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Vision & Mission


The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts is a public, audition-based, alternative high school in the San Francisco Unified School District committed to equity and excellence in the arts and academics for all of our community members. 


The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts is a college preparatory school that provides an experience uniquely rooted in dynamic arts programs that reflect our city’s cultural diversity. Promising young artists and thinkers collaborate with teachers, professional artists, and their community to explore and develop their personal identity through art, insight, and movements that reflect and influence the world around them. Academic and Arts classes inform each other, balancing creative play with dedicated discipline, and building expertise in both classical and contemporary areas of study. Students devote themselves to studying how art, academic inquiry, and authentic expression impact civic engagement and social justice in local and global communities. Ruth Asawa SOTA is dedicated to the values of Respect, Openness, Safety and, Engagement.

Building an Anti-Racist, Inclusive, Harassment Free School

The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts is committed to building an actively anti-racist, inclusive, and harassment free school community.  The school staff has identified Equity Challenges that drive our organizational focus, professional development, classroom practice and interactions with our students and families.  We acknowledge that privilege impacts opportunity and the racial and political context in our country impacts teaching and learning.  We acknowledge that as an audition-based, public school, we are obligated to a continuous process of critical self-reflection of the audition system and our artistic programs. We have a shared commitment to student voice, Cultural Humility, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, as well as an agreement to recognize, name, and disrupt microaggressions within our community.

Please enjoy this short film about our school, STORYTELLERS, made by Ethan Bresnick (Media 2017)