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SAS Eligibility Criteria as stated by LAUSD

Applicants must meet one of three eligibility criteria:

  1. 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.  
  2. Students who scored in the “Exceeds Standards” 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 identified as gifted/talented in LAUSD in the Intellectual, High Achievement, Specific Academic, Creative, or Leadership Ability Categories.


Students who are on the wait-list of "current" Magnet Programs for Gifted/High Ability and Highly Gifted Students can submit the wait-list notification letter as verification to apply to the SAS programs.


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).