When is the on-time application period ?
The application window opens Oct. 1 - Nov. 12, 2021. Families may submit a paper application or apply online at GoTo.Lausd.Net.
Are on-time applications processed on a first-come-first-served basis?
No. Applications received during the on-time application period will be processed after the application window closes. Students are selected according to the school’s selection priorities.
What if there are more applications than seats available for a program?
A random, unbiased selection process will be conducted centrally and students will be placed in accordance with the school’s priorities for attendance.
What is the application process for Admission Criteria Schools (ACSs)?

The application process to an ACS is as follows:

  1. Families apply to the ACS of their choice from 10/1/21-11/12/21.
  2. ACS contacts applicants to conduct their eligibility processes.
  3. Parents receive Confirmation/Correction letters in December 2021.
  4. Parents receive Eligibility letters in February 2022.
  5. In March 2022, a placement (random, unbiased selection process if needed) is conducted.
  6. Choices selection letters are sent to parents/guardians. The deadline is early April 2022 to accept or decline.
  7. Families call ACS for enrollment procedures
What if a student doesn't submit an application within the on-time application period of Oct. 1 - Nov. 12 and wants to enroll in an ACS?
They may apply during the late application period, which begins February 1, 2022. Students will be placed in the order the applications are received based on space availability.
Will families be allowed to submit a paper application?
Yes. Paper applications will be available at the school sites, Local Districts, Parent & Community Services Offices, Welcome Centers at Local Districts, and Los Angeles City Public Libraries. It is the responsibility of the family to mail their child's paper application via US mail to the District office. Both online and paper applications will be treated the same when submitted during the on-time period.
Should a school accept a paper application?
No. Families are responsible for submitting paper applications via US Mail to Unified Enrollment, P.O. Box 513307, Los Angeles, CA 90051.
If a student comes to enroll on the first day of school and there is space available, do they need to complete a Late Choices application?
Yes. All new students participating in an ACS must submit a Choices application.
Do students currently enrolled in an ACS need to re-apply?
No. Only students changing schools need to re-apply.
Since families are applying through the Choices application, will ACS applicants accrue points?
No. Only students applying for magnet programs will accrue magnet priority points.
How many ACSs may a family apply for using the online or paper on-time application?
Families may apply for one ACS during the on-time application window.
What if a family doesn't have access to a computer?
Families may access smart phones, school computers, public libraries, Welcome Centers at Local Districts or parent centers to apply online. Families may also submit a paper application via US mail to the Unified Enrollment, P.O. Box 513307, Los Angeles, CA 90051.
Can a student be offered a seat in multiple programs and schools?
Yes. The family will have until the acceptance deadline (early April 2022) to accept the program that is best suited for their child.
Will transportation be provided for Admission Criteria Schools students?

No, transportation is not provided for ACS.

Exceptions:

· Students with disabilities enrolling in an Admission Criteria School will have access to transportation if the student’s IEP requires transportation.
· Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), foster youth in out-of-home care, as defined, and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to receive transportation to and from their school of origin. Please contact Student Support Programs at (213) 241-3840 for more information and/or assistance.

Who will I contact for additional programmatic questions?
Please contact the Choices Support Line at (213) 241-4177.
When will the applications be delivered to schools?
Applications will be delivered during the week of September 27, 2021.
Will I receive any support to train staff on the new online application?
Yes. We have prepared an online tutorial on how to complete the application under the "Need Help?" section at Apply.lausd.net. Face-to-Face trainings are available upon request.
Will students living within LAUSD boundaries need an Intra-District permit to attend an ACS School at a location other than their home school?
Will students living within LAUSD boundaries need an Intra-District permit to attend an ACS School at a location other than their home school?
What if space becomes available?
If space becomes available, ACS schools are responsible for contacting Late Applicants, verifying their eligibility and accepting eligible students.
Will students living outside LAUSD boundaries need an Inter-District permit to attend an ACS school?
ACS welcomes students living outside LAUSD boundaries. Please contact the ACS school directly for more information.
What are Affiliated Charter Schools?
Affiliated Charter Schools are District public schools that converted to affiliated charter status through a charter petition process. The schools are authorized by the L.A. Unified Board of Education and operate in accordance with District policy, Board Rules, and state and federal law.

