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  • SAS Student Permit Application and Criteria 


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    SAS demonstration sites receive the SAS designation for their exemplary Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) implementation. By providing high-quality differentiated instruction with an emphasis on depth, complexity, acceleration and novelty, SAS sites offer high-level academic gifted/talented programs 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.


    Students who meet eligibility criteria and who reside within the LAUSD boundaries may apply for an SAS student permit to attend a designated Schools for Advanced Studies site. Transportation services are not provided. SAS student permit applications may be obtained at the local school or may be downloaded from this webpage by clicking on the links below.

    • Click here to obtain the current list of SAS schools/Obtenga la lista actual de las Escuelas SAS en el enlace. 
    • Click here to obtain the SAS Student Permit Application for 2018-2019 (English).
    • Haga clic aquí­ para obtener la aplicación para el programa SAS para el ano escolar 2018-2019.


    SAS Student Permit Application and Timeline DO NOT APPLY TO:

    1. Qualified resident students: Qualified resident students must be accommodated in the site's SAS gifted/talented program before any non-resident SAS permits are granted by the school. No application is required, since SAS is the GATE instructional program for resident students. Contact the SAS site directly for more information.
    2. Affiliated charter schools with the SAS designation: Enrollment at affiliated charter schools must be conducted in accordance with the legal State and District requirements established for charter schools. Contact the affiliated charter school directly for enrollment information. 


    The SAS student permit application is submitted directly to the SAS school(s) of choice during the application period. It must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and the principal/designee of the school of attendance before submitting it to the SAS school(s) of choice. Parents may submit a student permit application to more than one SAS site, however, a separate application is required for each site. SAS schools may be contacted directly to inquire about space availability for non-resident (SAS permit) applicants and program description. Ask to speak to the GATE/SAS coordinator or school administrator.


    SAS Student Permit Application Deadline:  March 23, 2018

    Deadline to Notify Parents/Guardians:  April 13, 2018

    Parent Confirmation of Attendance Deadline: May 4, 2018 


    Admittance is as follows (does not apply to affiliated charters):

    First priority:  Qualifying students who reside within school boundaries must be accommodated first since SAS is the GATE instructional program for resident students (no SAS permit application is required).

    Second priority:  Qualifying students who reside outside school boundaries, but within LAUSD boundaries (SAS permit application is required). Eligible applicants are selected by lottery at the close of the application period to fill available seats. The only qualifying criteria that may be considered are official District criteria.



    SAS is available to LAUSD students in grades K-12 who meet ONE OF THREE criteria.  The teacher and principal of the school the student is currently attending is responsible for determining if the student meets one of these criteria AND must maintain records of supporting evidence at the school site (subject to audits).  


    Applicants must meet one of three eligibility criteria:

    1. Students identified as gifted/talented in LAUSD in the Intellectual, High Achievement, Specific Academic, Creative, or Leadership Ability Category.
    2. Students who scored in the Standard Exceeded range on the SBAC assessment or have TOTAL national scores of 85% or above on a District-approved standardized achievement test (e.g., OLSAT-8) in required areas (most recent year only).     
    3. Students who demonstrate mastery of ALL FOUR of the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in their primary language (must check "yes" for all four skills for the student to qualify with this criterion.
    • Explain meanings or relationships among facts, information or concepts that demonstrate depth and complexity.
    • Formulate new ideas or solutions and elaborate on the information. 
    • Use alternative methods in approaching new or unfamiliar mathematical problems.
    • Use extensive vocabulary easily and accurately to express creative ideas. 

    Applicants verified through the four critical-thinking and problem-solving skills must also demonstrate the ability or strong potential to work two years above grade level in academic subjects.



    All SAS eligibility criteria carry equal weight in the selection/placement process (i.e., SAS sites may not give priority placement to students identified as gifted/highly gifted or those who meet test score criteria). SAS sites may not request supplemental evidence for applicants other than K-1 students. Evidence must be kept on file at sending school (subject to audits).