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Overall Niche Grade
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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 614 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% 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

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1240
91 responses
Average ACT
28
28 responses
AP Enrollment
20%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$87,701
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,632
National
$949
Median Home Value
$858,800
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
Report
  • 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
614
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
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$69,006
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
$13,970/ 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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Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Reviews

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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.
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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.
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.