Affiliated Charter Schools receive direct oversight by a Local District office and the L.A. Unified Charter Schools Division. These schools have some additional flexibility of local control of funding, curriculum and instruction, professional development, local school governance, and some aspects of employee selection.
What is the CHOICES on-time application timeline?
The CHOICES on-time application window will open October 1, 2021, and close on November 12, 2021. Applications received before the application deadline, November 12, 2021, will be included in the public random lottery, if needed. A late application will be available beginning February 1, 2022. Late applicants are not included in the school lottery.
Who can attend an Affiliated Charter School?
Any student who lives in California can apply to an Affiliated Charter School. Parents who live outside of the school attendance boundary apply through the CHOICES application at http://apply.lausd.net, or with the CHOICES brochure, for grades Transitional Kindergarten (TK) – 12th grade. Parents who live in the school attendance boundary do not apply and directly contact the school for enrollment.
If I apply for an Affiliated Charter School and live outside of the L.A. Unified School District boundaries, do I need a permit?
It is not necessary to use an inter-district permit to apply for admission to an Affiliated Charter School. If you live within California, you may apply online at http://apply.lausd.net or with our CHOICES brochure paper application.
Do students that live in the school’s attendance boundary need to apply through CHOICES?
No, students who live in the Affiliated Charter School’s resident attendance boundary do not apply through Unified Enrollment. Students that live in the attendance boundary go directly to the Affiliated Charter School to enroll. Parents can use the School Search Tool at http://explore.lausd.net to see if their address is within the resident attendance boundary.
How do students that apply get selected for admission to an Affiliated Charter School?
If there is more interest in enrollment than space available, the school must hold a random public lottery for the remaining seats. In the lottery, the remaining seats are offered to students that live within L.A. Unified’s (District’s) attendance boundary before other students.
When and how will the lottery be conducted?
During the month of February, the Affiliated Charter school shall conduct its public random drawing (lottery) for non-resident boundary students only, if there are more applicants than seats available. Information regarding the date and procedure for the lottery will be communicated by the Affiliated Charter School to parents, posted on the school’s website, and made readily available in the main office.
I have a child already attending the Affiliated Charter School, will my applying child get a sibling priority?
When a lottery is conducted, priorities are given to on-time applications in the following order:
  • Siblings of students attending and continuing at the school AND that also live within L.A. Unified (District) boundaries.
  • All other applicants that live within District boundaries.
  • Siblings of students attending and are continuing at the school and do not live within District boundaries.
  • All other applicants that do not live within District boundaries.
I have applied for siblings that share the same birth date (twins, triplets, etc.). What happens if one gets selected in the lottery and the other does not?
Beginning with the 2022-2023 CHOICES application, multiple-birth applicants (e.g., twins, triplets) that reside at the same address and apply to the same program in the same year will be placed consecutively in the Choices selection process.
Will there be any changes to how parents apply if my Affiliated Charter school is also a full magnet, SAS, or Dual Language Education program?
Parents will continue to apply for full magnets and magnet centers through the CHOICES brochure as they have always done. For SAS or Dual Language Education programs at an Affiliated Charter, parents first apply and must be accepted into the Affiliated Charter School. If a student is selected for a designated SAS or Dual Language 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.
Who is responsible for notifying parents of their selection and waitlist status?
Unified Enrollment will send selection/waitlist letters for On-Time Applicants in mid-March 2022.
What if I missed the on-time application window?
The late application window will be available beginning February 1, 2022. Late applications are added to the waiting list in the order received. Parents that apply using the late application will only be contacted by the school if a seat is available and your child is next on the waiting list. Parents may contact the school directly to inquire about their status on the waiting list beginning in April 2022.
Can a child accept multiple placements?
While a family may apply for multiple schools, be offered and waitlisted for multiple schools, a child/family can only accept one placement.
Can an applicant remain on waitlist(s) if they accept a CHOICES placement?
Applicants will remain on the waiting list for all Affiliated Charter Schools they apply to (if not previously selected), even if they accept placement to another Affiliated Charter School or other CHOICES program. Applicants will remain on the waiting list for one school year only.
Is there transportation?
BEFORE MAKING YOUR SELECTION, PLEASE NOTE THAT TRANSPORTATION IS NOT PROVIDED FOR AFFILIATED CHARTER SCHOOLS. Exceptions: Students with disabilities enrolling in an Affiliated Charter School will have access to transportation if the student’s IEP requires transportation. Under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), foster youth in out-of-home care, as defined, and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to receive transportation to and from their school of origin. Please contact Student Support Programs at (213) 241-3840 for more information and/or assistance.
Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact the specific Affiliated Charter School directly about their instructional program, goals, and public random lottery process. Please contact the Charter Schools Division for other inquiries at (213) 241-0399.
Is the Dual Language Education program for English Learners?
Yes. All students, including English Learners, benefit from Dual Language Education programs.
Are there any requirements to enroll my child in a Dual Language Education (DLE) program?

