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What is GATE and SAS?

GATE & SAS Upcoming Events

Beginning of Year Parent and Family Meeting


Monthly Family Meeting TBD December and April!

GATE/SAS Academies

Robotics Team with Vex IQ


Differentiated Instruction/Enrichment Clubs

Classroom Support

Annual Testing

GATE/SAS Program Planning Meeting

Field Trips

Portfolio Assistance

School Choices for the Future

Conferences and Community Events!

District GATE/SAS Parent Conference

 This is a FREE event open to parents of gifted/talented students, including Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) students, in LAUSD.



45th Annual Los Angeles City/County Conference on Gifted Education! 

asadena Convention Center June 1, 2019 



Educators Summer Institute- 2 Days (Fee $)

What is the OLSAT?

Click HERE for FAQ

  • Otis-Lennon School Ability Test

    Los Angeles Unified School District intends to seek out and identify gifted and talented students from varying linguistic, economic and cultural backgrounds and whose extraordinary capacities require special services and programs (Title V, California Code of Regulations Section 3820).  Evidence of a student’s capability shall consider the economic, linguistic, and cultural characteristics of students’ background (Title V, California Code of Regulations Section 3823). 

    What is the OLSAT-8? 
    The OLSAT-8 (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition) is a nationally standardized, norm-referenced, group administered measure of verbal and non-verbal school abilities given to all second grade students. It is a multiple choice test that lasts approximately 75 minutes.

    What areas are measured on the test? 

    • Verbal Comprehension: understanding of language; similarities and differences among words
    • Verbal Reasoning: using language to infer, apply, and classify
    • Pictorial Reasoning: inferring from and evaluating pictures
    • Figural Reasoning: reasoning involving geometric shapes

    Who takes the OLSAT-8? 
    In LAUSD, the OLSAT-8 is administered to all second grade students in general education classrooms. Students already identified as gifted in the Intellectual Ability category, students who have been retained and students who take the CAPA are exempt.

    Why is the District administering this test?
    It is part of a District-wide plan to address the disproportionate number of underrepresented student populations identified as gifted and capture students who may be overlooked in the referral process.

    How will the results be used?
    A student may be referred for gifted identification in the “High Achievement” category if score criteria is met using the Total Age-Based Percentile Score from the OLSAT-8. To qualify, students must score 95% and above in order to qualify or 90%-94% if student meets federally-defined poverty level.

    Are students allowed to prepare for the OLSAT-8?
    Yes. Because the OLSAT-8 is considered an aptitude test and not an intellectual test, students may practice items similar to those on the actual assessment. Students are not allowed to prepare for an intellectual test administered by an LAUSD psychologist nor are they allowed to preview the actual OLSAT test.

    How can I find out more information about the OLSAT-8?
    Informational meetings are scheduled each spring District-wide that will specifically address the OLSAT-8. All parents of second grade students are invited to attend. Check with the school of attendance for dates and locations or on this website

Challenge Yourself with a Good Book!




Gifted and Advanced Studies

GATE/SAS After School Academies HAVE BEGUN! cODING! 11/7, 11/14, 11/28 2:30-3:30PM

Letters will be sent home with all the upcoming after school GATE/SAS Academies!


Please sign the permission slip and return quickly.


Also, we are looking for volunteers to assist or run each academy.




Get Involved! Parent Link

Deep Thinking! Depth and Complexity Icons


OLSAT and GATE UPDATES January, February, March 2019!




(All 2nd Graders will take this test )

The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition (OLSAT-8) achievement test is a nationally standardized, norm-referenced, group administered measure of verbal and non-verbal school abilities for gifted/talented identification. The OLSAT-8 is not an intellectual assessment but rather an achievement test that focuses on areas that are valid measures of an individual’s ability to reason logically, i.e., detecting likenesses and differences, recalling words and numbers, defining words, following directions, classifying, establishing sequence, solving arithmetic problems and completing analogies.


OLSAT Elementary Schools Testing Dates March 

OLSAT Make-up Testing Date March 

Parent Informational Meetings:


Click Here for Information Letter and Dates/Locations of Parent Meetings

Check out things that are intersting and cause us to wonder how or why? @ Ian Byrd's  Website!

Puzzlements AND Curiousities

1. Giant Cross Stitch

This gorgeous outdoor cross-stitch took artist Ana Martins 760 yards of yarn to create. Let students predict how it was made before showing the close-ups of the screws (there are 2,300 of them) and yarn!

2. Light Up Piano

Almost like a real-life guitar hero, this light-up piano setup is mesmerizing! Watch Rousseau Musique play several classic pieces.

3. Butterfly Wings Up (Very) Close

Check out these photos of butterfly wings from Chris Perani! Perhaps let students see the photos first and then predict what they think they are. How does he do it?

4. Very Old Trees

Beth Moon photographs some of the oldest, rarest trees in the world on the island of Socotra, off the horn of Africa. After looking at the photos, read her artist’s statement.

5. Making Erasers

There is some striking behind-the-scenes footage of this video showing how rubber erasers are made. Jump to 1:21!

💎 Curiosity Tips 💎

  • Prompt students by simply asking: What do you notice? What do you wonder?
  • Pick the best puzzlements for your students. No need to always show all five.
  • Write kids’ questions down. Display them on a wall.
  • Model curiosity! You must notice and wonder along with your students.

Updates and Newsletters!


Fall Parent Newsletter 2018

en español

Topic: Choices Enrollment
✦ November 9: 2019-20
Choices application
✦ November 12:
Veterans’ Day Holiday
✦ November 19-23:
Thanksgiving Break



Differentiated Instruction

Cool Apps!