Apply to Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

2022-23 Application Deadline and Audition

Students who apply to Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts must complete two applications:

  1. The SOTA application is available online beginning October 17, 2021 and is due by December 17, 2021.
  2. The SFUSD general application will be available through ParentVue and on the EPC website beginning October 22nd, 2021, and is due by February 4, 2022. (Ruth Asawa should be listed on the general application in the order of preference)

General information about the admissions/audition process can be found at  Questions about the admissions process, including auditions and required documentation should be directed to the school at 415-695-5700 or 

Ruth Asawa Selection Process

Students who have qualified by audition and list Ruth Asawa as their first choice school will receive an assignment offer to Ruth Asawa. Those who have qualified, but list another school as a higher choice than Ruth Asawa, will go into the assignment process for their higher choices. If they receive a placement into a higher choice school, he/she will not receive an offer to Ruth Asawa but to the higher choice school. If a qualified student does not receive a higher requested school, they will be assigned to Ruth Asawa. Because of the student assignment process, it’s important that students list schools by preference. Students who do not qualify for Ruth Asawa will not be negatively impacted for their other school choices, and will be included in the assignment process for all the other choices listed on their applications.

We encourage all interested 8th grade students to apply for our 9th grade cohorts. Generally, Ruth Asawa is at capacity in all other grade levels. Any questions should be directed to or

Admission to Ruth Asawa is solely based on audition outcomes. There is no waiting pool or appeal process for Ruth Asawa.

Residency Requirement

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