Students may enter the program at any time in grades Transitional Kindergarten (TK)-1st Grade and continue in the program.Students entering the program after 1st grade must demonstrate literacy in the target language comparable to students in the program.In some cases, a new student who has proficiency in the target language (Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Arabic, French, Armenian, Japanese) can enroll in a dual language program after 1st grade.Consult your local dual language program school for details and enrollment procedures.

Are Dual Language Education programs the same as Two-Way Immersion programs?
Dual Language is an umbrella term used nationwide. A Two-Way Immersion Program is one of three different dual language programs offered in L.A. Unified. Two-Way Immersion Programs are designed for both English learners and English speakers.
What languages are available in L.A. Unified Dual Language Education programs?
  • Currently, L.A. Unified offers Two-Way Immersion Programs in Spanish/English, Korean/English, Arabic/English, Mandarin/English, Japanese/English, and Armenian/English in selected elementary, middle, and high schools.  The program goals are bilingualism and biliteracy.
  • The One-Way Immersion Program offers Spanish/English, Armenian/English, and Korean/English in selected elementary and secondary schools.  The program goals are bilingualism and biliteracy.
  • The World Language Immersion Program offers programs in Spanish/English and Korean/English in selected elementary and secondary schools.  The program goals are bilingualism and biliteracy.
Will students living within L.A. Unified boundaries need an Intra-District permit to attend a Dual Language Education program at a location other than their home school?
No. Intra-District (within L.A. Unified) permits are no longer required for these programs.
Will students living outside of L.A. Unified boundaries need an Inter-District permit to attend a Dual Language Education program?
Yes. Parents need to apply for an incoming Inter-District permit when selected for their DLE School of choice. For information about Inter-District permits, visit the Office of Student Health & Human Services at https://achieve.lausd.net/shhs .
Will transportation be provided for Dual Language Education program students?
No. Transportation will not be provided for the Dual Language Education program students. However, students with disabilities enrolling in a Dual Language Education program will have access to transportation if the student’s IEP requires transportation. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), foster youth in out-of-home care, as defined, and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to receive transportation to and from their school of origin. Please contact Student Support Programs at (213) 241-3840 for more information and/or assistance.
When do I need to apply?
The Choices application window is October 1-November 12, 2021. If you miss the application window, the late application period begins February 1, 2022. Late applicants are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. (Students are placed in the order of their selection preferences.)
Are On-time applications processed on a first-come, first-served basis?
No. Applications received during the on-time application period will be processed after the application window closes. Students are placed according to their enrollment placement preferences.
What if there are more applications than seats available for a program?
An unbiased, electronic selection will be conducted centrally, and students will be placed in accordance with the priorities for attendance. Siblings of current students in the dual language programs have priority for attendance. If there are more applicants than spaces available for a given grade, students will be placed on a waiting list.
I do not have access to internet; can I submit a paper application? Where can I get assistance with completing the application?
School sites, Los Angeles City Public Libraries and Local District Offices have copies of the Choices brochure and paper application. Parent workshops and fairs will be held to assist parents with filling out the application. Submit paper applications to Unified Enrollment, P.O. Box 513307, Los Angeles CA 90051.
Will resident students have priority enrollment?
Yes, within the application window. Resident students who apply during the on-time application window are selected after resident siblings. Resident students, who apply during the late application window, are selected after resident siblings and in the order; the late Choices application was received. The number of students who are selected depends on each school’s seat availability.
Do students currently enrolled in a Dual Language Education Program need to re-apply?
No. However, a new application is needed for matriculating students and for students wishing to attend another Dual Language Education school.
Since families are applying through the Choices application, will Dual Language Education applicants accrue points?
