Tanya Added to Valley SoCal Parenting Speaker Series Next Weds, Nov 12 7p

Hey Valley Parents,
Tanya will be leading a public school seminar next Weds evening at ONE Generation in Van Nuys as part of the 21st Century SoCal Parenting Speaker Series. Come get savvy about all your public school options, including magnet and charter lotteries!

Navigating The School System
Weds, November 12, 2014 7p
ONE Generation
17400 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys, CA  91406
(just East of White Oak)

Register Online:  21csocalparenting.com

Navigating the School System

SAS Applications Now Thru April 30th

GATEIf your child qualifies, NOW is the time (April 1-30th) to get those Schools For Advanced Studies, (SAS) applications in. The deadline to apply for the 2014-15 school year is April 30, 2014.

Acceptance notifications come out in early May. In order to apply to an SAS school, students must meet specific eligibility requirements, either by being identified as Gifted and Talented (GATE), verified by their teacher and principal, or by meeting specific testing thresholds.

What is an SAS school? It is a specialized program for qualified students that (hopefully and depending on the strength of the program and staff) delves deeper into course material at an accelerated pace. From the LAUSD website: “Gifted/Talented Programs creates high end learning opportunities which allow students to flourish in stimulating academic and social environments. In designing challenging educational opportunities, we strive to raise the floor, remove the walls and eliminate the ceiling on learning.”

If your gifted child is wait listed at their magnet choice and you haven’t yet heard if they got into that charter school, the possibility of an SAS program can be another school option to consider. You can apply to more than one SAS program, you apply directly at your desired SAS school site, and the school will determine which applicants get accepted or not by the end of the application period. Some schools handle applications on a first-come first-served basis, other schools base student acceptance on a more selective criteria which might include a student interview plus review of work samples, cumulative grades, teacher recommendations and test results.

*Note: For middle and high school, chances are excellent they will look at your child’s grades going back 2-3 years, making your child’s 3rd, 4th and 1st semester 5th grade grades particularly important when applying for middle school, and 6-8th grade grades critical for high school applications.

For more on SAS (Schools for Advanced Studies) programs, see: New LAUSD GATE website!

SAS application and criteria: achieve.lausd.net/Page/2033

List of SAS programs by area/grade:

You can pick up applications at each SAS school office during the application period, or download it here:

As always, if you want to discuss anything further, I’m here to help!

phone consultation

in-home consultation


Hot Off The Presses! New School Guidebooks for 2014!









Westside Guide to Public Elementary School


Westside Guide to Middle School

newly revised and updated for the 2014-15 school year!

$20 each. Click HERE to purchase.