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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  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 795 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1260
148 responses
Average ACT
27
44 responses
AP Enrollment
20%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$146,060
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,779
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,241,640
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Field day
    41%
  • The Fests
    23%
  • Media Night
    14%
  • I also enjoy the music concerts at the school
    9%
  • I forget, but the department day thing and vday
    7%
  • Department Shows and Exhibits
    2%
  • Spirit Week
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
795
Free or Reduced Lunch
19%
54%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
8%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
27:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,548
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.5%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 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
$16,096/ year
National
$12,239
76%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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Academically, SOTA is very weak and students rarely get the academic support they need. In classes, while some students are engaged and make the classroom exciting, many students skip class and do not participate. Students are passionate and cool, while drug problems are all too prevalent. I have known many students to leave school to go to drug and alcohol rehab, which is extremely concerning and disheartening. I have not found my needs met as a student emotionally or academically. WOuld not recommend if you care about learning and being prepared academically for college, but if you are focused on your art and having a cool community, it's alright.
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I loved the structure of the school's non-traditional classrooms and hyper-focus on the arts. The school has lots of strong support programs from mental health counseling to academic support. As a student with an IEP, SOTA was very helpful in making sure I had the support I needed through teachers that would fight for me and made me feel very welcome and supported. However, the school environment had a severe lack of structure, and most of the administration and many teachers were new and didn't have the proper experience to support the student body as a whole.
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.