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School for Advanced Studies

School for Advanced Studies

Olive Vista has become one of District North’s prestigious Schools for Advanced Studies. The Advanced Studies Program has been developed to meet the increasing demand for high-level academic programs that challenge highly able learners who require advanced learning beyond the core curriculum.

Olive Vista will begin the program with this fall’s incoming sixth graders. The program will feature interdisciplinary classes, team-teaching, academics for college bound students and many stimulating fieldtrips. Students will continue in the program for three years.

Students are chosen following an application process available from the school office.  The SAS Application is available from the school office or by downloading  and printing from our website.  Click HERE to download the 2015-16 SAS Application.

Program Components

  • Gifted, highly gifted and high-achieving students together in classes.


  • Students are required to be GATE identified or to have met the other requirements set forth by the Los Angeles Unified School District and stated on the application form.


  • Teachers attend 32 hours of professional development directed toward instructional techniques and strategies appropriate for teaching the gifted student. These teachers have been chosen for their commitment to academic excellence.


  • Regular assessment and evaluation will be conducted to direct curriculum modification.


  • Parent education programs will be ongoing and directed toward issues related to gifted children.

Extracurricular School Activities

  • Future Scholars
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • Leadership
  • Band
  • Drill Team

SAS Field Trips


  • Skirball Cultural Center – Students participate in an archaeological dig.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Drawing is Seeing – Students receive an art lesson from a professional artist.
  • Huntington Garden Program: Reading Plants – Students examine a plant, “read” about its natural history, and investigate how plants have adapted to their native habitats.
  • Museum of the Holocaust – Students tour this important Los Angeles Museum and learn about accepting others.
  • California Universities – Students will be introduced to the California University System with tours to local colleges.

SAS Personnel

Mary Ann Dortch – Coordinator

7th Annual GATE/SAS Parent Conference

The 7th Annual Districtwide GATE/SAS Parent Conference will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at RFK Community Schools (registration begins at 7:30 am).  This free parent event is open to all parents of LAUSD GATE/SAS students.  Translation will be provided in Spanish.


Judy Galbraith, author and gifted education expert, is the keynote speaker.  Parents will receive a cop of Galbraith's book, THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR GIFTED KIDS (one per family while supplies last).  There will also be a variety of workshops for parents addressing the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted learners.


Click HERE to view conference flyer.