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SAS Program

School for Advance Studies (SAS)

Designed to support and expand articulated GATE programs, SAS sites were developed to provide high-level academic programs that serve the educational needs of learners demonstrating high ability. Mar Vista is designated as an SAS school, and our program is designed to: improve educational opportunities for students, support students’ intellectual and academic growth, provide a rigorous and enriched curriculum which supports critical thinking and problem solving, ensure that our students are on track to being college and career ready, and enhance the growth of our faculty through meaningful professional development.


As an SAS school, we accept students who do not reside within the school’s boundaries to attend our school on an SAS permit. Acceptance is based on (1) eligibility criteria, (2) space availability, and (3) the utilization of a lottery process.


​​​​​​​The SAS Application Process

  1. Download the 2018-2019 application and letter, or pick up a copy from the Main Office at Mar Vista Elementary.
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Make sure that all items on the application are complete and provide supporting documentation: standardized test scores in the Advanced Range, Gifted Verification, report cards, letters of recommendation, etc. (Please staple supporting documents behind the application.)
  4. Bring the completed application to Mar Vista, along with a utility bill (not a phone bill) to verify your address. Students must live within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Applications are due by 4:00pm on March 23, 2018. Applications submitted after the due date will be added to the waitlist if SAS eligibility is met. Please include a self- addressed envelope if you would like to receive a notification letter.

Download Forms

SAS Permit applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available. Due to a district mandate, the selection process is no longer on a first-come basis, but will utilize a lottery process of all SAS applications received by 4:00pm on March 23, 2018.

SAS Application for 2018-2019

SAS Permit Letter for 2018-2019

Who Needs to Apply

Students who live in the Mar Vista Elementary School attendance boundaries do not need to fill out an application.

If you are not sure if you are in the Mar Vista attendance area, check with your child's elementary school. You can also check it yourself by typing your home address into the LAUSD Resident School Identifier to see if Mar Vista is your home school.

Other SAS details, including application information and dates, can be found at the LAUSD GATE website.