A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Address
555 Portola Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94131
Telephone
(415) 695-5700
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Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1230
79 responses
Average ACT
28
22 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Field day
    42%
  • The Fests
    24%
  • Media Night
    18%
  • I also enjoy the music concerts at the school
    6%
  • I forget, but the department day thing and vday
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    3%
  • Homecoming
    0%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
624
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
55%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
5%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.3%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$13,970/ year
National
$12,239
76%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
16%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Reviews

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Students are able to pursue an art just as vigorously as academics are pursued in other public high schools. A student generally takes academic courses in the mornings and arts classes in the afternoons. Academic classes are somewhat limited. Compared to other schools, offerings for AP and Honors classes are few, and these classes tend to be large. The remodeled instrumental music building is a good space for practicing, but not very good for large ensemble rehearsals. Music students have access to master classes with professional musicians and access to many performance opportunities. There are many extracurricular activities for students to pursue, such as clubs, sports, and student government.
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During my time at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, the rigorous arts curriculum and academics challenged me to grow and stretch beyond my comfort zone. The Creative Writing department provided me with opportunities to take on leadership roles and overcome my initial shyness. The caring faculty encouraged me to develop my talent and prepare for a career in writing by submitting my work to various publications and performing onstage readings. The student community is incredibly close-knit and caring, and peers are always supportive of one another. Overall, I would recommend this school to any creatively-minded person who would like to develop their artistic talents as well as their personal skills.
Overall SOTA has been a great experience! The teachers are truly engaged with their students and care about them. SOTA is an environment where all identities are accepted and where student's artistic talents flourish.