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E-Choices has extended its deadline

We want to provide our families with ample time to make decisions about their children’s school selection. The new Accept/Decline deadline has been established as Friday, April 17, 2020. Thank you for your patience.

● What’s Due

  • Parents will be receiving their CHOICES Selection Letters on Monday, March 16, 2020 indication to what schools/programs their children were selected or if they have been placed on a waitlist. If parents submitted and online application, they will receive their notice via email. They can view their pdf letter in their accounts at Apply.LAUSD.netIf parents submitted a paper application, they will receive a letter via USPS.


● What’s New: Accept/Decline Deadline

  • Due to school closures and other measures being implemented by Superintendent Beutner to address the COVID-19 precautions, we will need to extend the Choices Accept/Decline deadline for our families. We want to provide our families with ample time to make decisions about their children’s school selection. The new deadline to Accept or Decline their offer has been established as Friday, April 17, 2020.
  • If parents have any questions or concerns, please refer them to the Choices Support Line: (213) 241-4177. 
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8:15 am - 9:15 am

Thursday, November 7th

8:15 am - 9:15 am

Thursday, October 10th

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday, December 5th

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Wednesday, October 30th

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Spring 2019 Parent Newsletter


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  • SAS students at Hamilton are placed in classrooms with other SAS students and will take Honors level courses in 9th grade with the opportunity to select from more than 20 AP Courses in the 10th-12th grade, in addition to Honors classes. 

  • We offer 3 World Languages from level one to AP level (Spanish, French and Arabic). 

  • Hamilton students are also able to take West Los Angeles College courses during the school day.

  • Each year, Hamilton students are accepted into all major universities and colleges, including Ivy League and all UC/CSU campuses.


The Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) is an option designed to support and expand Gifted/Talented Programs in schools throughout the District. The Schools for Advanced Studies Demonstration Sites provide high-level academic programs to serve the educational needs of gifted and high achieving learners. The Hamilton program serves students going into the 9th, 10th AND 11th Grade. The SAS 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.
Student Outcomes
     • Accelerated student performance
     • Development of independence and self direction
     • Acceleration in a discipline or across disciplines
     • Increased use of technology for research and multi-media presentations
     • Increased participation in state and national tests and competitions
     • Early college admission
     • Concurrent enrollment in two grades and/or college
Transportation services are not provided. Parents are expected to provide transportation.
Eligible students going into 9th, 10th or 11th grade who reside within the LAUSD boundaries may apply. A transfer application will be available at the school of residence and it is submitted directly to the school of choice. Acceptance is based on student eligibility criteria and availability of space.
The Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) Program offers an intensive academic articulated program in which both innovative and traditional courses are taught. The course content is modified to match the students' achievement level or capacity for learning.
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) Student scored in the "Exceeded" range on both the ELA and Math SBAC for 2015, OR, Student has TOTAL National Scores of 85% or above.  Please see application for detailed information about qualifying exams.
(3) Identification as gifted in any of the categories (i.e. Intellectual, High Achievement, Specific Academic) by an LAUSD school psychologist.

 All SAS Applications are now done through the E-Choices webpage

Applications are required for all non-resident students of Hamilton High School (if Hamilton is your school of residence, and your child is designated gifted, they will be AUTOMATICALLY placed in the SAS program- no application needed!). 
Questions?  Please e-mail Megan Melcher,  SAS Coordinator  ( or Stephanie Lartelier, AP (

Apply online at