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SAS Application Process and Important Dates


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!).

Important Dates for SAS 2021-22 School Year
  • - E-Choices Late Application is OPEN for non-residents of Hamilton: 
  • - March 15, 2021 - LAUSD sends program acceptance and waitlist letters to families who applied on time.
  • - April 9, 2021 - Accepted families must accept or decline their spot. 
  • - Week of April 12, 2021 - We will reach out to families on the waitlist and who turned in late applications.

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Late Application for 2021-22 School Year Opens February 1, 2021

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Aplicación Tardía para el año escolas 2021-22 abre el 1ro de Febrero del 2021


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 the 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.