No. Only students applying for Magnet programs will accrue Magnet priority points.
How many different school programs can I apply to?
Parents can apply to all 6 programs (Magnet, PWT, Dual Language Education, Admission Criteria Schools, Schools for Advanced Studies, and Affiliated Charter Schools) in the Choices application. For Magnet, Dual Language Education, and Schools for Advanced Studies, you may apply for up to three choices for each program during the on-time application window.
How many programs could I be selected to?
You could be selected to all programs to which you applied. However, you may only accept one program by the April 2022 deadline.
Who will I contact regarding Dual Language Education Programs?
Please contact the Choices Support Line at (213) 241-4177.
What is the magnet program?
Magnet programs are court-ordered voluntary integration opportunities available to students in grades K-12 living within L.A. Unified. Currently there are 330 magnet programs located throughout L.A. Unified.
Who can apply to magnet programs?
All students living within the boundaries of L.A. Unified are eligible to apply, including English learners, special education, and gifted/talented students.
What is the difference between magnet and gifted?
The magnet program is a court-ordered voluntary integration program open to all L.A. Unified students. Fifty-six (56) of the 330 magnet programs available are Gifted or Highly Gifted programs. In order to apply to one of these 56 programs, students must first meet the eligibility criteria.
How do I apply for a magnet school?
You may complete the application on-line at eChoices.lausd.net or the Choices Brochure contains the application for the magnet schools and is available the beginning of October.
Can I apply to more than one magnet?
Students may apply for up to three magnet programs. If the applicant is selected to their first choice, choice two and three are not considered. If the applicant is selected into any program of their choice, the student will not be placed on any waiting list. If there is no space available in any of their choices, the student will be placed on the waiting list for their first choice only.
How do I submit the application?
All applications are to be sent via U.S. mail or submitted online. Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for lost applications.
What happens if I miss the application deadline?
Parents may submit Late Applications beginning February 1, 2022. If space becomes available the school’s magnet coordinator will contact you. The Late Application does not guarantee placement at the school site.
How are students accepted into magnet programs?
Students are selected based on the magnet program goal and are randomly accepted into magnet programs based on the number of priority points they accrue. The number of students selected is based on the number of available spaces at a particular school. Any student who sent in an on-time application, but was not selected, is placed on a waiting list for their first choice only.
Are students selected on a first-come first-served basis?
No. The selection process is random and occurs after the on-time application deadline.
Is there guaranteed selection if I apply?
No. Applicants are not guaranteed selection.
How do I know if my child was selected or not?
In December, you will receive a letter confirming receipt of your child’s application. In March, you will be notified by mail or via the parent account as to whether your child was selected or placed on the waiting list.
What is my child's status on the waiting list?
Your child’s status will depend on the number of openings at the school of application as well as the number of applicants. You may call the school to inquire about potential selection.
When will my child get called from the waiting list?
If a space becomes available, calls to students on the waiting list may begin as early as April and continue through the fourth week of the fall semester. Students may also be called during the first two weeks of the spring semester.
Do I have to reapply every year?
Students who are currently enrolled in a magnet program do not have to reapply unless they want to change schools (this includes promotion to the next school level, such as elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school). If a student remains on a waiting list then the student should reapply.
What is the PWT program?
Permits With Transportation (PWT) is one of L.A. Unified's original integration programs and was established as a Court-Order to provide students with integrated school experiences within our district. PWT school assignments are made by the District to one of the following schools: Revere MS, Portola MS or Taft HS. The PWT program does not provide transportation to magnets or any other choices program.
What do I do first if I am interested in PWT?
Students who are in grades 6-12 during the 2021-2022 school year and reside within the following L.A. Unified resident school boundary sending areas are eligible to apply for the PWT program:

