Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

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Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
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555 Portola Drive


United States
Coordinates 37°44′43″N 122°26′55″W / 37.7454°N 122.4486°W / 37.7454; -122.4486
Latitude and Longitude:

37°44′43″N 122°26′55″W / 37.7454°N 122.4486°W / 37.7454; -122.4486
Type Public Arts High School
Established1982 (1982)
School district San Francisco Unified School District
NCES School ID 063441001276 [1]
PrincipalCaitlin Boyle [2]
Teaching staff32.08 (on a FTE basis) [1]
Enrollment756 (2017-2018) [1]
Student to teacher ratio22.57 [1]

The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts is a public alternative high school in San Francisco, California, United States. It was established in 1982 and is part of the San Francisco Unified School District.


For many years, Ruth Asawa, sculptor and passionate advocate for arts in education, as well as others had campaigned to start a public high school in San Francisco devoted to the arts, with the ultimate goal of such a school to be located in the arts corridor in the heart of San Francisco's Civic Center.

At its inception in 1982, SOTA was created as a part of J. Eugene McAteer High School, on its present site on Portola Drive. Ten years later, in 1992, the school - now a full-fledged public school separate from McAteer - was relocated to the former SFUSD Frederick Burke Elementary School at 700 Font Boulevard on the campus of San Francisco State University. Due to the dissolution of McAteer High School in 2002, SOTA was offered to return to the more appropriate, fully equipped high school site. The school community elected to make this move, with the understanding that the school would eventually be situated in the Civic Center. [3]

In 2005 a new public high school, the Academy of Arts and Sciences, was started and given space on the McAteer campus. Although it shares the campus with the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, it is a completely separate school. [4] Now called The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteer, it admits students through the normal high school admissions process.

In 2010, SOTA was renamed the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts in honor of Ruth Asawa. [5] In 2011, the school was recognized as a " California Distinguished School" by the California Department of Education as one of the state's most "exemplary and inspiring" public schools, demonstrating significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap among its students. [6]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - Asawa (Ruth) SF Sch of the Arts A Public School (063441001276)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Administration". Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Kottmeier, Gisela (February 12, 2014). "District approves SOTA relocation". The Lowell. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Academy of Arts and Sciences". San Francisco Unified School District. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Tucker, Jill (February 24, 2010). "S.F. school board votes to send pink out slips". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "2011 Distinguished Middle and High Schools". California Department of Education. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Nguyen, Chris (2018-03-03). "Sam Rockwell's alma mater in San Francisco hoping for Oscar glory". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  8. ^ Trevenon, Stacy (March 9, 2001). "The music man cometh". Half Moon Bay Review. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  9. ^ Carlson, Erin (2019-08-31). "The Rising Stars of San Francisco Films". Nob Hill Gazette. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  10. ^ Whiting, Sam (March 2, 2016). "Most likely to... Actors and their Bay Area high schools". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-05-09.

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