FAQ: Why HSArts?

Here’s Five Reasons:
  • Uncover your potential, study, and master your art at an advanced level.
  • Share your artistic passions and creativity in classes with other young artists.
  • Join a community that values Respect, Honesty, Responsibility, Kindness, Empathy and Tolerance.
  • Learn from experienced and caring teachers ready to give you individualized support.
  • Gain valuable academic and creative skills for success.
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HSArts News

•  Spring Spectacular tickets on sale!
Join us on June 2 at Herbst Theater for the end-of-the-school-year recital and art exhibition! Our students are working hard to complete an all new set of programs for your entertainment. Come be amazed at the spectacle of the Spring Spectacular!

Buy your tickets here!

•  HSArts now an ARC Approved School

HSArts is one of the few high schools recognized by this prestigious community of talented ateliers, artists and professionals. For more information, visit our ARC page.

Teacher Spotlight


Annie Lester is a Baltimore, Maryland native. After training through her middle and high school years with The Washington School of Ballet, Baltimore School for the Arts, Midatlantic Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and spending summers with American Ballet Theater and Houston Ballet, Ms. Lester relocated to San Francisco in 2021 to pursue her second year with Alonzo King LINES’ training program after completing her first year via Zoom during the pandemic. Due to an injury, she ended her performance career early, but has since been getting in touch with her background in teaching ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary with various schools in the Midatlantic region, and has just joined the school this January. She is elated to join the accomplished staff and talented students of the HSArts dance program.

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)…

Arts Programs at HSArts

Arts Program at HSArts

High School students follow a pathway of pre-professional courses based on their interest of study in the visual and performing arts.
Middle School students experience our comprehensive arts program to discover their artistic talents.
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Student Life

Student Life

HSArts students receive a holistic education that takes them beyond the classroom walls.
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High School Academic Program

High School Academic Program

High school students engage in a rigorous, comprehensive, 4-year college preparatory program. Small class sizes facilitate a seminar-style engagement.
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Expert Artist-Teachers

Expert Artist-Teachers

Our teachers are subject experts and accomplished artists with great passion for their subject and arts. Learn from experienced and caring teachers ready to give you individualized support.

Middle School Academic Program

Middle School Academic Program

Middle School offers a rigorous academic program for students from grades 6 to 8 preparing them for our high school college preparatory program. Small class sizes facilitate a seminar-style engagement.
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Young Artists at HSArts

Young Artists at HSArts

All Bay Area students in grades K-12 can enroll to experience our diverse arts and academic after school programs and tutoring support.
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UC Berkeley ∙ UCLA ∙ University of Michigan in Ann Arbor ∙ UC Santa Barbara ∙ UC Irvine ∙ UC Davis ∙ New York University ∙ UC San Diego

“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

“This school has an effective approach to homework.
At this school, homework is not given just to fill up the students’ time but to ensure that it re-enforces what they learned in class. Projects and assignments are given with future deadlines which is similar to how college works. This approach has helped my daughter learn time management skills and excel at the University she currently attends.”

— 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

“She dances daily, is learning Mandarin (really learning it!) and has a terrific, quite traditional academic program.”

— Parent Review

“This school effectively supports students with learning differences.
Because it is a smaller school, teachers are able to spend more time with each student and provide differentiated instructions when necessary.”

— Parent Review

“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.”

— Graduate

“This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect.
This school works really hard to develop and nurture a strong character in each student. Students are taught to be honest, more compassionate towards others, and respect everyone around them. I’ve received multiple such compliments about my children from parents and individuals from outside of school.”

— Parent Review

“I left my parents and came to the U.S. to study at the age of 14. At that time, my English was terrible, it was really hard for me to understand what people around me were saying. In my first year of high school, the ESL program at San Francisco High School of the Arts really helped me with improving my English skill. The teachers were really patient, there were many different activities that we could participate in. After four years of study at San Francisco High School of the Arts, I have successfully graduated and got offer letters from different universities.”

— International Graduate

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