Middle School Sending Areas:
Audubon, Drew, Gompers, Harte Prep, Mann, Muir and Obama Global

High School Sending Areas:
Ánimo College Prep., Crenshaw, Dorsey, Jordan, Locke, Manual Arts and Washington Prep.
Can I choose the school I want for my child?
No, the District assigns a school to you. The PWT schools are Revere MS, Portola MS and Taft HS.
Why does the District select the school?
Enrollment meetings are held annually to verify that space is available in schools. These meetings take place after the Choices deadline date. This makes it impossible to name PWT receiving schools before April of each year. In addition, Transportation patterns and bus stops have already been established; therefore, no new schools will be added. The current receiving schools are Paul Revere Charter MS, Portola MS and Taft HS.
Where will the student be picked-up?
Transportation routes have already been established for the PWT program. You will be notified about transportation by US mail the week before the new school year begins. For information about existing bus routes please call (213) 580-2950.
Do I need to reapply every year if the student does not get in?
New PWT applicants need to reapply on a yearly basis if the student does not get into PWT the first year. Once he/she is in PWT you do not need to reapply to continue to stay at the current PWT school. Provided that space continues to be available, PWT students may continue from middle to high school. However, matriculating students need to submit an on-time application and respond by opting-in by the April deadline or they will default to their resident school program.
If I have two children, can they both attend a PWT receiving school?
Yes, if space is available and they reside in a PWT sending area and both applications are returned before the deadline date, both children could participate in the selection process. When space is available, the PWT program will assign siblings to the same school.
Do PWT receiving schools have waiting lists?
Yes, PWT receiving schools have waiting lists if more students apply than there is space available at the school.
Do I have to transfer my child if I don’t want to?
You do not have to transfer your child. You may decide that keeping him or her at their current school is the best choice.
What if my child is a special education student?
If your child is receiving special education services, they must be implemented per the Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Division of Special Education will assist in making the PWT program assignment according to the child’s IEP and the District’s guidelines.
What kind of program will my child be enrolled in at the PWT school?
Your child may participate in all programs and activities available at the PWT school.
May I participate in the school/community activities at the PWT school?
Yes. Parents are encouraged to participate in advisory councils, school site councils, PTA, and other functions at the PWT school.
Do I still have to enroll my child at the PWT school when I receive my Confirmation Letter?
Yes. When you receive the Selection Letter, contact the PWT school to get information about the school’s enrollment procedures.
When will my child get called from the waiting list?
Calls to students on the waiting list may begin as early as April and continue through the fourth week of the fall semester. Students may also be called during the first two weeks of the spring semester.
What is Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS)?
Schools for Advanced Studies (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 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. School choice is not the primary purpose of SAS, rather, the goal of SAS is to recognize and nurture model demonstration sites at resident schools to share innovative, equitable and effective GATE practices Districtwide. Resident schools must undergo a rigorous application process every five years to obtain/maintain SAS designation. SAS sites exemplify the District’s expectations for high-quality GATE implementation at all K-12 schools. SAS teachers and administrators are required to participate annually in professional development specifically tailored to address the unique academic and social-emotional needs of gifted/talented learners. Currently there are 133 SAS sites located throughout L.A. Unified. (Independent charter schools, Magnet programs, and Dual Language Education programs are not eligible for the SAS designation.)
