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


    Intellectual Ability Testing

    Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a new Stay-at-Home Order that went into effect on Sunday, December 6, 2020. Due to the extremely high level of COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area, Superintendent Beutner made an announcement on Monday, December 7, 2020 that it is no longer safe and appropriate to have any L.A. Unified students on campus.

    Therefore, beginning on Thursday, December 10, 2020, all in-person GATE assessments will be placed "on hold." This temporary suspension will remain in effect until Monday, January 11, 2021 (after winter recess). The District will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updated information as it is available. 

    Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, staff will continue to work collaboratively with Student Integration Services to mitigate the impact of the suspension of in-person intellectual assessments on students interested in applying for a gifted magnet. (Currently, referrals can be submitted for all gifted/talented categories.) In addition, Gifted Magnet programs and Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) will continue to utilize the verification of eligibility process for non-identified applicants. 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 Update

    Fall Visual and Performing Arts demonstration/auditions for gifted/talented identification were held virtually on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Given that this was the first time that Gifted/Talented Programs held its demonstration/auditions online, only students in grades 10-12, who submitted a completed referral application by the October 14, 2020 deadline, received an invitation through U.S. Postal Service. The invitation included detailed information about the process.

    All other students (grades 2-9) with complete referral applications will be assessed in the spring of 2021. The spring assessment process may be conducted virtually or in person. This decision will be based on guidelines from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department and the Center for Disease Control. 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 on-time Choices application process for the 2021-2022 school year opened on October 1, 2020 and closed on November 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The late application period for the current year (2020-2021) has reopened for mid-year enrollment; this process will close on January 22, 2021. The late application period for next school year (2021-2022) will open on 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 paper application available at every Local District, Community of Schools and Parent Community Services office. Verification of eligibility is required for participation. Verification for late applications will be processed at the SAS site. 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.


    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.


    OLSAT-8 Administration

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

    • Schools that completed the 2nd grade OLSAT-8 March 4-5, 2020 administration were asked to maintain the OLSAT-8 test booklets and materials in a secure location during the school closure.
    • As soon as it was determined safe for school personnel to enter campus per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and District guidelines, GATE coordinators or testing coordinators were asked to prepare OLSAT-8 materials for pickup by UPS by Friday, October 16, 2020.
    • For schools that returned OLSAT-8 materials via UPS, OLSAT-8 Student Score Reports will be sent to schools approximately December 2020. 


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

    • Schools that did not complete the 2nd 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 school closure.
    • A 2021 3rd grade OLSAT-8 administration that was scheduled for the second testing window last Spring 2020 is contingent upon the reopening of schools and District sites' capacity to conduct this grade level administration.
    • It is appropriate for third grade students to take the OLSAT-8 Level C Test due to how the test was normed. The test will be scored based on the student's chronological age and Spring norms (For example, if the test is administered in the spring).



    For 2nd Grade OLSAT-8 Administration for the 2020-2021 school year

    • Once a schedule for reopening schools is announced, the capacity to conduct a Spring 2021 OLSAT-8 2nd grade administration will also be determined.

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


    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.



    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 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.


    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.