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Ruth Asawa SOTA is a public high school located in Diamond Heights and shares a campus with the Academy SF.

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About Our School

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. 


Students attend academic classes each morning on a rotating block schedule. In the afternoon, at least 2 hours 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.


With just under 750 students, Ruth 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 Ruth Asawa SOTA graduates pursue higher education, most at traditional colleges and universities, and about ten percent at conservatories and art academies nationwide. 


The Board of Education adopted the attached resolution on February 23, 2010, permanently changing the name of our school to the Ruth Asawa School the Arts.