Application for Admission

 

The admissions process for SBAI is managed by Advanced Academics Services.  The application process for 2023-2024 is now closed and there is a waitlist.  Please monitor this website for the application window dates for the 2024-2025 school year.  You may also reach out to Advanced Academics Services for more information. There is no lottery for middle school or high school as SBAI only accepts students at the elementary level. 

For students entering grades 6-8: SBAI only accepts students at the elementary level.

To apply to SBAI, please contact Advanced Academic Services and visit this AAS webpage.

Application Criteria:

Students currently enrolled in SBISD:  Students are eligible based on the results of Level 3 evaluation in the SBISD GT Evaluation Process.  The Advanced Academic Studies will access these records directly; parents do not need to provide these scores. Entering Kindergarteners are expected to be reading at a minimum of Fountas & Pinnell Level F (mid-1st grade level).  Students must meet the following criteria.

  • Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) in General Intellectual Ability or Gf-Gc Composite; 2 standard scores of 145+ on 2 out of the following 3 clusters: Quantitative Reasoning, Fluid Reasoning, General Knowledge
  • On grade level or above age peers on district administered criterion-referenced assessments measuring content mastery in reading and math: two grades preferred.
  • IQ testing may be provided. Please see minimum score guidelines below. 

 

Students residing in but not currently enrolled in SBISD:  Provide a full written report for at least one of the following tests which are accepted as part of the application process.  All tests submitted must have been completed within the past two years.   A full written report is required.  This would include the tester’s observations, tests administered, test scores, summary and explanation of findings, and recommendations. 

Test Name

Minimum Score Guidelines

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V)

Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least two of the following sections: Verbal Comprehension, Fluid (Perceptual) Reasoning, or Visual/Spatial.

OR at least one score of 145+ on the General Ability Index (GAI) or Full Scale IQ score.

Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence  (WPPSI)

Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least two of the following sections: Verbal Comprehension, Fluid Reasoning, Performance, Visual Spatial and/or Full Scale

Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Battery (WJ)

Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) in General Intellectual Ability or Gf-Gc Composite; 2 standard scores of 145+ on 2 out of the following 3 clusters: Quantitative Reasoning, Fluid Reasoning, General Knowledge

 

Tests from outside the SBISD district are used for screening purposes only and are NOT qualifiers for admission. All students not currently enrolled in SBISD may be scheduled to complete district-administered IQ testing and criterion referenced assessments to determine content mastery in reading and math. This will be scheduled between the submission of the application and the date of the lottery. Entering Kindergartners are expected to be reading on the DRA2 level of 8 (mid 1st grade level) and SBISD will arrange this assessment if necessary after applications are received.

 

SBAI Admissions 2024-2025 Timeline

- SBAI Application window: March 18 – March 29, 2024
- Prospective/Qualified SBAI Parent meeting: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 from 6-7pm at the Thornwood Library
- This meeting is by invitation only.
- Online Lottery: Tuesday, April 2, 2024
- New Dragons Onboarding Tour: Tuesday, April 9, 2024
- Commitment to Attend SBAI form deadline: Friday, April 12, 2024