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Ruth Asawa SF SOTA Application Process

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) applicants must turn in both the SOTA application and a general SFUSD application, and schedule an audition to take place in January or March by contacting the school at 415-695-5700.

SOTA applicants must turn in a SOTA application to SOTA  by Wednesday, December 13, 2017 to participate in the first audition (Saturday, January 13, 2018) and the first placement round, or by Wednesday, February 21, 2018, to participate in the second audition (Saturday, March 10, 2018) and second placement round.  Applicants must also turn in the general SFUSD application by January 12, 2018.  SOTA should be listed on the general application in the correct order of preference.

All applications for SOTA are reviewed and students who have qualified for SOTA through the audition process are identified prior to the general assignment run for the first placement run. Qualifying students who list SOTA as the first choice school will receive an assignment offer to SOTA. Those who qualify but list another school as a higher choice than SOTA will go into the assignment run. If they receive a placement into a higher choice school, they will not receive an offer to SOTA but to the higher choice school instead. Therefore, it is important to list choices of schools by preference.  Students who do not qualify for SOTA will not be negatively impacted (it will be as if the SOTA was not listed as a choice school) and will be included in the assignment process for all the other choices listed on their applications.

Entrance criteria for SOTA are solely based on audition outcomes. There is no waiting pool or appeal process for SOTA, however students may re-audition at the school’s discretion.

Admission to Lowell and Ruth Asawa SOTA is limited to students who reside in San Francisco only. Residents who subsequently move out of district will not be allowed an interdistrict permit to continue.

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