Ruth Asawa San Francisco School Of The Arts

Deadline for Application: Friday, December 14th, 2018

555 Portola Dr.
San Francisco, CA  94131

The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts offers a highly creative alternative for students who seek in-depth study of the arts as part of their daily high school experience.

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Students attend academic classes each morning on a rotating block schedule. In the afternoon, at least 2 to 3 hours daily are devoted to their art discipline, where they are taught and mentored by their Arts Directors and a corps of Artists-in-Residence from the broader arts community. In addition to fulfilling their academic responsibilities, students spend their time in rehearsals, studio time, outside lessons, training, showcases and performances.

Asawa SOTA is one of the smallest high schools in the district, and also one of the highest-achieving in standardized test scores and college admissions. The 4-Year Plan meets all University of California A through G requirements and an array of Honors and AP classes give students access to intellectually challenging coursework. The majority of SOTA graduates pursue higher education, most at traditional colleges and universities, and about ten percent at conservatories and art academies nationwide.

Asawa SOTA is a public high school located in Diamond Heights and shares a campus with the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Academic Performance
Students Who Graduate in 4 Years93%
This is the percentage of a group of students at a school that graduated within 4 years.
College Readiness81%
This is the percentage of students at a school that scored at least a 21 on the ACT, which demonstrates a higher level of readiness to take college level courses.
Percent of Students Meeting or Exceeding State Standards: English Language Arts / Literacy70%
Percent of Students Meeting or Exceeding State Standards: Mathematics68%
Students Enrolled in Courses Required for UC/CSU Admission96%
Graduates Who Completed All Courses Required for UC/CSU Admission66%
Students Enrolled in AP Courses 59%
School Culture
Support for Academic Learning77%
Knowledge and Fairness of Discipline, Rules and Norms66%
Sense of Belonging (School Connectedness)72%
School Safety
Parents: Feel school grounds are safe90%
Students: Feel school grounds are safe69%
Staff: Feel school grounds are safe67%
School Fit
Student to Teacher Ratio25
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Total Enrollment757
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Black 7.5%
American Indian / Alaskan .5%
Asian 16.8%
Filipino 4.1%
Hispanic 14.9%
Pacific Islander .3%
White 40.2%
Two or More Races 6.6%
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School UniformNo Uniforms
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General Information
School TypePublic
Application Requirements
Selections(Not Available)
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily Schedule7:45 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Courses Offered
A - History / Social Science CoursesAP Human GeographyAP US Government and PoliticsAP US HistoryAP World HistoryPrinciples of American DemocracyUS HistoryUS History and GeographyWorld HistoryWorld History, Culture, and Geography
B - English CoursesAmerican LiteratureEnglish 1English 2English Language and CompositionEnglish Language Arts 10English Language Arts 11English Language Arts 12English Language Arts 9English Literature and CompositionEnglish/European Literature
C - Math CoursesAlgebra 1Algebra 2Algebra 2 HonorsAP Calculus ABAP StatisticsCCSS Algebra 1CCSS Algebra 2CCSS GeometryGeometryPre-Calculus
D - Lab Science CoursesAP BiologyAstronomyBiologyBiology with LabsChemistryChemistry ConceptualChemistry with LabsPhysics
E - Language CoursesAP Spanish Language and CultureChinese 2 CompetencyCompetency French 2Fluency Chinese 1French 1 CompetencyItalian 1Italian 2Italian 3Spanish 1Spanish 1 CompetencySpanish 2Spanish 2 CompetencySpanish 3
F - Visual / Performing Arts CoursesAdv DrawingAP Studio Art: DrawingArchitecture 1Architecture 2ArtBand - AdvancedBand - IntermediateDance - AdvancedDance - BeginningDance - IntermediateDrawing/Painting 1Guitar - AdvancedGuitar - IntermediateMedia Arts 1Media Arts 2Media Arts 3Media Arts 4Music Theatre 1Music Theatre 2Music Theatre 3Orchestra - AdvancedOrchestra - IntermediatePainting 2PhotographyPiano Lab 1Piano Lab 2Piano Lab 3Theater Tech - AdvancedTheater Tech - BeginningTheater Tech - IntermediateTheatre - AdvancedTheatre - IntermediateVocal Lab 1Vocal Lab 2Vocal Lab 3World Arts
G - College Prep CoursesAP MicroeconomicsAP PsychologyCreative WritingCreative Writing AdvancedCritical Thinking and Social ChangeEconomicsEntrepreneurship/Self-EmploymentEthnic StudiesLeadership 1Leadership 2LGBTQ 1LGBTQ StudiesPersonal Finance
AP CoursesAP Human GeographyAP MicroeconomicsAP PsychologyAP Studio Art: DrawingBiologyCalculus ABEnglish Language and CompositionEnglish Literature and CompositionSpanish Language and CultureStatisticsUS Government and PoliticsUS HistoryWorld History
Other ClassesBlack History Club
College and CareerCollege 10%
SportsBadmintonBaseballBasketball, BoysBasketball, GirlsCross CountryFencingFlag FootballFrisbee ClubRunningSoccer, BoysSoccer, GirlsSpirit SquadTrack and FieldVolleyball, BoysVolleyball, Girls
ArtsComic ClubFashion ClubReel Unknown Movies ClubSong Writing ClubSOTA Arts Collective
Media(Not Available)
STEMSOTA Robotics Team
Cultural/Ethnic Language Clubs(Not Available)
Health and Wellness(Not Available)
Life and LeadershipEthics BowlMock TrialPeace Out Club
Parents and CommunityJew CrewLive to Love Club
OtherACFSAsian Pacific Islanders ClubDr. Who ClubFarm Club