Tacoma School of the Arts is an above average, public school located in Tacoma, WA. It has 629 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 22% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 responses
Tacoma School of the Arts Reviews
If you’re passionate for art and nothing more then this place is great for you. But academics and college preparation are very weak. The only AP class they have is humanities and you cant take it til junior year. They have no sports and like four clubs. Its located downtown which can come with a lot of dangers. I’ll try to go into the school but cant because a man is peeing on the sidewalk of the entrance, so A+ for cultural experience. This school doesnt even have a counselor and theres a nurse about two days a week. They say they care about individuals until this school makes you want to kill yourself and the district won’t let you transfer out. Harassment gets reported and nothing gets done. Its cliquey and many people just go here so they dont have to take school seriously. There is so much smoking and admin know it but they dont do anything. Unless youre a carbon copy vans wearing juul inhaler or broadway musical loving furry look elsewhere
Tacoma School of the Arts enables students to learn freely. What I mean by this, is that students choose what they learn. They build their own schedules for each semester and register for them themselves, they have the entire month of January to study one subject that they are interested in all day, every day that month. These are merely a couple examples of how Tacoma School of the Arts respects their students and prepares them for life after high school. Not to mention the twenty minute passing periods and open campus, so that students really do learn the independence that adulthood requires.
Tacoma School of the Arts provided an alternative to more traditional schools and gave me the independence AND the guidance I needed to thrive and learn about myself and the world around me. Humanities classes are focused on educating about real world issues and teach students how to apply their knowledge to their own situations. Arts classes are expansive and help students to discover their creativity while honing the more technical skills they need to succeed in their art form. Internships are available through the Next Move and give students workplace experience. Many features of SOTA contribute to the building of a solid community: Day in the Park, Day of Caring, the monthly school showcase, Art City shows, the Friday Mentor Project Group session. The school is community based and has a small enough student population to be tight knit. I've loved my time at this school and will miss the students and faculty who made it so special.