Who can apply to Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS)?
K-12 applicants must reside within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District and meet specific eligibility requirements. Applicants must meet one of three eligibility criteria:
  • 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
  • Student received total national percentile scores of 85 or above on a District-approved standardized achievement test in 2021, if applicable. Note: Due to the elimination of the 2020-2021 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), this criterion has been modified for this year only. OR
  • Student is verified as meeting ALL FOUR critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Pre-K and TK SAS classes are not available. Detailed eligibility criteria for SAS, as well as the corresponding verification processes and forms, are outlined on the eChoices website and in the Choices brochure.
What is the difference between Gifted Magnet and SAS?
The Magnet Program is a Court-Ordered voluntary integration program, coordinated by Student Integration Services, open to all L.A. Unified students. Some of the Magnet programs available are designated as Gifted or Highly Gifted. In order to apply to one of these programs through the Choices process, students must first meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Choices brochure. Schools for Advanced Studies, coordinated by Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, are model GATE demonstration sites at resident schools. SAS is the GATE instructional program at designated resident schools. Students residing within the boundaries of a designated SAS school who meet the eligibility criteria must be placed in the site’s SAS gifted/talented program (unless a parent has opted out). Students residing within L.A. Unified boundaries – but outside the SAS site’s residential boundaries – may apply for participation through the Choices process. If spaces are available – after accommodating all students who meet eligibility criteria and who reside within the school’s residential boundaries – a selection process for qualifying SAS applicants will be conducted. In order to participate in SAS, students must first meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Choices brochure. Gifted Magnets, Highly Gifted Magnets and Schools for Advanced Studies cluster gifted/high ability students for instruction and provide differentiated instruction with an emphasis on depth, complexity, novelty and acceleration. The eligibility criteria to apply to Gifted Magnets and SAS are identical. To qualify to apply for a Highly Gifted Magnet, the applicant must meet the qualifying score on an Intellectual Ability assessment administered by an L.A. Unified designated GATE psychologist. Eligibility criteria for all programs, as well as the corresponding verification processes and forms, are outlined on the eChoices website and in the Choices brochure.
How do I apply for an SAS site?
You may complete the application online at GoTo.LAUSD.net or the Choices brochure contains the application for SAS sites and is available October 1, 2021. The application and verification forms, if applicable, are due November 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Please note that if your school of residence has the SAS designation, you do not apply for SAS participation through the Choices process. Students residing within the boundaries of a designated SAS school who meet the eligibility criteria must be placed in the site’s SAS gifted/talented program (unless a parent has opted out). No formal application is required for a qualified student who resides within the school’s boundaries. Your child’s eligibility will be verified at the SAS site through District records and articulation with the sending school. If you have questions, contact the school directly. If the SAS site is an Affiliated Charter, in a Zone of Choice (ZOC), or is an Admission Criteria School, see the corresponding FAQ for application information.
How is my child verified as eligible to apply to SAS?
For an applicant to be eligible for SAS, the student must be verified as meeting one of the criteria outlined in the Choices brochure (pages 7-8) prior to November 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

