-2021 Conservatory of Fine Arts program. Conservatory of Fine Arts questions can be directed to Dr. Nicole Niederdeppe, District Coordinator, nnn8729@lausd.net.



    Selected Application Resources:

    Accept-Decline Parent Guide

    Accept-Decline Parent Guide Espanol

    LATE Application Resources:


    Potential Openings Webpage


    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.