SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (HIGH)

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555 PORTOLA DR
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94131
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Phone: 415-695-5700
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: San Francisco Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 16:1
  • Students/Grade: 87.5
  • Number Students: 350
  • Number Teachers: 35
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4889
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Greg Markwith
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (62 ratings)
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    School Reviews (61 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-24
    "SOTA is a fabulous school! My child has been studying here for the past two years and each year I ve noticed staff making improvements. We are so pleased that several advanced placement courses were added to the curriculum this year. Adding challenging subjects allows our teenagers to be more engaged, and it shows that SOTA admin are paying attention to parent feedback! Additionally, the quality of the artists-in-residence program is remarkable. If you have a talented kid who is academically motivated, you should absolutely put SOTA on your list!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-28
    "SOTA is a great school! When my son was in middle school, every morning was a struggle just to get him out of bed for school. Now that he is at SOTA, he eagerly looks forward to joining his teachers and friends each day. The talent of the teachers and students is incredible. Some of the academic classes are still quite a challenge for my son but most of his teachers try to help as much as they can. We haven t heard of any drug problems within our department because our son's vocal teacher has a strict policy that drugs are an absolute no. FoSOTA is the nonprofit group that raises money for the school. They help keep the art programs in operation. My son went on the vocal trip to NY this January and FoSOTA was instrumental in making the trip a reality for all the kids in the department. The campus facilities are worn but most of the spaces work well enough for the classes. The performances are amazing! If your child is interested in auditioning, you should definitely go see a few shows. Our overall experience has been wonderful!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-26
    "This is a free public arts high school with lots of talented kids applying. They don't all get in, it's not that you're kid isn't good or anything, there's just a lot of talent out. For every one spot, I think about 4 - 8 students apply depending on the department. So the school has a reputation for drugs, it doesn't have a bigger problem than any other school, but here, they talk about it to the parents and students. Their test scores are the 2nd best in the district, right after Lowell. Think about it, Lowell only takes the best, we take the most talented and they push for education here, not just the arts. Some of the teachers are awesome and go above and beyond to help their students, some just suck. It happens in every school. The PTSA is great here, they try to keep families involved by bringing programs such as how apply for college, talks on drugs, internet use, it's all good stuff. They also do a lot of school activities like staff cookie boxes for the holidays. As always there's tons of school politics and it's sad but it mainly falls under on group FOSOTA which is basically do it's their way or no way. I think with the politics parents don't get as involved."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-05
    "Excellent school for students art, music or theater talent. We live an hour from the school and could not imagined any other school for him, Highly recommend it!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-10
    "Amazing team! Motivated and engaged PTSA. Kids are happy! what more could a parent ask for?"
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