A School for Advanced Studies application becomes available each fall for all public, charter, private, and homeschooled students who are in the tenth grade at that time. SAS is not a magnet school. Student selection is based on completion of basic requirements for admission and a random ranking of qualified applicants up to the point where the enrollment cap is reached. When the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats available, a random selection process will be utilized to admit eligible applicants. Annual enrollment is limited.

  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA
  • Record of good attendance
  • Record of good citizenship
  • Testing scores on three sections of the ACCUPLACER NG or Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) that result in course placement for ENC 1101 and MAC 1105. This can be done through any combination of sections on the PERT, ACCUPLACER NG, PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT10.
    • Reading = PERT 106+ or ACCUPLACER NG 256+ 
    • Writing = PERT 103+ or ACCUPLACER NG 253+ 
    • Math = PERT 123+ or ACCUPLACER NG QAS 261+ (students who score a 276+ may qualify for a higher level MDC math course)
  • New in 2022: If an applicant took the PSAT/NMSQT or the PSAT10 in October, 2022 (not the PSAT8/9) in 9th grade and earned a minimum score of 530 on the Math and 500 on the Evidence Based Reading, Writing and Language  sections of the exam, they may present proof of those scores (obtained from the student’s College Board account) to the SAS registrar as a substitute for taking the ACCUPLACER NG or the PERT.
  • The digital version of the PSAT10 or PSAT/NMSQT that will be used starting in October 2023, and SAS will use the same minimum threshold of 530 on Math and 500 on the Evidenced Based Reading, Writing, and Language 

Please note that minimum test scores are established by the State Board of Education and are subject to change without advanced notice. Therefore, students must meet minimum SAS placement test scores that are in effect on the date that the student tests.