Important Admission and Audition Information for the 2021-22 School Year

Due to the current health concerns our community faces there are many unanswered questions about the application and audition process at Asawa SOTA for the 2021-22 school year. 

We are currently reimagining the process and will post application and audition dates, deadlines and details when they are approved by SFUSD.  We hope to share this information in November 2020. 

It is not clear if auditions will be live (in person) or on zoom so please be prepared for either experience. 

Until then, continue to play, sing, dance, act, draw, design, and build. We'll get the details posted ASAP, so please check back!

Admission to the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

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 Departments at Asawa SOTA include Architecture & Design, Band, Creative Writing, Dance, Guitar, Media, Musical Theatre, Orchestra, Piano, Spoken Arts, Theater Technology (Stagecraft & Costume and Fashion Design), Theatre Arts, Vocal Music, World Dance, and World Music.

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

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

Auditions are held in February for placement the following school year.  About 200 students are accepted.

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