Carson Senior High

School for Advanced Studies

What is the eligibility Criteria for joining the School for Advanced Studies?


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. The SAS program is offered to LAUSD resident students in Grades K-12 who meet the criteria.  The child's teacher and the principal of the school your child is currently attending will determine if your child meets all four critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 
Each student must demonstrate the ability to or potential of working two years above grade level and be verified by the current school of attendance as meeting one of the following three criteria:


  1. Demonstrated 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. Have national percentile scores of 85 or above on the most current District-approved standardized norm-reference tests in both 

    • total reading or ELA or reading composite and
    • total math or math composite or
    • verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning or
    • total (APR) Verbal (2014-2015 OLSAT-8) and total (APR) Non-Verbal (2014-2015 OLSAT-8).
  3. Be identified as gifted by a LAUSD psychologist in the Intellectual, High Achievement, Specific Academic, Creative or Leadership Ability categories.


Apply Now for 2018-2019 School for Advanced Studies at Carson High School

applications are available in the attendance office


Click either of the links below to download the application






Submit the application to

Suzanne Bottlik

GATE Coordinator

 Carson High School 

22328 S. Main Street

Carson, CA 90745


email questions to


NOTE:  If your student is already in the residential area of Carson High, he/she does not need to do the permit application.



The School for Advanced Studies permit program at Carson High allows students to attend our school on permit if they are within the LAUSD residence area (but outside of Carson's Zone of Choice) and meet the requirements for eligibility.  Selected students have access to a tailored individual schedule within the academy of their choice that emphasizes challenging honors and AP courses, concurrent enrollment college courses, and opportunities for internships, mentorships, and summer programs.


Students who wish to join the honors/AP Advanced Studies program, but are within the Carson Zone of Choice do not need to fill out the permit application.  Instead, they should let their counselors know during programming that they are interested in honors classes.