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School for Advanced Studies


The School for Advanced Studies (SAS) program is a high-level, intensive academic program which has been implemented throughout the district to meet the needs of highly able learners. 
SAS classrooms utilize instructional strategies which are differentiated to meet the unique learning needs of students who perform markedly beyond their peers. Teachers use acceleration, depth, complexity, and novelty to meet the needs of students. The SAS program offers an intensive academic articulated program in which both traditional and innovative courses are taught. The course content is modified to match the students' achievement level or capacity for learning.
Our SAS program is offered at each grade level, 6-8, and offers a clustered model. This means that SAS students share common core academic classes, which allow teachers to collaborate on student progress.
Admission to SAS
The School for Advanced Studies program is open to all students in the Los Angeles Unified School District who have demonstrated a commitment to high academic achievement and meet one of the following criteria:
1. State identification as gifted in the intellectual, high achievement, or specific academic category;
2. Student is currently on the magnet waiting list for gifted/high-ability or highly gifted magnet centers;
3. Have national percentile scores of 85 or above on standardized achievement tests in both total reading and total mathematics;
4. Demonstrate ability in all four of the critical thinking and problem-solving skills in thei primary language:
  • 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.
SAS students are expected to earn grades of A's and B's in all of their academic classes. If you notice that your child is not working to his/her full potential, please contact your child's teacher or the SAS coordinator and we will work together to ensure that your child gets the help he/she needs.
*For more information, please contact Mr. Barbeau