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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts is a highly rated, public, magnet, alternative school located in San Francisco, CA. It has 664 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
555 Portola Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94131
Telephone
(415) 695-5700
Website
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1260
120 responses
Average ACT
28
30 responses
AP Enrollment
20%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$120,589
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,752
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,103,322
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Field day
    42%
  • The Fests
    24%
  • Media Night
    16%
  • I forget, but the department day thing and vday
    8%
  • I also enjoy the music concerts at the school
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    3%
  • Spring Musical
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
664
Free or Reduced Lunch
21%
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
9%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,439
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.5%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$16,195/ year
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
19%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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SOTA is definitely a great place for students who like to progress in their artistic careers and their academic ones simultaneously. The school has an organized schedule that balances the time spent on academic classes and the arts during each school day.
There is a good range of academic classes, the teachers prepare the students well in the subjects they teach, and they are all very friendly in helping the students to achieve the best that they can. Furthermore, the academic teachers are all very supportive regarding the students' artistic skills and their performances, and some are actually artists themselves.
SOTA encourages diversity and creativity, and the students and faculty are supportive. There are performances for each department and a few interdisciplinary events where the different departments collaborate
While the facilities are quite good, improvements in the heating and air-conditioning systems and the maintenance of the cafeteria and the theater are necessary.
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The school is great. Although, there are a handful of really bad teachers. I, unfortunately, have had bad teachers in classes in which I had very poor experiences 3 out of 4 years. Also, the administration is not the very best. I know there are many people, including me, that go to admin with their problems and they either can't help or they never get resolved. On the other hand, I really love the fact that you have the opportunity to work with professional artists whether your art is something you want to pursue or not. So when all of that comes to play, I'd give SOTA 3/5 stars.
Most teachers work hard to ensure that students' needs are met, but 1/4 of them cannot teach material clearly. All SOTA shows are awe-inspiring, especially the musicals. Heck, there are even inter-discipline shows where people with different talents can work together!

Many people become tired of their art since we have to do it 2 hours a day. I almost lost my passion because of the competitive nature of my department so I transferred departments.

There are some students who are mean and unfriendly, and some who are kind. The majority of students are average--neither friendly nor unfriendly.

In freshman year, students either take Dance PE or regular PE. I took Dance PE and it was scary since I don't dance. But now I love to dance for fun. I absolutely loved my English class, which transcends the norms of the classroom and allows students to participate in illuminated discussion.