Our school is basically 'Fame' in a nutshell. We are breeding the next 'up-and-coming' artists. It's pretty awesome.
It allows students to funnel their creativity into their art disciplines. It is an excellent opportunity for young adults to better their skills in their art form and ready them for a future in the arts.
My child loves the atmosphere at her school. It has also allowed her to develop her artistic skills and merit.
I love school of the arts because the students and teachers here are very social and unaffraid to let others know how they feel. You can find talented minds at any school, but at school of the arts, you can find some of the wisest minds.
School Of The Arts has an amazing arts program, with a diverse student body
I'm a former student, the school itself, is almost like every other highschool, great people, fun, friends, the usual cliche stuff, except, we had very few funding resulting in fewer classes available and higher standards to get into honors and ap sections (don't get me wrong, the average mark for SotA rose under all these circumstances proving we... err, they, are more than what meets the eye (totally stole that from Transformers, so sue me) As one of the first graduating class, i wish the other's experience won't run short like the one we had, just because the school is broke
SOTA has amazing arts and academics, with phenomenal student performances and a great school culture. As a teacher there, I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of such a dynamic school and love challenging my students to use their artistic discipline to express their learning.
School of the arts lets me expand in my own art form while also allowing me to become better accustomed with all the other disiplines my fellow students take part in. It is an amazing thing to know that everyone in my math class has a specific art form they excel in and are passionate about.
School of the Arts has a healthy environment for everyone and everyone, and has unparalleled arts programs and electives.
Such an accepting, warmhearted environment. I wouldn't be as happy at any other school.
Great arts program. Great tight-knit community. Hard working teachers. Good academics. All in San Francisco. Need I say more?
School of the Arts is a great school that really inspires students to enrich their learning, but also to pursue their love of their art. It's a great learning environment, but we could definitely use a better campus. We love our teachers, our classes, and most importantly our art! We work hard and we'd love to be rewarded for it.
It's a great environment where students have freedom but are also disciplined in learning an art they have a passion for. After attending SOTA, I couldn't possibly imagine myself at another school.
One of my friends, paraphrasing Churchill, described SOTA as 'the worst high school, except for all the others.' At a traditional high school, the single-mindedness of a committed artist is discouraged: you may be a musician, but you still have to read this thousand-page novel! You may be a poet, but finish this calculus equation or you're not graduating! While academics are still mandatory and the AP/honors program is fairly strong, SOTA gives students the freedom to seriously pursue the arts if they so choose. Some students will just take this freedom and spend 4 years as a slacker or a stoner, so I don't send your kid here unless he/she is mature and self-motivated. But as a recent SOTA graduate who is now studying music at a renowned conservatory, I can say with confidence that 4 years at almost any other high school would have been hell for me.
SOTA is a small school of only about 600 students -- unusual by today's standards with high schools typically enrolling several thousand kids. At SOTA, we have lots of parent involvement and it really feels like a community.....as parents, we share the common goal of wanting the best for our students and we share a deep admiration for the talents of this diverse group. Check it out yourself - you will be amazed by our performances!! I have seen my own student develop a real passion for the instrument she plays and that is a great thing!
its a very, very safe place to grow as an artist, individual, and thinker.
I am a parent of a soon to be senior at SOTA...she has had a wonderfully diverse, creative and challenging high school experience so far..she has been academically challenged (in honors and AP classes) and most importantly her performance and knowledge in her art focus has grown sooooo much! which was the MAIN reason she choose sota (over lowell actually) love this school
My son is a freshman. We love SOTA. It is a privilege to be here. It is not a 'druggy' school. The school watches it's student body carefully. (Zero tolerance, no wandering about). The new principal is committed to bettering math and science and bringing cohesion to all departments. Freshman counseling is excellent. My son's teachers are responsive and engaged. Better communication with families vis a vis student's class choices and progress is needed. I wish there were some sort of parent-teacher conferences--but School Loop will be up this coming year. If your kid is self motivated and has a developed artistic talent, it will be nurtured at SOTA. Their academics will not suffer. (2008 API = 747). The atmosphere is exciting, mature, focused--unlike most other high school campuses. Kids are creating meaningful artwork, in many cases on par with adult art, not just passively absorbing information!
School of the Arts has a mission that is specific....to create a school where children who want to focus on one specific art discipline will thrive. To that end I think it is highly successful. Where the school suffers is when it is expected to be all things to all people. There are schools in SF which are more rounded and a better fit for the student who wants a little bit of everything. What you get at SOTA is a lot of one thing.
My son is in the Creative Writing program at SOTA which is nothing short of amazing. The math and science could be better. My son attended an independant middle school and had more enthusiastic teachers in these classes, and he misses that. He still is learning. If needed we will use some of the money that we are saving by sending him to this fabulous school over a fabulous independant school on a tutor so that he can ace his SATs and get into the college of his choice(and it will be a relatively small percentage of the $ saved). SOTA grads get into a wide variety of great colleges and universities.
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