This from CBS Los Angeles by Donna Schwartz Mills:
Previously, we published a guide to applying to LAUSD’s vaunted magnet schools. Those who made the December 17 application deadline will find out if their students have been accepted or waitlisted some time in the Spring. Those who missed the opportunity to apply should know that magnet schools are not the only arrow in LAUSD’s educational quiver. The District’s division of Gifted and Talented Education programs (GATE) has another academically enriched option that may be an even better fit for your child.

The magnet program was intended to desegregate Los Angeles schools and so most magnets have no testing criteria for prospective students. SAS is a GATE program; students will have to be identified as “gifted” or “high ability” before they can apply...

According to LAUSD, your children could be classified as gifted by meeting just one of the following three criteria:

(1) Abilities in four critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in their primary language.
  • The ability to explain meanings or relationships among facts, information, or concepts (demonstrating depth and complexity).
  • Formulating new ideas or solutions and elaborate on the information.
  • Using alternative methods in approaching new or unfamiliar mathematical problems.
  • The 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 –Scaled scores on the California Standards Test (CST) as follows:
  • A scaled score of 445 or above in English-Language Arts, grades 2-11 and
  • A scaled score of 450 or above in mathematics, grades 2-7 or
  • A scaled score of 450 or above for grades 8 and above in one of the following math content courses: Algebra I or II; Geometry; Integrated Math I, II or III; High School Summative Math.

(3) Identification as gifted in any of the categories by an LAUSD school psychologist.

There is a score of information on LAUSD’s website, describing in detail the criteria teachers and administrators look for to identify possible gifted students.

Once your child has been identified as gifted or high ability, you are eligible to apply to your school’s SAS program or to fill an opening at another school.

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