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School for Advanced Studies (SAS)

The School for Advanced Studies (SAS) is a program designed by Polytechnic High School and approved by LAUSD to support the development of High Achieving and Gifted & Talented students. Located within the traditional campus setting, this ‘school within a school’ was developed to provide students a high-level academic program serving the educational needs of LAUSD’s gifted/high achieving learners. Poly’s SAS offers intensive academic programs in both traditional and innovative coursework. At PHS, SAS students are offered numerous opportunities in Honors, AP, and College courses; as well as a multitude of electives and extra-curricular clubs, programs, and activities. Currently, SAS students in 9-12th grade comprise approximately 18% of Poly’s comprehensive school population. Please refer to the documents below for eligibility criteria.


SAS Eligibility Criteria

Each student must demonstrate the ability to or potential of working two years above grade level and be verified by the current school of attendance as meeting one of the following three criteria:

1.     Demonstrated ability in all four critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in their primary language.

o   Explain meanings or relationships among facts, information, or concepts that demonstrate depth and complexity. 

o   Formulate new ideas or solutions and elaborate on the information.

o   Use alternative methods in approaching new or unfamiliar mathematical problems.

o   Use extensive vocabulary easily and accurately to express creative ideas

2.     Have national percentile scores of 85 or above on the most current District-approved standardized norm-reference tests in both 

o   total reading or ELA or reading composite and

o   total math or math composite or

o   verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning or

o   total (APR) Verbal (2014-2015 OLSAT-8) and total (APR) Non-Verbal (2014-2015 OLSAT-8).

3.      Be identified as gifted by a LAUSD psychologist in the Intellectual, High Achievement, Specific Academic, Creative or Leadership Ability categories.