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School for Advanced Studies

School for Advanced Studies Application


The application period for the Schools for Advanced Studies permit (SAS) for the 2018 - 2019 school year will be from November 1st, 2017  to March 23rd, 2018.   Please refer to the SAS Application Submission Information which outlines supporting documents to be submitted with the completed application, also available for download. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Click here to obtain the SAS Student Permit Application for 2018-2019 (English)

School for Advanced Studies

School for Advanced Studies (SAS)program at Franklin is designed to address the needs of the large numbers of gifted and high achieving students.  Aided by continuous specialized professional training, our faculty develops a curriculum that engages bright minds and challenges students to ponder complexities.  Differentiated, project-based instruction and the creative resources of our long-standing staff, help Franklin successfully meet the needs of advanced level students: gifted, highly gifted, and high achieving.

Formal and informal assessment by classroom teachers assures that as children change and grow, their strengths, challenges and special talents will be recognized.  Availability of advanced curriculum in multiple classrooms means students may enter the program at any grade level and/or in any content area.

Curriculum for our School for Advanced Studies students utilizes Treasures Language Arts and EnVision Math as points of departure only.  At some grade levels development has lead to team teaching strategies that introduce subjects beyond the core curriculum.  Classical children's literature is explored in multi-faceted projects.  Literature Circles introduce the concept of literary analysis and give students opportunities for in depth discussion.  Brainteasers, puzzles, games, labs, individual and group research, discussion, presentation, and drama are all familiar elements of the curriculum.

Criteria for Eligibility

In order to qualify for enrollment in SAS, as student must meet the following qualifications:

Each student must be 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 85 or above in both total reading and total mathematics on standardized norm-reference tests
or --2017 SBAC assesment scores of "Standard Exceeded" in both ELA and Math.

  • OLSAT-8 (spring 2017) _____ APR total OR

    _____ APR Verbal and       APR Non-Verbal OR

  • Name of District-approved standardized achievement test: ______________________________

                Total Reading in ELA: _____________and Total Math: ________________ OR

                Reading Composite: _____________ and Math Composite: __________ OR

                Verbal Reasoning:   ______________ and Quantitative Reasoning: __________


(3) Identification as gifted in any of the categories outlined by LAUSD.



Identified Gifted Students (K-5):

  • Application (complete application with necessary signatures)
  • No supplementary documentation required if a child has been identified as gifted in LAUSD in the  Intellectual, High Achievement, or Specific Academic Ability categories

Kindergarten and First Grade (if verified using the four critical-thinking and problem-solving skills):

  • Application (complete application with necessary signatures)
  • Writing sample(s) that showcase extensive vocabulary
  • Drawings/multi-media files
  • Annotations of class activities and discussions/journals/logs
  • Examples of assignments and projects that demonstrate depth and complexity
  • Examples of new or creative thinking
  • Examples of student using alternative methods in approaching new or unfamiliar mathematical problems (i.e.:  constructed response)
  • Letter of recommendation from person of choice (recommended current teacher) on school’s letterhead stationary supporting mastery of all four of the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Formative and summative assessment examples (e.g. reading inventories showing above grade level abilities)
  • Cumulative project examples

Second through Fifth Grade (if verified using test scores):

  • Application (complete application with necessary signatures)
  • Copy of national scores of 85% or above on a District-approved standardized achievement test in required areas
  • Copy of 2017 SBAC assessment scores of Standard Exceeded” in both ELA and Math.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.