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Audition Policy Frame

In keeping with Ruth Asawa School of the Arts’ shared values of Excellence and Equity, the audition guidelines are designed to identify students with artistic potential – both cultivated (as demonstrated in prior knowledge) and promising (aptitude) – who would benefit from an arts immersion high school experience. The school seeks students with an expressed interest in deepening their commitment to the arts. The audition process is intended to identify this expressed interest and assess prior learning and aptitude. The intention of the audition is to give audience to all interested students and to diminish the inequity for those who have not had access to arts development programs outside of the daily school programming in their elementary and middle schools.


These guidelines are in alignment with the findings of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts Admissions Task Force in addition to the procedures currently in place under the direction of the Arts Heads, with oversight from the school principal and designated central office personnel. The school’s Arts Heads have worked to increase access to their programs for those students who have experienced a lack of arts programming in their schools. These guidelines will be revised annually, after a self-study has been completed and further recommendations are forwarded to the Chief Academic Officer or a designee.


The policy issues that are highlighted here provide staff with guidelines and process; the goal is that auditions produce a roster of enrollees that represent the diversity of SFUSD.