The mission of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts is to provide a specialized high school program and learning environment conducive to creative and independent thinking and committed to artistic and academic excellence for all promising students of the arts.
Students receiving RSP and Inclusion support services are admitted to SOTA through the regular SOTA admission process.
Students receiving RSP and Inclusion support services are admitted to the Academy of Arts and Sciences via the regular district lottery process which takes student choice into account.
Community Access and Transition students for both the regular CAT class and the Academic CAT class are admitted to SOTA via the regular district lottery process which takes student choice into account.
SDC Special Education Students are admitted to SOTA via two routes:
1) Audition via the regular audition process.
Review this website for the entire process and all requirements. SOTA is committed to a diverse student body, and will accept any San Francisco special education student who competitively and successfully auditions.
All IEP accommodations relevant to the audition process will be implemented for all auditioning students who have an IEP. To discuss this contact the Special Education Department Head by email here.
2) Selecting SOTA in the SFUSD Lottery process.
Each year, approximately 25 SDC students list Asawa SOTA as their first choice. 5 are granted admission. Those students participate in the SDC art program and are welcome to audition for a SOTA art discipline at any regularly scheduled time.