Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School

SAS Program Application

Unified Enrollment applications is available
October 1 - November 13, 2020
To apply, go to https://apply.lausd.net 
Choices Timeline 2020-2021:
On-time Choices applications may be submitted: October 1, 2020 - November 13, 2020
Email receipts for online applicants will be sent to parents/guardians: October 1, 2020 - November 13, 2020
Confirmation/Correction Letters will be sent to parents/guardians: Mid-December 2020
Program Eligibility Letters will be sent to parents/guardians: February 2021
Selection/Waiting List Letters will be sent to parent/guardians: Mid-March 2021
Deadline for selected students to accept or decline placement: April 2021
Specific dates will be posted, when available, at https://apply.lausd.net  
Please contact us for information or go to the LAUSD SAS website
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.   

A) Student is identified as gifted by an L.A. Unified designated GATE psychologist in the Intellectual Ability, High Achievement Ability, Specific Academic Ability, Creative Ability or Leadership Ability category. OR
B) Student received total national percentile scores of 85 or above on a District-approved standardized achievement test in 2020, if applicable. Note: Due to the elimination of the 2019-2020 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), this criterion has been modified for this year only. OR
C) Student demonstrates the ability to meet ALL FOUR critical thinking and problem-solving skills (in primary language):
a) Explain meanings or relationships among facts, information or concepts that demonstrate depth and complexity
b) Formulate new ideas or solutions and elaborate on the information
c) Use alternative methods in approaching new or unfamiliar mathematical problems
d) Use extensive vocabulary easily and accurately to express creative ideas

The school of attendance will determine if your child demonstrates all four skills for this criterion (i.e., four critical thinking and problem-solving skills). Applicants verified through the four critical thinking and problem-solving skills criterion must also demonstrate the ability or strong potential to work two years above grade level in academic subjects. NOTE: Kindergarten SAS applicants must also be verified using the SAS kindergarten-specific criteria on the Verification of Eligibility (SAS Kindergarten) form. The recommendation submitted by the current school of attendance is final.

To ensure equity and access, each of the three SAS eligibility criteria carries equal weight in the selection process. Therefore, priority placement cannot be given to students identified as gifted/highly gifted or those who meet test score criteria. For inquiries related to gifted identification or SAS eligibility, contact Gifted/Talented Programs at (213) 241-8361 or gate@lausd.net.