Studies From Life: Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts: Studies From Life
The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA), located in the Diamond Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, is a four-year public high school serving students who excel in visual, performing, and creative arts. SOTA is one of San Francisco’s premier public high schools, providing professional training in several arts disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, media and filmmaking, voice and world music, theater technology, and visual arts. Students come from a wide range of ethnic and economic backgrounds.
SOTA also offers a robust college-preparatory program, including advance-placement courses and five world languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, and Mandarin.
At SOTA, students have the opportunity to work with gifted art faculty and artists-in-residence, who prepare them for concerts, exhibitions, and musical or theatrical productions. Students learn that art comes from within and requires effort to achieve. Through mentoring programs and performances at elementary and middle schools, SOTA students provide a valuable public service that enriches the community.
Students majoring in visual arts complete an intensive four-year course of study that includes drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography and design. The graphite, charcoal, and color pencil drawings on display, created by tenth-grade students, are expressions of their daily life and surroundings, and are concerned with the effect of light and color on various surfaces.