San Francisco High School of the Arts’ aspiring artists cultivate the character and skills necessary for lifelong learning, independent thought, and creative exploration.
Message from the Head of School
RE: COVID-19 & Transition to Distant Learning
I hope everyone is coping well with the current situation and staying healthy!
I am pleased to say that HSArts has successfully migrated all middle and high school classes, as well as the majority of auxiliary arts and Chinese program classes onto distance learning platforms. We are able to continue providing quality education amidst recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic without interruption, thanks to the tireless dedication of all our teachers and enormous support and understanding from our families. This would not have been possible without you!
HSArts plans to reopen our doors on April 7 and is preparing the school with thorough deep cleaning of the campus. No one can, however, predict just how long this situation will persist. These are unique times and, more than ever, I sincerely thank you for your strong support!
We will carefully monitor new developments to the situation, and keep you closely updated.
If you have any questions regarding continuing classes and programs, or need technical support for distance learning, please feel free to reach out to us!
Adjusted office hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
Phone: (415) 431-3161
As of today, there has been no incident of coronavirus/COVID-19 contraction among the staff, faculty and students at HSArts.
A Warm Welcome to New Families
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of our new and incoming families for 2020-21!
In order to minimize the possible impacts of prolonged school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will soon be reaching out to new families to provide consultation and discuss tailored plans for academic support where necessary. We would like to ensure that each one of you has a smooth transition to the new school year.
If you have any questions regarding enrollment procedures during this special time, please feel free to reach out to us.
Parsons School of Design ∙ Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) ∙ Pratt Institute ∙ School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) ∙ ArtCenter College of Design ∙ Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA)
Artistic training is at the core of intellectual and character development for all our students. In a structured environment, afternoon hours are almost entirely dedicated to the arts as each student explores in an artistic discipline of his/her own choosing. Whether it be ballet, Chinese dance, music, or visual arts, students explore their passions and strive for excellence, as they develop essential inner qualities of focus, resilience, self-mastery and teamwork.
In our pre-professional ballet program, students train in the Vaganova method. Our classes include Classical Ballet, Pointe, Character & Historical Court Dance, and Performance, drawing from a variety of international styles and folkloric traditions.
Originating in the ancient imperial courts, classical Chinese dance has developed through the ages, into one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world. The true beauty of Chinese dance embodies the depths of China’s rich cultural history.
The pre-professional music program integrates seamlessly into the outstanding academic environment. Being rooted in classical music, the curriculum comprises of high-level private and ensemble lessons, as well as music theory and composition.
With a focus on solid foundational skill-building, students become well-equipped for professional accomplishment in digital composition, architecture, and other visual arts-related fields. Many High School of the Arts graduates have been accepted into fine arts universities that dominate global rankings.
The theatre curriculum prepares passionate students for university and pre-professional training in acting, writing and directing for stage and film in the 21st century.
Enhance your vocal range through technique training with effective exercises in our comprehensive vocal program.
A great way to get your feet wet in video production and editing, animation, videography, and screenwriting.
Our dedicated instructors are highly qualified and committed to helping students achieve their individual artistic goals. Having worked with top artists and companies in their own respective fields, each faculty member brings a unique set of real-to-life experiences to students undertaking the pre-professional curriculum.
UC Berkeley ∙ UCLA ∙ University of Michigan in Ann Arbor ∙ UC Santa Barbara ∙ UC Irvine ∙ UC Davis ∙ New York University ∙ UC San Diego
Our accelerated academic program caters for middle school and high school students from grades 6 to 12. The curriculum emphasizes five core areas of study: English, Social Studies, Math, Sciences, and Chinese language. Small class sizes facilitate a seminar-style engagement in the humanities, while independent study is available in all high school subjects. Our low student-faculty ratio enhances individualized attention and integrated academic support.
Many of our faculty have 20+ years of teaching experience and hold graduate degrees from prestigious universities in the US and abroad. With a student-centered instructional approach, teachers are committed to facilitating a successful learning experience for students from a range of academic backgrounds.
Our 12-year-old has danced and schooled at [High School of the Arts] the last two years. She is happy in this bully-free environment after a few educational false starts in the Bay Area. She dances daily, is learning Mandarin (really learning it!) and has a terrific, quite traditional academic program. The academics and dancing please our daughter, and the kindness and community please her parents!
— Parent Review
- STRONGLY AGREE: This school has an effective approach to homework.
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- STRONGLY AGREE: This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect.
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- STRONGLY AGREE: This school effectively supports students with learning differences.
— Parent Review
“[High School of the Arts] is AMAZING. The teacher and staff dedication is beyond par. They really do care about the children as a whole and take action when needed. Most schools our children have been to “talk about” their values a lot. [High School of the Arts] does. And it makes a world of difference. Highly recommend.”
— Parent of 8th and 11th grade students
“Our 12-year-old has danced and schooled at [High School of the Arts] the last two years. She is happy in this bully-free environment… The academics and dancing please our daughter, and the kindness and community please her parents!” — Parent of 6th grade student
— Parent of 6th grade student
“Fast forward five years, my daughter and son are now attending a top University of their choice and flourishing in college. Both were challenged with AP and Honors courses in class and performed in dance competitions and public events to build confidence, learn to work with others as a team, and share their love of the Chinese language and culture.”
— Alumni's parent
“Counterintuitively, the smaller community improved my social skills, pushing me out of my comfort zone to engage with everyone regardless of background instead of just hanging with a clique of similar kids like at my large “diverse” public school.”