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School for Advanced Studies


Schools for Advanced Studies demonstration sites receive the SAS designation for their exemplary Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) implementation. The Schools for Advanced Studies designation, initially implemented in the 1998-1999 school year, was created to acknowledge exemplary school models of innovative, equitable, and effective GATE practices districtwide.

By providing high-quality differentiated instruction with an emphasis on,

  • depth
  • complexity
  • acceleration
  • novelty

SAS sites offer high-level academic opportunities that meet the unique educational needs of K-12 gifted learners, identified in the Intellectual Ability, High Achievement Ability, Specific Academic Ability, Creative Ability, and Leadership Ability categories or verified based on critical thinking/achievement.

The SAS model, which is in alignment with the California Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program Resource Guide and the State Board of Education Recommended Standards for Programs for Gifted and Talented Students, explicitly supports the District's goal to ensure equitable GATE participation for underrepresented students. 

Transportation services are not provided for SAS.

Parents seeking Gifted Testing of Intellectual Ability for their Students

Cochran Middle School offers the School for Advanced Studies, which houses Gifted and High Academic achieving students from the 6th-8th grade.  While many students are recommended for Gifted assessment by their teachers and by State competency tests, parents and guardians have the right to request that their child be assessed for being Gifted. 

Being identified as Gifted allows the student to enroll in GATE (Gifted and Talented Education).  These courses are called Honors classes. Additionally, some students are identified as being High Achievers in one specific field. These students take an Honors class in this specific field. GATE Honors courses are defined by their depth, complexity, novelty, and acceleration. 

Gifted students are identified as critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, have intense curiosity, have diverse interests, are imaginative, and are often socially and globally aware.  Currently, 6% of Cochran students are Gifted students. 

If you believe that your student should be assessed for being Gifted, please contact me at once.  At Cochran Middle School, our commitment is to educational equity. Every student should receive an education that is rigorous and enhances their educational level and growth. 

I am here to assist you and your student in this process. 

Ms. Patricia Saragosa, GATE & SAS Coordinator