School for advanced studies (SAS)


All qualified resident students will be enrolled in the SAS program before any non-resident SAS permits may be granted. Historically, the SAS program at Lanai has been full with resident students.

About the Program / Grade Level Standards

Schools for Advanced Studies provide high-quality differentiated instruction with an emphasis on depth, complexity, acceleration and novelty for gifted/high ability learners. Applicants for Schools for Advanced Studies must demonstrate the ability or strong potential to work two years above grade level in academic subjects.

To familiarize yourself with Common Core grade level standards, please click here for the National PTA Parent Guides for Student Success. We advise you to review your child's current grade level (if applicable), as well as the additional two grades above. For example, current Kindergarten students must demonstrate the ability or strong potential to work at the Second Grade level in academic subjects. Parents should download the Kindergarten, First and Second Grade guides for reference.

Eligibility Categories

Identified GATE Students

Students identified as gifted/talented in LAUSD in the Intellectual, High Achievement, Specific Academic, Creative, or Leadership Ability Categories.

Qualifying Test Scores
  • Student scored in the "Standard Exceeded" range on the prior year's SBAC in ELA and Math; or
  • Student has TOTAL national scores of 85% or above on District-approved standardized achievement tests in most recent year (e.g. OLSAT)
Critical-Thinking and Problem-Solving Demonstration

Students who demonstrate mastery of ALL FOUR of the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in their primary language. Students applying under this criteria must also:

  • Have mastery verified by Administrator of Current School of Attendance
  • Prepare a portfolio of work that supports the verification. Supporting work should include evidence of advanced math work, writing samples, and/or reading level. The portfolio must be kept on file at the verifying school for five years.

APPLICATION Deadline (online): November 15, 2019

Completed applications will be accepted online ( through November 15, 2019. Acceptance is based on:

  1. Student meeting eligibility criteria AND
  2. Availability of space at Lanai Road Elementary.