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Schools for Advanced Studies

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    Schools for Advanced Studies demonstration sites receive the SAS designation for their exemplary Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) implementation. The Schools for Advanced Studies designation, initially implemented in the 1998–1999 school year, was created to acknowledge exemplary school models of innovative, equitable, and effective GATE practices districtwide. By providing high-quality differentiated instruction with an emphasis on depth, complexity, acceleration and novelty, SAS sites offer high-level academic opportunities that meet the unique educational needs of K–12 gifted learners, identified in the Intellectual, High Achievement, Specific Academic, Creative and Leadership Ability categories or verified based on critical thinking/achievement.

    The SAS model, which is in alignment with AB2313 and the State Board of Education Recommended Standards for Programs for Gifted and Talented Students, explicitly supports the District’s agreement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). It is District policy that schools must reapply every five years for SAS designation. Independent charter schools and magnet programs are not eligible for the SAS designation.

    Transportation services are not provided. Parents are expected to provide transportation.

    Please contact the GATE/SAS coordinator at the SAS site directly to inquire about the services offered at the school for gifted/high ability learners. Each SAS site must adhere to State and District GATE/SAS requirements; however, schools have flexibility in the thematic emphasis, differentiated instructional strategies, and enrichment opportunities provided to students.

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    2018-2019 Unified Enrollment Fairs





    Application/Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year:

     For 2018-2019 SAS application and enrollment information please contact the school directly.

    Application/Enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year:

    To apply to an SAS site for the 2019-2020 school year the parent/guardian may complete the application online at GoTo.Lausd.Net or the Choices brochure contains the application for SAS sites and is available October 1, 2018. The application and verification forms, if applicable, are due November 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of private school, independent charter, and non-L.A. Unified students to verify that the student’s current school of attendance has submitted the Verification of Eligibility form and the Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) Kindergarten Readiness Checklist, if applicable, by Friday, November 9, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

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    Link to Verification Forms:

     Affiliated Charter Sites with SAS Designation:

    Student selection, enrollment, and placement in the site’s SAS gifted/talented program at affiliated charter schools must be conducted in accordance with State and District legal requirements established for charter schools. For affiliated charter SAS enrollment procedures, contact the school directly.

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