L.A. Unified Applicants (Currently Enrolled in an L.A. Unified School):

Although L.A. Unified applicants must meet the required program-specific criteria outlined in the Choices brochure, a Verification of Eligibility (SAS Kindergarten) form or Verification of Eligibility (Grades 1-12) form is NOT required for applicants (grades K-12) currently enrolled in an L.A. Unified school. Upon receipt of an application, the District will automatically verify eligibility through a District verification process in January.

Private School, Independent Charter and Non- L.A. Unified Applicants:

The parents/guardians of private school, independent charter, and non-L.A. Unified students who are applying to Schools for Advanced Studies must follow the procedures outlined on the eChoices website and in the Choices brochure and verify that the student’s current school of attendance has submitted the required verification form by November 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.:

For an applicant, previously identified as gifted/highly gifted by an L.A. Unified designated GATE psychologist, who is currently attending a private school, independent charter, or non- L.A. Unified school, the parent must submit a Verification of Eligibility form to ensure that the applicant is included in the District database.

Verification of Eligibility forms are available to download on the eChoices website (select SAS and Who is Eligible?) or by emailing a request to giftedverification@lausd.net. The Verification of Eligibility form must be submitted in addition to a Choices application. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that the completed Verification of Eligibility form is submitted by the school of attendance prior to the deadline.
What are the criteria for an incoming kindergarten student applying to an SAS site?
All kindergarten SAS applicants must be verified by the administrator of the preschool or the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program as meeting the third eligibility criterion (i.e., critical thinking and problem-solving skills), as well as the SAS kindergarten-specific criteria listed on the Verification of Eligibility (SAS Kindergarten) form. For kindergarten applicants who are not enrolled in preschool or TK, please contact Gifted/Talented Programs at (213) 241-4177 or GATE@lausd.net for information regarding verification procedures. You may also visit the Gifted/Talented Programs website at https://achieve.lausd.net/gate (select Program Options and SAS).
What are the SAS kindergarten-specific criteria listed on the Verification of Eligibility (SAS Kindergarten) form?
In addition to meeting the critical thinking and problem-solving skills criteria, an incoming kindergarten student must demonstrate at least ten of the twenty SAS kindergarten-specific criteria.

  • Can work independently with evidence of goal-directed behavior
  • Uses descriptive words in sentences and uses language to express emotions, ideas, and opinions (in primary language)
  • Can tell or retell a story with detailed description and expression (in primary language)
  • Can recognize and repeat complex patterning sequences and create own patterns
  • Can follow multi-step directions with little guidance or redirection
  • Identifies the letters A to Z, knows the sounds of all of the letters of the alphabet, and can write many of the letters
  • Able to orally count to 100, visually identify numbers from 1 to 100, and write numbers 1 to 25
  • Demonstrates innate or accelerated understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Able to remember information and experiences (e.g., can recite song lyrics, recall facts, etc.) and make connections
  • Able to recognize sight words and read with fluency and comprehension
  • Demonstrates strong concern for others and their feelings; strong sense of justice
  • Initiates play sessions, coordinates and integrates multiple complementary roles, and considers the actions of others
  • Uses unconventional objects in play activities
  • Interacts easily with peers; frequently sought out by peers for companionship, ideas, and decisions
  • Demonstrates mature sense of humor; responds to and creates riddles and verbal associations
  • Demonstrates evidence of reasoning, logical thinking, creativity, and spontaneous incorporation of academic activities into free play
  • Expresses ideas, seeks information through questioning, and enjoys interacting verbally with adults and older children
  • Demonstrates advanced task commitment and energy when learning
  • Able to remember complex information and decode symbolic systems (e.g., maps, codes, etc.)
  • Demonstrates curiosity; displays unexpected depth of knowledge in one or more areas
What should I do if my kindergarten applicant did not participate in preschool or TK?
Please contact Gifted/Talented Programs at GATE@lausd.net or (213) 241-4177 for information regarding alternative verification procedures for applicants not enrolled in school. Information will also be available on the Gifted/Talented Programs website at https://achieve.lausd.net/gate (select Program Options and SAS).
Can I apply to more than one SAS site?
Students may apply for up to three SAS sites. If the applicant is selected to their first choice, choice two and three are not considered. If the applicant is selected into any program of their choice, the student will not be placed on any waiting list. If there is no space available in any of their choices, the student will be placed on the waiting list for their first choice only.
May I fax my application?
No. All applications are to be sent via U. S. mail or submitted online. Online submission is encouraged, if applicable, since online applicants will receive confirmation and notification letters via email. L.A. Unified cannot be held responsible for lost applications or verification forms.
What happens if I miss the on-time application deadline?
Parents/guardians may submit late applications beginning February 1, 2022. Late applicants will be placed on the school’s waiting list after on-time applicants. If space becomes available the school will contact you directly. The late application does not guarantee placement at the school site. The late Verification of Eligibility form, if applicable, should be submitted directly to the SAS site if/when the parent/guardian is contacted about an available seat. (Do not submit Verification of Eligibility forms for late applicants to Unified Enrollment.)
How are students accepted into SAS?
Once eligibility is verified, applicants are randomly selected through a fair and unbiased process to attend SAS sites. The number of students selected is based on the number of available spaces at a particular school (students who reside within the school’s boundaries MUST be accommodated first). The number of available seats varies by school and grade level. Some SAS designated sites are able to accommodate all applicants, while others have limited space available for students who reside outside the school’s residential boundaries.

