Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

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  • School Type

    High School (9-12)
  • Estimated Enrollment

  • Principal

    • Stella Kim
  • Assistant Principal(s)

    • Amber Mosby
  • Hours

    Mo - Tu: 8:40 am-3:35 pm
    We: 8:40 am-2:20 pm
    Th - Fr: 8:40 am-3:35 pm

    Wednesday is an early release day and students are released at 2:20pm.

  • School Tour

    School Tour Dates: 

    Virtual School Tour found under Admissions

    Wed., Oct. 4, 2023, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Wed., Nov. 1, 2023, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    School Tours begin at 1:00pm in the Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre (main theater). Campus parking is limited.



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  • Uniforms Policy

    NO school uniform
  • Neighborhood

    Diamond Heights, Forest Hill, Miraloma, Twin Peaks, West Portal
  • School Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, After School Supper

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  • School Code

  • Vision:  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.

    Mission:  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.

  • Language Programs

    • Spanish World Language
  • Special Education Programs

    • Resource Specialist Program Services
    • Separate class - Mild/moderate
  • 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
  • Arts Enrichment

    • Art Class
    • Artists in Residence
    • Arts residency
    • Band
    • Choir
    • Concert Band
    • Creative writing
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Drumming
    • Ethnic Studies
    • Guitar
    • Instrumental music
    • Jazz
    • Mariachi
    • Media arts
    • Mixed media
    • Music program
    • Orchestra
    • Performing arts
    • Photography
    • Rock Band
    • STEAM
    • Theater
    • Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
    • Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Teachers
    • Visual arts
    • Vocal Performing Arts
    • Writing or poetry
    SOTA offers specialized arts programs: DANCE: Conservatory Dance, World Dance, MUSIC: Band, Orchestra, Guitar, Piano, Vocal, and World Music, MEDIA & FILM, THEATRE: Acting, Musical Theatre, THEATER TECHNOLOGY: Costumes, Stagecraft, VISUAL: Drawing & Painting, Architecture & Design
  • Student Support Programs

    • Access to nurse
    • Advisory
    • Counselor
    • Family liaison
    • Mentoring
    • On-site nurse
    • Social worker
  • Career Technical Education Academies

    • Arts, Media and Entertainment
  • College Counseling

    • 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)
School Data
  • School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

    School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) are required by state law and are intended to provide families with important information.

  • School Accountability Highlights

    Published annually by SFUSD to provide access to key data points and three-year trends related to student achievement and school culture-climate. The highlights are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Filipino, and Vietnamese.

  • Social-Emotional and Culture Climate Report

    SFUSD annually surveys families and school staff on a range of school climate indicators that have been found to predict positive student academic achievement. The social-emotional learning of students in grades 4-12 is also assessed.

  • School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

    School communities gather twice a year to review data and previous actions in order to intentionally plan for the coming months. The School Plan for Student Achievement is the template on which this review and stakeholder engagement process is codified.

Contact Info
  • Address

    555 Portola Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94131
  • Phone Number

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  • Email
  • Website


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Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
555 Portola Drive, San Francisco, 94131
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Mo - Tu: 8:40 am-3:35 pm
We: 8:40 am-2:20 pm
Th - Fr: 8:40 am-3:35 pm