The HSArts regular decision application deadline may have passed (it was Jan. 15), but HSArts is always open to connecting with talented artists. Applications remain open after the deadline as space permits. Artistic portfolios and auditions for scholarships are accepted year-round.

Please contact the Office of Admission & Financial Aid with any questions.


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

January 5                                  Campus Tour for families - 1:15pm, 2pm, or 4:15pm

January 15                                 Application for Admissions final deadline 11:59pm

January 21                                 SSS Application for Financial Assistance deadline 11:59pm

January 28                                Art Portfolio, Teacher Recommendations and Transcripts deadline

March 17                                 Decisions notices sent electronically to High School applicants after 4:00pm

March 24                                 Registration deadline 11:59pm

March 25                                 Open for Applications for Rolling Admissions

May 18                                 Placement Tests and Welcome Dinner 5pm

September 8, 16, 22, 30                Campus Private Tour for families – 1:15pm, 2pm, or 4:15pm

September 29                                OPEN HOUSE - 6:30-7:30pm

October 12, 14, 19, 21                     Campus Private Tour for families – 1:15pm, 2pm, or 4:15pm

October 22                                      OPEN HOUSE - 3:00-5:00pm

November 3, 9, 11, 17                    Campus Private Tour for families – 1:15pm, 2pm, or 4:15pm

November 16                                 OPEN HOUSE - 6:30-7:30pm

November 30                                 VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE - 6:00-7:00pm

December 8                                 Campus Private Tour for families - 1:15pm, 2pm, or 4:15pm

December 15                                Application for Admissions: Priority Deadline 11:59pm

Artistic Portfolio

Visual Arts Portfolio

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

Performance Portfolio

All Dance and Musical Theatre 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.)

Instrumental Music Audition

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

  ► Scales, up to 3 sharps and flats, 2 octaves minimum, 100-110 speed

  ► Chromatic scale, 2 octaves minimum, 100-110 speed

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

  ► For piano, two pieces, one from baroque period, one from classical period


Optional Advanced Requirements

  ► Scales, up to 4 sharps and flats, 3 octaves minimum plus arpeggios, 100-110 speed

  ► Chromatic scale, 2 octaves minimum, 100-110 speed

  ► Three pieces, one baroque period piece, one sonata from classical period, one etude, for example Czerny Opus 849 or one of similar or more advanced level

Vocal Music Audition

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.

Transfer Students

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

Learning Support Services

HSArts recognizes that students learn differently. Our small class sizes allow dedicated instructors to give students the individualized attention they deserve.

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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