School For Advanced Studies (SAS)

Gifted/Talented Programs at Topeka

Topeka's Gifted/Talented programs create high end learning opportunities which allow students to flourish in stimulating academic and social environments, as well as designing challenging educational opportunities. The Advanced Studies Program has been implemented to meet the needs of gifted and talented students throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. It establishes an articulated program at the elementary school, middle school, and senior high school levels. The Advanced Studies Program is designed to expand student assessment and identification and to offer a differentiated instructional program. Gifted learners perform at remarkably high levels when assessed in comparison with others of their age/grade peers. Highly able learners should receive careful attention and differentiated program planning to ensure that their knowledge and skills are extended. Exceedingly high numbers of gifted and potentially gifted students in the District have resulted in a critical need to expand options for appropriate instructional programs to match their levels of learning.

Our Program Features (Differentiated Instruction)

  • Accelerated or advanced content
  • More complex understandings of generalizations, principles, theories, and the structure of the content area
  • Abstract concepts and thought processes and/or skills
  • Level and type of resources used to obtain information, acquire skills, and develop products
  • Appropriation of longer/shorter time span for learning
  • Generating new information and/or products
  • Transfer of learning to new/different disciplines, situations
  • Development of personal growth and sophistication in attitudes, appreciations, feelings, intuition
  • Independence of thought and study

Criteria for the SAS Program

Criterion has been revised to include the California Standards Test scaled scores. Verified by the school of attendance as meeting one of the following three criteria: (1) Demonstrate ability in all four critical– thinking and problem-solving skills in their primary language.
  • 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) –Percentile scores of 78 or above in both total reading and total mathematics on standardized norm–reference tests; or Scaled scores on the California Standards Test (CST) as follows:
  • A scaled score of 380 or above in English-Language Arts, grades 2-11 and
  • A scaled score of 395 or above in mathematics, grades 2-7 or
(3) Identification as gifted in any of the categories by an LAUSD school psychologist.


Eligible students in grades 3 through grade 5 may apply. A transfer application is available at the school of residence and is submitted directly to the school of choice during the month of May. For even more information on our SAS program, please contact our SAS Coordinator at 818-886-2266.

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