Prospective Students

Application and Audition Information

Thank you for your interest in Ruth Asawa School of the 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 apply where art department space is available. We are not accepting applications from current 10th or 11th grade students.

Follow These Steps to APPLY 

1.  Apply to Ruth Asawa SOTA  -  Deadline:  December 16, 2022 

  • Complete and submit a Ruth Asawa SOTA Application Form.
  • Students apply to one art department and remain in that department during their four years in high school.

2.  Complete an Audition Assignment (required)  -  Deadline:  December 16, 2022

  • All applicants complete an Audition Assignment to receive audition.
  • Audition assignments are unique to each art department.

3.  Audition (required):   Saturday, February 4, 2023

  • Students will receive audition date, time, and details via email about two weeks prior to the audition after completing steps 1 and 2.
  • Alternate (overflow) Audition Date:  Sunday, February 5, 2023  Students are assigned an audition date. Students do not select a date.
  • Students audition for one art department or strand.

4.  Apply to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)

  • Students applying to Ruth Asawa SOTA MUST also apply to SFUSD. SFUSD has its own (separate) application and deadline.
  • Ruth Asawa SOTA must be listed on the SFUSD application as a preferred school.

School Tours

We offer 2 School Tours:  No appointment necessary.  All are welcome!

  • Monday, October 17, 2022, from 12:30pm - 2:30pm    
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022, from 12:30pm - 2:30pm 

Tour Details: 

  • Tours begin: 12:30pm
  • Tours begin in the Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre (main theatre) on the Asawa SOTA campus, located at 555 Portola Drive, San Francisco
  • Tours include an auditorium presentation, student guided school tour, and visit to the art department prospective students are applying to.
  • Tours end:  2:30pm

Please note: The Wednesday, November 16, 2022, school tour is an early dismissal day for students. Students will guide tours but will not be present in art classrooms.


Student Shadows

There are no student shadow opportunities at this time. Please attend a School Tour.

Details and Application

This page was last updated on November 7, 2022