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Enrollment period for the SAS 2020-2021 year is October 1-November 15, 2019.  See below for more information.

Gate Events



March 9, 2019

From 8:30am-12:30pm

 10th Annual GATE/SAS Parent Conference, scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019, at RFK Community Schools

  OLSAT-8 Parent Meetings
February 7, 2018 Parent GATE meeting at Playa del Rey.  View the presentation here.


GATE (Gifted and Talented)

The GATE program, for identified gifted and talented students, at Playa del Rey Elementary works to create academically enriched learning opportunities for our students. Our GATE Coordinator, Chryssa Elliott, works with the entire staff to plan differentiation, projects and assignments for the needs of our gifted learners. Universal themes, depth and complexity along with Bloom’s Taxonomy higher level thinking skills are evident throughout every classroom. We also have excellent resources for teachers to enhance student learning.  Periodically throughout the school year, the GATE Coordinator and GATE parents meet to review curriculum and discuss support for the students involved in the program.


For more information, view the LAUSD GATE website.

School for Advanced Studies (SAS)

School for Advanced Studies (SAS) is a special program located within a traditional school setting. SAS programs are designed to support the development of gifted and high achieving children. Schools must undertake a rigorous review process to achieve SAS status. Teachers and administrators at SAS schools are required to participate in additional professional development and training, and individual students must meet the same eligibility criteria as LAUSD’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.

Starting in Kindergarten, any eligible student who resides within LAUSD boundaries may apply to Playa del Rey SAS Program on a space-available basis. Unlike the GATE magnet programs, no transportation is provided for SAS students.

Applying to SAS

To apply to the SAS program for the 2020-2021 school year, visit this LAUSD Unified Enrollment page and scroll down to the SAS section and press the Apply.  View SAS Flyer here.

     Enrollment Period: October 1 - November 15, 2019

     Placements are announced: March 2019

For kindergarten enrollment in the SAS program, complete the following application.

Come join our learning community at Playa del Rey Elementary SAS!

GATE/SAS Informational Meetings

  • Friday, October 4, 2019 at 9:30 am

Check the Playa Calendar for upcoming tour dates

Email Contact
Contact the school at with questions or contact for tour request.