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Ruth Asawa School of the Arts High School

School code number: 815
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

555 Portola Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94131
Neighborhood: Diamond Heights; West Portal, Miraloma, Forest Hill, Twin Peaks
Phone: 415-695-5700
Fax: 415-695-5326
Principal: Caitlin Boyle

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The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts is a public, audition-based, alternative high school in the San Francisco Unified School District committed to equity and excellence in the arts and academics for all of our community members.


The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts is a college preparatory school that provides an experience uniquely rooted in dynamic arts programs that reflect our city’s cultural diversity. Promising young artists and thinkers collaborate with teachers, professional artists, and their community to explore and develop their personal identity through art, insight, and movements that reflect and influence the world around them. Academic and Arts classes inform each other, balancing creative play with dedicated discipline, and building expertise in both classical and contemporary areas of study. Students devote themselves to studying how art, academic inquiry, and authentic expression impact civic engagement and social justice in local and global communities. Ruth Asawa SOTA is dedicated to the values of Respect, Openness, Safety and, Engagement.

School Tours

School tours will be held on the following Mondays: Oct. 22, 2018, Nov. 26, 2018, and Jan. 7, 2019 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Dan Kryston Memorial Theater.

Students and families are encouraged to attend at least one performance before applying. Auditions will be held on Feb. 2, 2019 and Feb. 9, 2019 (application deadline is Jan. 16, 2019 at 3 p.m.)



School Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Afterschool programs

Academic Support/Tutoring and extended day for various Arts programs

Special Education Programs

  • Moderate/severe

Language Programs

  • Italian World Language
  • Spanish World Language

Student Support Programs

  • Access to nurse
  • Advisory
  • Counselor
  • Mentoring
  • Family liaison
  • Health and wellness center
  • On-site nurse
  • Social worker
  • Other

Arts Enrichment

SOTA offers specialized arts programs in 16 different areas of study: Architecture + Design, Band, Creative Writing, Dance, Guitar, Media, Musical Theater, Orchestra, Piano, Spoken Arts, Technical Theater (Stagecraft and Costume Design), Theatre Arts, Vocal (Classical and Jazz/Contemporary Voice), Visual Art, World Dance and World Music.

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Academic counseling
  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes
  • Career Technical Education (CTE) Academies
  • College classes at CCSF or SFSU
  • Individual learning plans
  • Internships available
  • Project-based learning
  • Service learning
  • STEAM (science; technology; engineering; arts; mathematics)
  • Student portfolios
  • Tutoring in school

College Technical Education (CTE) Academies

  • Arts
  • Media and Entertainment

College Counseling/Support Programs

  • Academic counseling
  • College and/or career counseling
  • College and/or career fair
  • College application workshops
  • College tours and visits
  • Personal statement workshops
  • UCSF Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)