Application for Admission


Application window will be open from March 20 to April 3, 2023. SBAI lottery occurs on April 6, 2023.

For students entering grades 6-8: At this time we do not anticipate any available spaces in the middle school for the 2022-2023 school year. Parents are still welcome to submit an application. If any spaces become available, we will contact parents and hold a lottery at that time. We will not hold a lottery for a wait list only at this time but we will keep the applications of interested families on file.

To apply to SBAI, please contact Advanced Academic Services. 

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 on a DRA2 level of 8 (mid-1st grade level).  Students must meet the following criteria.

  • Standard score 145+ (99.9%) or above on at least two of the following sections of the IQ test administered in Level 3: Verbal, Non-Verbal and/or Composite.
  • On grade level or above age peers on district administered criterion-referenced assessments measuring content mastery in reading and math: two grades preferred.

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)

Standard score 145+ (99.9th percentile) on at least two of the following sections: Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, General Ability Index (GAI), and/or Full Scale

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) on at least two of the following sections:  General Intellectual Ability, Verbal Ability and/or Thinking Ability

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.