Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson

S.A.S. Program

School for Advanced Studies Program

The School for Advanced Studies (SAS) Program


SAS schools feature designated classroom models for instruction of gifted and talented students.

Dodson Middle School provides a caring environment with rich resources and materials that provide access to many learning activities that are standard-based and strong in content.

The focus is on continuous progress for the individual student.


Who Should Apply?


  • Identified Gifted/High Achieving students.
  • Members of Magnet School waiting list.
  • Students who scored advanced or proficient on CST.


When Are the Applications Due?


  • Completed applications should be returned to: the Attendance Office, Dodson Middle School and must include the student’s most recent report card.


Once You Have Been Accepted….


  • Dodson Middle School will notify the applicant by an approval letter and a copy of the approval letter will be sent to the school of attendance.
  • If you have any additional questions please contact Kathy Miyamoto or Matthew Sprenger at

(310) 241-1900 phone

(310) 832-4709 fax




The School for Advanced Studies Program has been implemented throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.


The SAS program at Dodson Middle School has been developed to provide high-level academic programs to serve the educational needs of high ability learners.


The program is designed to challenge students to the fullest degree that they are able and willing to achieve.







What is Differentiated Curriculum?


Instruction at Dodson Middle School models the principles of differentiation:


  1. Depth
  2. Complexity
  3. Acceleration
  4. Novelty
  5. Rigor


Differentiated Curriculum leads the students of the Joy of Learning!


What Tasks Are Involved?


  • Use of a variety of advanced level resources.
  • No upper limit on performance expectations.
  • Study of topics from multiples perspectives.
  • More extended and involved learning experiences.
  • Higher level of critical and creative thinking.
  • Optimal opportunities that promote creative products.


SAS Guidelines


  1. The SAS program does not have transportation arrangements.
  2. If a parent/guardian cancels the SAS transfer, the student must return to the school of residence.
  3. The parent/guardian will be able to complete a new SAS transfer application the following spring for the next school year.
  4. When a student matriculates to the next school level, a new SAS application must be made.
  5. Students who do not maintain passing grades and follow the rules and regulations may have their permits canceled.