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2021/2022 SAS Applications


Students who do not reside within the Venice High School Boundaries need to fill out a permit application.


Students who reside within the Venice High 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.

Ms. Ruth Greene, SAS Coordinator

13000 Venice Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90066

Alumni Scholarships

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

School for Advanced Studies (SAS) & GATE

Venice High School's SAS program is featured in a video produced by LAUSD about SAS - click here to see it!

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:
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.

Students qualify for SAS designation in the following ways:

  1. Student is identified as gifted by an L.A. Unified designated GATE psychologist in the Intellectual Ability, High Achievement Ability, Specific Academic Ability, Creative Ability or Leadership Ability Category. OR
  2. Student received total national percentile scores of 85 or above on a District-approved standardized achievement test in 2020, if applicable. Note: Due to the elimination of the 2019-2020 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), this criterion has been modified for this year only. OR
  3. Student demonstrates the ability to meet ALL FOUR of the critical thinking and problem-solving skills (in 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.

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:

  1. Orientation of individual gifts and talents to special programs/services

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

  3. Placement in program options and educational alternatives





Ruth Greene


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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.

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 SocietyDelphians




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.