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School for Advanced Studies (SAS) & GATE

2018/2019 SAS Application due by March 23rd, 2018

The Venice High School for Advanced Studies (SAS) Student Permit Application is now available. Students who reside within LAUSD boundaries but outside of the Venice boundaries, may apply for an SAS permit.


The SAS permit application period is open and will close on March 23rd, 2018


Drop off completed applications to Ms. Oku in the attendance office or mail to:


Ms. Ruth Greene, SAS Coordinator

13000 Venice Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90066


Click on this link to access the SAS permit application:




Students who reside within the Venice boundaries and meet SAS eligibility requirements will be placed in the SAS gifted/talented honors and AP classes by their counselors. No formal application is required for eligible resident students since SAS is the school site's GATE instructional program for non-magnet students.

SAS Student Star - Alex De La Cruz


School for Advanced Studies Student Alex De La Cruz has been accepted into Stanford, UCLA, UCSD, UC Davis, UCSB, UCSC, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, San Jose State, and San Diego State. Alex has been awarded a full-ride scholarship to the University of La Verne.

Highlights - Sports:

Venice High School Quarterback - Varsity 3 years, JV 1 year.

All Western League Quarterback

VHS Football Team Captain - 2 years

LA City Section All Star Team Quarterback

National Football Foundation and CHOF Award for Scholar-Athlete High GPA - 3,000 Scholarship

Varsity Track Team - 200 and 400 meter relay

Basketball Team - all four years - Varsity 2 years

Highlights - Academics:

Has taken 9 AP classes

Awarded Jacket of Excellence for a 4.365 GPA.

Honor Guard for high GPA Junior Year

SAS students select the Media, Art, & Technology Academy, The Academy of Law & Public Service or The Sports Medicine Academy

SAS select to be in either the Media, Arts, and Technology Academy, or the 
Earth Justice Academy

Link to Media, Arts, & Technology Page

Link to Academy of Law & Public Service

Link to Sports Medicine Academy

Alumni Scholarships

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Each year, the Venice High School Alumni Association awards over $100,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors. Applications are accepted in mid-April.



Venice High School for Advanced Studies Announcements

Venice High School for Advanced Studies applications are being accepted now! 


SAS and Academy School Tours:


January 24th - 1:00 - 2:00 - Meet in Main Office and then proceed to Room 12


February 21st - 9:00 to 10:00 - Meet in Main office and then proceed to Room 11


March 7th - 1:00 to 2:00 - Meet in Main Office and then proceed to Room 12


March 21st - 9:00 to 10:00 - Meet in Main Office and then proceed to Room 11




The Venice High School for Advanced Studies

19 AP classes offered
Honors classes available at all grade levels
Highly qualified  and experienced teachers
Dual enrollment college courses offered on the VHS campus
Select from three academies:
1. Media, Arts, & Technology Academy

 2. Sports Medicine

3. Academy of Law & Public Service 
Students may join one of 47 clubs or service organizations
We have a Division 1 football team as well as 15 other sports teams including golf and tennis
Students participate in competitions such as Robotics, the Solar Cup and the Academic Decathlon
Venice High School is the right choice for non-magnet students who want to focus on academics while also exploring athletic, creative, and/or social interests. Venice High School offers a plethora of Advanced Placement classes, numerous electives, has a large sports program, and gives students the opportunity to join a range of clubs.
Venice High School is also the right place for students who want to experience all of the aspects of a traditional American high school which includes attending the Homecoming Game and Dance, the Prom, and Grad Night at Disneyland.
9th graders, enter the SAS by enrolling in honors classes such as Honors English and Math. Sophomore year, students start enrolling in Advanced Placement (AP) classes such as AP World History. 
Well-rounded Venice High students who have taken advantage of our wide range of available extracurricular activities while enrolled in AP and Honors classes, routinely earn places at schools such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, MIT and UCLA.

LAUSD SAS Description and Criteria for Admittance

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 program serves Venice High School students at all grade levels.

The SAS program has been implemented to meet the needs of gifted and talented students throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. It establishes an articulated program at the elementary school, middle school, and senior high school levels. The Advanced Studies 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. Exceedingly high numbers of gifted and potentially gifted students in the District have resulted in a critical need to expand options for appropriate instructional programs to match their levels of learning.

Student Outcomes

     • Continuous progress based on ability and performance

     • 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

     • Success in making original contributions to a field of study

     • Early college admission

     • Concurrent enrollment in two grades and/or college

Counseling and Guidance Outcomes

The guidance/counseling process is a product of the collaborative efforts of teachers, administrators, support personnel, specialists, and parents. Everyone who lives or works with the gifted child often serves one or more functions in the guidance/counseling program for maximal effectiveness.

These functions may include: mentor, facilitator, listener, advocate, consultant, instructor, role model, and program coordinator. The guidance/counseling services will be differentiated for the gifted student to include:


Orientation of individual gifts and talents to special programs/services


Information services about giftedness, summer and extra curricular
enrichment, scholastic services/scholarships


Placement in program options and educational alternatives



Transportation services are not provided. Parents are expected to provide transportation.


Eligible students 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) 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 (i.e. Intellectual, High Achievement, Specific Academic) by an LAUSD school


Ruth Greene

Email: mgree6@lausd.net


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VHS GATE Program for Magnet Students

SAS students are not part of the magnets, but a full honors and AP program is available for gifted and / or talented students enrolled in the STEMM Magnet or in the World Languages and Global Studies Magnet.

GATE magnet students should follow the course sequence suggestions below provided they have fulfilled the course requirements for pathways within their magnets.

SAS + GATE Suggested Course Sequence


Honors English 9

Honors English 10

AP English Language or

Honors American Literature

AP English Literature or

Honors Expository Composition &

12th Grade Literature Class


AP World History

AP US History

AP Government/H Economics


AP or Honors Biology

AP or Honors Chemistry

AP or Honors Physics

AP Environmental Science

Marine Biology

Honors Physiology


Common Core Algebra 1

Common Core Geometry

Common Core Algebra 2

Honors Pre-Calculus

AP Statistics

AP Calculus A-B, B-C

Note: Math placement is

based on individual student need

Elective Choices:

AP Electives

· AP Studio Art

· AP Art History

· AP Spanish Language

· AP Music Theory

Other Electives

Sports Medicine, Sports Therapy,

Marching Band, Theater, Strings,

Choir, Landscaping, Journalism,

Graphic Arts, Painting, Drawing, etc.

College Courses

Concurrent enrollment with

Santa Monica & West Los Angeles


Graphic Arts      Media Arts

Steel Drums      Computer Science

Photoshop         Coding

Broadcast Journalism & more!

Bi-Literacy Award at Graduation

You do not need to be in the World Language and Global Studies Magnet to qualify for a Bi-Literacy Award. To qualify:

Foreign Language Portion:

Take four years of a language other than English and earn a 3.0 average


Pass the SAT II in a language other that English - score of 600 or above.


Pass an AP exam in a language other than English - score of 3, 4, or 5

English Portion:

Maintain a 2.0 average in all English classes


Pass the CAHSEE with a score of 381 or higher


Pass the CST with a score of 350 or higher


Pass the AP English Language or AP English Literature Exam with a 3, 4, or 5

National Honor Society/Delphians





Eligibility Requirements

Students in grades 10–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership are eligible to be invited for membership.

The four pillars of NHS are:

  • Scholarship
    Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence.
  • Service
    This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
  • Leadership
    Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
  • Character
    The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Students who meet the scholarship requirement will have an opportunity to complete a form detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, and character.

Understanding the Obligations of Membership
Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. For example, there will be chapter meetings. Members also must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community.