San Francisco High School of the Arts

We at San Francisco High School of the Arts have successfully remained open for in-person and hybrid learning since starting the 2020-21 school year in August. 

We invite you to set aside the frustration of the unknown and apply for enrollment at HSArts. As soon as this semester, your family could have a real and stable choice of learning environment opportunities for your child. 

Whether you choose full-time virtual learning, hybrid, or in-person classes, HSArts is ready to serve your child’s educational needs. We are currently accepting applications for students grades 6-12.


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

  • March
  • April
  • May

March 4                                   VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – 7:00pm to 8:00pm *NEW

March 18                                 Decisions notices sent electronically to MS applicants after 12:00pm

March 19                                 Decisions notices sent electronically after 4:00pm 

March 26                                 Registration deadline 11:59pm (PST)

April 7                                   VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – 7:00pm to 8:00pm *NEW

May 1                                           Incoming High School Student Assessment 9:00AM

May 2                                           Incoming Middle School Student Assessment 9:00AM

  • January
  • February

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 10                               VIRTUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

February 17                               Parents Information Night - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

  • 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)

*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 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.)

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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