San Francisco High School of the Arts


We are delighted that you are considering coming to San Francisco High School of the Arts. This is an exciting time of life, and choosing your high school is a very important decision. Our innovative education model has enabled our students to pursue their dreams at the nation’s and the world’s best colleges. Our college-preparatory curriculum and comprehensive arts programs are rigorous and inspiring. Classical arts training helps improve focus and self-mastery. Research has shown that it can also greatly boost academic performance.

The teachers at High School of the Arts are dedicated to inspiring intellectual curiosity, and 

helping students achieve their highest goals. While students develop a well-rounded understanding of the world through both academics and the arts, students will gain knowledge skills that are critical for success in college and beyond.

We seek students who are willing to take on challenges and work hard to excel. We strongly encourage you to schedule a visit with us in San Francisco, to learn more about our school, and determine if this is the right fit for you.

We hope to see you on campus soon!

Audition Requirements

Required for all music conservatory applicants: a video recording of the applicant playing the instrument they intend to study at High School of the Arts. The recording must include:

  • Chromatic scale minimum 2 octaves – quarter note = 106
  • Required major scale
  • An etude, sonata, or showpiece of the applicant's choice that demonstrates technical and interpretive accomplishment. (Piano accompaniment is optional.)

Required for all visual arts applicants: A portfolio consisting of three to five of the applicant's original artworks in a range of art media

Required for all dance applicants: A video recording of a public performance in which the applicants took part. (If a video recording is not available, performance photographs may be considered at the discretion of the admissions committee.)

Transfer Students

We accept transfer students entering grades 6 to 11. Please contact the Admissions Office, for more information.

  • International Students

We welcome students from around the world to be part of our school and community.

Application Process

The San Francisco High School of the Arts admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, religious background, gender or sexual identity to all programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of identity in its administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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