How can I help my child with special needs get into SOTA?

If you would like your child to begin SOTA in the fall of their 9th grade year, contact admissions to arrange a visit to discuss your child's individual transition plan in the fall of their 8th grade year . Auditions begin in December of the preceding year, so check this website for the application process schedule and all audition requirements.

If my child has an IEP can they come to SOTA?

YES Your child can ABSOLUTELY audition. Many students with IEP’s are admitted.

Approximately how many students with special education needs attend SOTA?


If my child has an IEP can you waive the audition for him or her and put them into an art discipline?

NO. The only way to be admitted to an art discipline at the School of the Arts is by a successful audition.

We are concerned- isn't auditioning stressful?

It can be a stressful process for any child who chooses to audition; it is natural to worry a bit. The key to a successful audition is to be prepared and follow instructions.

Can my child audition for any art discipline? 

ABSOLUTELY. However, auditions are competitive. The typical student who is successful has at least a couple of years of formal training in their chosen art discipline.

If my child has an IEP, will audition timelines still apply?

YES. For all students to have the best possible chance for a successful audition, everyone must follow the posted guidelines and schedules. For assistance navigating the Asawa SOTA admissions and auditions process, please contact the Special Education Department Head via email here.