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- a community member
SFSOTA is a creative hub with rigorous academics: students go to next level in ELA program, and are doing differentiated, integrative math with CCSS. Also am grateful to see integration among programs through performance opportunities.



- a community member
My child is loving this school, and though she has late nights for heer discipline, she never complains. I'm sad Todd Wedge is leaving, and have hope that his replacement will continue with the same quality of instruction. I also hope that school board continues to allow out of districts students to participate in this wondereful school.




- a parent
Great teachers, student body and parent leadership! My daughter is in the great Visual Arts Department.



- a community member
My child is loving this school, and though she has late nights for heer discipline, she never complains. I'm sad Todd Wedge is leaving, and have hope that his replacement will continue with the same quality of instruction. I also hope that school board continues to allow out of districts students to participate in this wondereful school.



- a parent
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!




- a parent
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!



- a parent
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.



- a parent
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!




- a parent
Amazing team! Motivated and engaged PTSA. Kids are happy! what more could a parent ask for?



- a parent
This school is a jewel of San Francisco. Everything about it - the size, the care and understanding of teachers, the spirit of the student, the incredible artwork and student projects.....this school is very special. My son is very proud to be going here and I am grateful for this opportunity for him.

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