Schools for Advanced Studies
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 the California Gifted and Talented Education Program Resources Guide 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.
Eligibility and Enrollment Criteria Click Here
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.
List of SAS Sites:
Application/Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year:
For 2018-2019 SAS application and enrollment information please contact the school directly.
On-Time Application/Enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year (Oct. 1 - Nov. 9, 2018):
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.
Late Application for the 2019-2020 School Year (Opened February 1, 2019):
To apply to an SAS site for the 2019-2020 school year after the on-time deadline, the parent/guardian may complete a late application online at GoTo.lausd.net or the Choices brochure contains the application for SAS sites. A late application may be submitted any time from February 1, 2019, through the fourth week of the 2019-2020 school year. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of private school, independent charter, and non-L.A. Unified students to ensure that the Verification of Eligibility form and the Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) Kindergarten Readiness Checklist, if applicable, are submitted to the SAS site directly, if selected.
The Verification of Eligibility for students applying to a Gifted Magnet or SAS site during the late application period will be processed at the school site. School site personnel will contact the applicant if a space becomes available and verification is needed. Verification criteria and forms are available at http://echoices.lausd.net/Magnet/MagnetGiftedCriteria. (DO NOT send verification forms for late applications to Unified Enrollment.) Affiliated charter SAS sites do NOT participate in the Choices application and verification process; contact the charter SAS site directly for enrollment procedures.
Link to Verification Forms:
Link to Choices Brochure