Schools for Advanced Studies
Los Angeles Unified School District Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) 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 (GATE) Program Resource Guide and the State Board of Education Recommended Standards for Programs for Gifted and Talented Students, explicitly supports the District's goal to ensure equitable GATE participation for underrepresented students. It is District policy that resident schools must undergo a rigorous application process every five years to obtain or maintain the 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. Detailed school information can be found on the District's School Search Tool at https://GoTo.LAUSD.net (click Explore).
- LAUSD 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 site 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 Schools enrollment procedures, please refer to the Affiliated Charter Schools section of the Choices brochure or eChoices.lausd.net.
- LAUSD 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 5th, 6th, or 8th grade student must select that site as their first choice during the ZOC selection process. If a student is assigned to a designated SAS site 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. Placement appeals through the ZOC office will not be considered if the student did not select the SAS site as their first choice on the ZOC application. For information about Zones of Choice, please contact the ZOC office at (213) 241-0466 or https://www.lausd.org/zoc.
- Current List of SAS Sites (2024-2025)
- SAS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- 2024-2025 Choices Brochure
- Choices On-Time Application for the 2024-2025 School Year (Oct. 2 - Nov. 17, 2023)
The on-time 2024-2025 Choices SAS application period will be available from October 2 - November 17, 2023. No formal application is required for qualified students residing within school boundaries since SAS is the school site's GATE instructional program for its students. (Contact the school directly for more information.) Students who reside within LAUSD boundaries but outside the site's residential boundaries may apply through the Choices process. To apply to an SAS site for the 2024-2025 school year, the parent/guardian may complete the Choices application online at GoTo.LAUSD.net. The Choices brochure contains the paper application for SAS sites and is available October 2, 2023 at every school, LAUSD Regional offices and the Office of Student, Family and Community Engagement. The application and verification form, if applicable, are due November 17, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of private school, independent charter and non-LAUSD 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 17, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. The 2024-2025 late Choices application period will begin February 1, 2024.
- Choices Timeline for 2024-2025 Enrollment
On-time Choices applications may be submitted: October 2, 2023 - November 17, 2023 (no late applications accepted for the on-time process)
On-time SAS Verification of Eligibility forms, if applicable, may be submitted: October 2, 2023 - November 17, 2023 (no late forms accepted for the on-time process)
Email receipts for online applicants will be sent to parents/guardians: October 2, 2023 - November 17, 2023 (when the online application is submitted)
Confirmation/Correction Letters for on-time applications will be sent to parents/guardians: Mid-December 2023
Late Choices applications may be submitted: Beginning February 1, 2024
Program Eligibility Letters will be sent to parents/guardians: February 2024
Selection/Waiting List Letters will be sent to parents/guardians: March 2024
Deadline for selected students to accept or decline placement: April 2024
Specific dates will be posted, when available, at https://apply.lausd.net
SAS Verification of Eligibility Process
- SAS Applicants Currently Attending an LAUSD School
In January 2024, the District will conduct an online verification of eligibility process for current on-time District applicants to SAS, including students enrolled in the Virtual Academy and City of Angels Independent Study School. A Verification of Eligibility form is not required for students currently enrolled in a District site. Principals will receive an online list of SAS applicants who do not meet gifted identification or test score criteria (if applicable). Principals will work with the GATE coordinator and teachers to verify these applicants based on the four critical thinking and problem-solving skills criteria. Parents/guardians are encouraged to speak to school staff regarding eligibility criteria before submitting an application. Late online verification for the on-time application period will not be accepted; the recommendation submitted by the administrator is final. For the late application period, verification for District applicants will occur if/when a late/waitlist seat is offered. This verification process is conducted between the SAS site and the current District school of attendance.
- SAS Applicants NOT Currently Attending an LAUSD School
A Verification of Eligibility form is required for students currently enrolled in a private school, independent charter or non-District school, including incoming kindergarten students enrolled in a non-District preschool or Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK). Two versions of the form are available based on grade level, SAS Kindergarten and Grades 1-12. Forms are available for download at https://eChoices.LAUSD.net or printed from the Choices "Print Confirmation" application receipt. For the on-time process, the parent/guardian must submit the Verification of Eligibility form as well as complete the Choices application by November 17, 2023. Please refer to https://eChoices.LAUSD.net (click "Who is eligible?) or the Choices brochure for detailed directions about submitting the form, if applicable. Late forms will not be accepted for the on-time application period; the recommendation submitted by the administrator is final. For the late application period, verification for non-District applicants will occur if/when a late/waitlist seat is offered. This verification process will require that the non-District school submit the Verification of Eligibility form directly to the SAS site. (DO NOT send the Verification of Eligibility form for late applicants to Unified Enrollment.)
Verification of Eligibility Forms
- Kindergarten SAS Applicants NOT Currently Attending Preschool or Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK)
A process has been developed to assist District staff in verifying the eligibility of incoming kindergarten applicants to SAS who are not currently enrolled in preschool or UTK. Parents/guardians must review the Parent/Guardian Guide and Eligibility Exemplars. The parent/guardian must submit the verification evidence as well as complete the Choices application by November 17, 2023. Late evidence will not be accepted; the recommendation determination by District personnel is final. For the late application period, parents/guardians of applicants who are not enrolled in preschool or UTK, may submit the verification portfolio prior to being offered a late/waitlist seat. Please follow the directions below; email GATE@lausd.net if there are questions.
Informational Guides for SAS Kindergarten Applicants NOT Enrolled in Preschool/UTK
- Homeschooled SAS Applicants
A process has been developed to assist District staff in verifying the eligibility of homeschooled applicants to SAS who do not have a verifying organization. (Homeschooled applicants with a verifying organization, e.g., independent charter school, must follow procedures for SAS applicants not currently attending an LAUSD school.) For more information about the verification process for homeschooled applicants, please email GATE@lausd.net.
Informational Guides for SAS Homeschool Applicants