Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School

SAS Program Application

SAS 2019-2020 applications are now available online at https://apply.lausd.net/.

SAS Late Application Period: February 2019 - Fall 2019
SAS Application Period: October 1 - November 16, 2019
Applications are available online at https://apply.lausd.net/
Acceptance deadline: April 5, 2019

Please contact us for information.


Students who meet the eligibility criteria and who reside within the LAUSD boundaries may apply. Transportation services are not provided. Student permit applications may be obtained at the local school or may be downloaded from this webpage by clicking on the links below.


The 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. SAS schools may be contacted directly to inquire about specific enrollment procedures (i.e., lottery or date/time-stamp), 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 and timeline DO NOT APPLY TO:

  1. Qualified resident students: Qualified resident students must be accommodated in the SAS program before any non-resident SAS permits are granted by the school. No application is required.
  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. 


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

First priority:  Qualifying students who live within school boundaries (no SAS permit application is required).

Second priority:  Qualifying students who live outside school boundaries, but within LAUSD boundaries (SAS permit application is required).


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. SAS is available to LAUSD students in grades K–12 who meet ONE OF THREE criteria.  The child's teacher and the principal of the school your child is currently attending is responsible for determining if your child meets one of these criteria AND must maintain records of supporting evidence at the school site.  

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 Categories.

2.    Students who scored in the “Standards Exceeded” range on the SBAC assessment or have TOTAL nationalscores 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.