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School Of The Arts

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Posted June 7, 2013

I am an alumni from SOTA and I highly recommend the school. I had a great experience there most of my friends as well as myself all do what we went to high school for. The train you to be your best and prfom to the highest level and to be disciplined in you craft


Posted December 6, 2012

This school is so cool and its a pleasure to have to go there. I'm a creative writing major but, you might see one of my books here. The teachers are nice its very clean and there is no bullying here. I'm not in honors but i know people who are and their homework is difficult so it challenges their brains. Also, it teaches us responsibility and we get respect from ourselves and staff/peers. Discipline is very strict and people would think we are preppy but in the the hallways i see students hugging the security guards I'm in seventh grade now but I`m gonna stay until i graduate!


Posted February 1, 2011

I am a 7th grader and i have had the most amazing time that i ever had at any other school, this is the school that i always dreamed of going to and i got in i am a band major and it is really amazing, you might think that our school has a lot of gay people because o how we act but only a few people in this school are gay, you also might think that we are a very mean school but we really are not i hope that some people can see how amazing our school is and u may think of joining our family!


Posted October 5, 2009

This is a fantastic city school devoted to academic breadth and accuity through a focus on the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

I am a 7th grader at this school and in my oppinion, i love it here and would never want to go any where else. This is the school i'v always dreamed of going too. We need more schools that take part in out performing arts programs, we need more people in this city with talents where they succeed and make a living with. piano, voice, theater tech, drama, creative writing, dance, visual arts, and instrumental. I am a vocal major and I am determined to make it big on braodway with the help i'm getting from School of The Arts. =]
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

I actually feel lke going to school in the morning- it's not a hastle. Its more exciting than anything. SOTA is truely one big family and the opportunities are endless. Teachers and students get along flawlessly...it's like leaving your true family to go to school and find yourdelf included in a bigger and better family. I love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2008

My daughter transferred from a private school and she LOVES SOTA!!! The opportunities are far greater here, the teachers are supportive, the building is incredible and the student body is kind and accepting! I only wish we would have started sooner!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

I'm currently a Senior of School of the Arts, I've benn attending this school since 9th grade. I love Sota, beacuse its a unique school, I've been with the same students since 9th grade year. Me and my class groiwn together, and that what i like. There was not a bunch of new students every year, just the same people you bunded with in middle school. Sota is an very independent study school. In class you recieve a lot of indepent project, especially in your major. I'm a visual Arts major and we recieve up to 2 projects in one marking period.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

I'm currently a sophmore at SOTA, and have very few bad things to say about the place, if any. Since coming here in the 7th grade, I have been greeted warmly by the teachers and staff. I've found that the student body is much much more open to different people, and accepting people from different cliques than most other schools. They have a great balance of regular acedemics and the actual 'arts' aspect of your career here. Go SOTA!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2008

I went to school of the arts since 7th garde but when i moved i had to transfer i cried because at school of the arts you make so many friends and soon you bond with the teachersa i would hae been a junior there this year but parents need to enroll there kids at sota my mom doesnt regret it and neither will you I love you SOTA and I will never forget the years I spent there
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2008

SOTA is the best city school in Rochester. The people are nice and the teachers really care. There are so many activities and it's a great school if you want to explore your major.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2007

I went to SOTA for grades 9-12. It was an amazing experience that I will always carry with me. I had amazing teachers who took time to know me and great friends that I can still count on..


Posted November 15, 2007

Sota is amazing. The students the atmosphere and the teachers ability to come to work everday happy> we have very smart and creative unique kids at this school . Very diverse!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2007

So I am a Junior at Sota. It is true-it is an amazing school. The teachers are amazing and love to work with students for individual success. However unless you are completely devoted to your art this is not the school for you. You take a total of 6 art classes at least through your duration of high school. I have already taken 8 classes and i am no where near down yet. SOTA is amazing but not for everyone
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2007

School Of The Arts better known as SOTA is a great school for everybody. You learn so much, and the academics are excellent.I love this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2007

I went to SOTA for grades 9-12. I loved it! I thought the teachers were nice, and I had the chance to double and triple up in majors (Dance, Instrumental Music, and Vocal). If you're child loves the arts send them to SOTA!! There are plenty of opportunities to participate in plays, dance concerts, vocal concerts, even going out in the community to perform! I think parents are very actively involved; whenever there's a show parents are always behind stage assisting with costume changes, makeup, and just being supportive. I'd send my children there!! Our sports teams have drastically improved, and support academics as well. Study halls are provided after school before games/plays/and practices to assure your child is getting their work done, and not coming home to not do it. This school teaches your child time management early!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2007

I am a student at SOTA and I've been going there since 7th grade and I love it.Im a freshman now and the school year has gotten tough. Being that I am a singing major I have to take many vocal classes plus piano. If parents out there want their kids to go to SOTA then get them working hard and let them make the choice on if they really think they can make it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

I wish more parents would attend the PTA meetings, but I understand that its not always easy. The teachers are excellent. Communication could improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I have been attending SOTA since I was in 6th grade.(mines was the second to last class) I have enjoyed it very much. As a middle schooler I was allowed to try many differnt activities.I chosew to stick with the major I came in with. The people are really nice and ive made lots of friends. The classes are large but that gives us a college like feel. I, however am upset about the closed lunch policy. Not a big deal but to the students it is. I just want to let you know that it a wonderful enviroment to grow as a person and stufent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2006

I have been going to SOTA since the 6th Grade (mine was the last 6th Grade class), and I have been very satisfied with my experience so far. Parental involvement seems to be about the same as with other City Schools. The 7th and 8th graders don't get to participate in as much as the High Schoolers do, however. It's been difficult for the kids in my class who were there for 6th Grade, since they seem to be changing everything so that we're at a disadvantage. I also find the Common Assessments that most schools in New York are being forced to take tedious, but that's not the schools fault. Pretty much you can do whatever activities you choose to at SOTA, and the academics are fairly good, though obviously it depends on the teacher, as well as the students in the class.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students26%
Female28%
Male21%
African American9%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities5%
General population28%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English26%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant26%

Math

All Students18%
Female18%
Male19%
African American9%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities0%
General population21%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English19%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant18%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students17%
Female21%
Male14%
African American12%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities0%
General population20%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English18%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant17%

Math

All Students14%
Female14%
Male13%
African American6%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic3%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities0%
General population15%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English14%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant14%

Science

All Students49%
Female52%
Male44%
African American38%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities12%
General population54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
50%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
58%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
72%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
86%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
77%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

24 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students44%
Female47%
Male39%
African American38%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English44%
Non-migrant44%

Chemistry

All Students49%
Female43%
Male64%
African American38%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English49%
Non-migrant49%

Earth Science

All Students46%
Female40%
Male54%
African American31%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities29%
General population47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%

English

All Students84%
Female85%
Male82%
African American80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities29%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

Geometry

All Students70%
Female69%
Male72%
African American57%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%

Global History and Geography

All Students72%
Female75%
Male67%
African American64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities50%
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%

Integrated Algebra

All Students67%
Female73%
Male59%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities43%
General population70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%

Living Environment

All Students64%
Female64%
Male66%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities57%
General population65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%

Physics

All Students69%
Female66%
Male72%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant69%

U.S. History and Government

All Students83%
Female81%
Male84%
African American79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities46%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 1 53% 19%
White 1 26% 48%
Hispanic 2 19% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 263%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 23%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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