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About Us

Imagination, courage, persistence, passion, dedication—all qualities essential to succeed in an arts discipline, and in life. Young artists at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts study to understand the history and tradition of their art forms, to learn and practice their techniques, and to find ways to collaborate and work with others.  

They learn that art  comes from within and requires effort to achieve, whether this involves designing and building a stage set; writing and acting in a play; directing, filming and editing a digital video; learning vocal technique and singing in a choral group; leaping lightly in a modern dance; rehearsing in an orchestra or band; playing a complex piano piece; hand-stitching costumes or painting or sculpting a personal vision.              

Since 1982, SOTA has provided a rigorous and inspiring high school program in both artistic and academic disciplines. Renamed the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts in 2010 in honor of one of San Francisco’s world-renowned artists and original founder of this public high school of the arts, SOTA has become a respected part of the cultural life of San Francisco.

The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts is one of San Francisco's premier public high schools and is designated by the state as a California Distinguished School. Visit us at