Apply to Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

There are two steps to apply to Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) for the 2024-2025 school year:

1) Fill out a 2024-2025 SFUSD application. The SFUSD application must have Asawa SOTA listed as a preferred school. 


2) Sign up for an audition. Learn more about the Application and Audition process for the 2024-25 school year

Ruth Asawa SOTA has an early application and audition assignment deadline. 

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.

This page was last updated on December 18, 2023