Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

We are currently accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year.

The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts is a San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) high school offering visual and performing art classes daily in addition to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum.  

The Art Programs at Asawa SOTA include:

  • Dance  -  Conservatory Dance or World Dance
  • Media & Film
  • Music  -  Instrumental or Vocal Arts
  • Theater Tech  -  Stagecraft or Costume & Fashion Design
  • Theatre - Acting Major or Musical Theatre Major
  • Visual  -  Architecture & Design or Drawing & Painting
  • Writing  -  Creative Writing or Spoken Arts

All current 8th graders, living in San Francisco, that have a passion in a single art discipline, are encouraged to apply. 

Current 9th graders may to apply where art department space is available. We are not accepting applications from current 10th or 11th grade students.

Students audition for placement in one department or strand only.  Auditioning students qualify for placement based on audition results - no academic criteria are used.

Most departments require the completion of an audition assignment prior to receiving an audition.  

Auditions are held in February for placement the following school year.  About 175 students are accepted.

Ruth Asawa SOTA's application process is different than other SFUSD high schools. Both Ruth Asawa SOTA and SFUSD have their own, separate, application forms and process.  Applicants must apply to both. 

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This page was last updated on October 16, 2022