San Francisco High School of the Arts


We are looking for students like you who are willing to take on challenges and work hard to achieve excellence. Schedule a visit to our beautiful state-of-the-art campus, meet our teachers and students.

See why the San Francisco High School of the Arts is the right place for you!

Choosing the right high school is a very important decision at this exciting time in your life, and we are delighted that you are considering San Francisco High School of the Arts.

Our rigorous college-preparatory curriculum and comprehensive arts programs provide stepping stones that lead our students to pursue their dreams.

Admissions Calendar

  • October
  • November
  • December

October 1, 7, 8, 15, 22, 29       Campus Private Tour for families (6:15 pm)

October 10                              VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – 1:00pm to 2:00pm

November 5, 12, 19                  Campus Private Tour for families (6:15 pm)

November 6                             VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

November 13                             VIRTUAL ARTS OPEN HOUSE – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

December 1                            VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

December 3, 10                      Campus Private Tour for families (6:15 pm) Take a Virtual Tour

December 15                          Application for Admissions: Priority deadline 11:59pm (PST)

  • January
  • February
  • March

January 13, 20, 27                    Shadow Day (5th and 8th Grade visits)*

January 7                                  VIRTUAL ARTS OPEN HOUSE – 12:00pm to 1:30pm *NEW

January 7, 14                            Campus Tour for families (6:15 pm)*

January 13                                VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – 6:00pm to 7:00pm *NEW

January 14                                Financial Aid Session – 12:00pm to 1:00pm *NEW

January 15                                Application for Admissions deadline 11:59pm (PST) 

January 19                                SSS Application for financial assistance deadline 11:59pm (PST) 

January 22                                Teacher Recommendations and School Transcripts deadline

February 12                                VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – 6:00pm to 7:00pm *NEW

February 12                                Applicants’ Activity Evening - 6:00pm to 7:30pm*

February 12                                Parents Information Night - 7:00pm to 8:00pm *NEW

March 19                                 Decisions notices sent electronically after 4:00pm 

March 26                                 Registration deadline 11:59pm (PST)

*All 2021 campus activities are subject to change due to Covid 19 guidelines.


Artistic Portfolio

All Music conservatory applicants must submit a video fulfilling the following audition requirements:

  ► Chromatic scale - minimum 2 octaves - quarter note = 106

  ► Required major scale 

  ► An etude, sonata, or showpiece that demonstrates technical and interpretive accomplishment. (Piano accompaniment is not required.)

Applicants must submit a minimum of two recordings from the following options*:

  1. A classical song or aria from the 17th, 18th, or 19th-century European tradition, in English or Italian

  2. An American folk song from the 19th or 20th century

  3. A song from American Musical Theatre (Broadway), the 1930s through 2000s

Your recordings may be sung a capella or with a backing track. Songs need to be clearly labeled and submitted with:

  ► title
  ► name of the show (if applicable)
  ► year
  ► composer
  ► lyricist.

* You may submit a  jazz standard from the Great American Songbook or cover of a current jazz artist in place of option 3, or as a third addition.

Submitting pop or current rock music recordings is not recommended.

Visual Arts applicants should submit a portfolio consisting of three to five of the applicant's original artworks in a range of art media.

All Dance and Theatre program applicants must submit a video recording of a public performance. (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.

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

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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