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 Ability, High Achievement Ability, Specific Academic Ability, Creative Ability 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 Resource 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 for SAS.
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 clustering model, thematic emphasis, differentiated instructional strategies and enrichment opportunities provided to students.
Eligibility and Enrollment Criteria Click Here
Affiliated Charter Schools 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. If a student is selected for a designated SAS through this Affiliated Charter process and meets one of the SAS eligibility criteria, this student must be accommodated in the site's SAS gifted/talented program. For Affiliated Charter SAS enrollment procedures, please refer to the Affiliated Charter Schools section of the 2020-2021 Choices brochure on (pages 67-70) or eChoices.lausd.net.
Zone of Choice Sites with SAS Designation:
If a parent would like their child to attend a Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) site within their Zone of Choice (ZOC), the 8th grade student must select that site during the ZOC selection process. If a student is assigned to a designated SAS through this ZOC process and meets one of the SAS eligibility criteria, this student must be accommodated in the site's SAS gifted/talented program. For information about Zones of Choice, please contact the ZOC office at (213) 241-0466 or https://achieve.lausd.net/zoc.
List of SAS Sites 2020-2021:
SAS FAQs 2020-2021:
Choices On-Time Application for the 2020-2021 School Year (Oct. 1 - Nov. 15, 2019):
To apply to an SAS site for the 2020-2021 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, 2019. The application and verification form, if applicable, are due November 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 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) by Friday, November 15, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.
Choices Late Application for the 2020-2021 School Year (Opens February 3, 2020):
To apply to an SAS site for the 2020-2021 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 3, 2020, through the fourth week of the 2020-2021 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 is 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 verification process; contact the Affiliated Charter SAS site directly for more information on its GATE/SAS services and support.
Choices Timeline 2020-2021:
On-time Choices applications may be submitted: October 1, 2019 - November 15, 2019
Email receipts for online applicants will be sent to parents/guardians: October 1, 2019 - November 15, 2019
Confirmation/Correction Letters will be sent to parents/guardians: Mid-December 2019
Progam Eligibility Letter will be sent to parents/guardians: February 2020
Selection/Waiting List Letters will be sent to parent/guardians: March 16, 2020
Deadline for newly selected students to accept or decline placement: April 17, 2020 (extended)
Link to Verification Forms for 2020-2021 School Year:
Link to 2020-2021 Choices Brochure