If spaces are available – after accommodating all students who meet eligibility criteria and who reside within the school’s boundaries – a selection process for qualifying SAS applicants will be conducted in this order:
 1) Siblings residing within L.A.Unified boundaries (must meet SAS eligibility criteria)
 2) Students residing within L.A.Unified boundaries (must meet SAS eligibility criteria)

There is no priority point accrual process for Schools for Advanced Studies.

To ensure equity and access, each of the three SAS eligibility criteria carries equal weight in the selection process. Therefore, priority placement is not given to students identified as gifted/highly gifted or those who meet test score criteria.
Are students selected on a first-come first-served basis?
No. The selection process is random and occurs after the on-time application deadline. All eligible applicants are included in the selection process.
Is there guaranteed selection if I apply?
No. Applicants are not guaranteed selection.
How do I know if my child was selected or not?
In December, you will receive a letter confirming receipt of your child’s application indicating any corrections, if applicable. In February, you will receive a letter that provides information about your child’s eligibility for the selected program(s). If eligible, in March, you will be notified by online parent account or U.S. mail as to whether your child was selected or placed on the waiting list.
What is my child's status on the waiting list?
Your child’s status will depend on the number of openings at the school of choice as well as the number of applicants. You may call the school to inquire about estimated capacity.
When will my child get called from the waiting list?
Applicants on the waiting list may be contacted beginning as early as April until the fourth week of the fall semester. Applicants may also be contacted during the first two weeks of the spring semester.
Do I have to reapply every year?
Students who are currently enrolled in an SAS site do not have to reapply unless they want to change schools (this includes promotion to the next school level, such as elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school). If a student remains on a waiting list, then the student should reapply.

If a resident student is participating in SAS but moves outside of the school’s residential boundaries, this student would need to apply through the Choices process for continued participation (space is not guaranteed). If a student moves outside of L.A. Unified boundaries, this student is no longer eligible to apply for SAS.
What if my resident school has the SAS designation?
Students residing within the boundaries of a designated SAS school who meet the eligibility criteria must be placed in the site’s SAS gifted/talented program (unless a parent has opted out). All qualified students who reside within the school’s boundaries must be accommodated before any SAS applicants are enrolled. No formal application is required for a qualified student who resides within the school’s boundaries since SAS is the school site’s GATE instructional program for its students. Student eligibility will be verified at the SAS site through District records and articulation with the sending school. If you have questions, contact the school directly.
What if the SAS site is an Affiliated Charter School?
Student selection, enrollment and placement in the SAS gifted/talented program at Affiliated Charter Schools must be conducted in accordance with the State and District legal requirements established for charter schools. If a student is selected for an SAS site through the 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 SAS enrollment procedures, please refer to the Affiliated Charter Schools section of the eChoices website or the Choices brochure.
What if the SAS site is in a Zone of Choice (ZOC)?

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 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.

For information about Zones of Choice, contact the ZOC office at (213) 241-0466 or at http://achieve.lausd.net/zoc.

What if the SAS site is an Admission Criteria School?
One SAS designated site, Dr. Richard A. Vladovic Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, is an Admission Criteria School. As such, student selection, enrollment and placement will be conducted in accordance with local school policy. Refer to the Admission Criteria Schools section of the eChoices website or the Choices brochure or call the school directly.
Is there transportation for SAS?

No, transportation is not provided for SAS.

Exceptions:

  • Students with disabilities enrolling in a Schools for Advanced Studies site will have access to transportation if the student’s IEP requires transportation.
  • Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), foster youth in out-of-home care, as defined, and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to receive transportation to and from their school of origin. Please contact Student Support Programs at (213) 241-3840 for more information and/or assistance.