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Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) are programs designed throughout the district which have been implemented to improve educational options and increase professional training to support the development of gifted and talented youth. The Schools for Advanced Studies Program receives funding from the district in the form of a block grant. SAS teachers and administrators are required to participate in professional development training.
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
  •  Grade advancement
  •  Concurrent enrollment in two grades and/or college
Administrator/Teacher Outcomes
  •  Increased knowledge of cognitive and social emotional needs of gifted students
  •  Increased knowledge and use of program options and strategies for teaching gifted students
  •  Improved professional development leading to teacher certification
  •  Articulated programs (elementary, middle, and senior high schools)
  •  Alternative assessment procedures (recognizing individual differences)
  •  Increased use of resources for working with gifted students
  •  Alternative evaluation processes

SAS Coordinator, Ms. Lee Williams

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)/School for Advanced Studies (SAS) students are afforded multiple opportunities beyond the classroom setting with real-world experiences that address their needs and interest. Enrichment activities for our students include field trips, special presentations at assemblies, guest speakers from various occupations and careers, and visits to local colleges and universities-- including the college and career fair held each year on Audubon's campus. From the Music Notes writer’s workshops to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, to the Pi Day celebration at Cal State University Dominguez Hills, and partnerships with UCLA, students participate in programs that offer enriching differentiated school experience that meets their academic, emotional, and personal needs. Our students have valuable support from the school and community through its stakeholders. Stakeholders include parents, teachers, counselors and coordinators, friends of Audubon, and administrators; all of which have been provided opportunities to attend conferences that will enable them to continue to foster the academic, and socio-emotional growth of the students they serve. These strategically selected conferences allow stakeholders to become more adept at integrating depth and complexity into their curriculum and conversations with students as they employ flexible grouping strategies, independent study research projects and presentations, as well as strategies from AVID, such as Cornell note taking. These tools are paramount to support students as they delve into inquiry-based learning. We strive to identify as many of our advanced studies students as gifted and talented. Here at Audubon we open the GATE to greater learning!