Admissions: Middle School

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

Middle school is a very important and exciting time in your life, and we are delighted that you are considering San Francisco Middle School of the Arts.

Our engaging and rigorous academic curriculum and comprehensive arts programs provide stepping stones that lead our students to pursue their dreams.

Admissions Calendar

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

September 29                             OPEN HOUSE – 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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

October 22                                  OPEN HOUSE – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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

November 30                              VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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

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

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

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

January 21                                 SSS Application for financial assistance deadline 11:59pm (PST) 

January 28                                Art Portfolio, Teacher Recommendations and Transcripts deadline

February 15                             Middle School Open House – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

March 16                                 Decisions notices sent electronically after 12:00pm 

March 23                                 Registration deadline 11:59pm (PST)

May 18                             Placement Test and Welcome Dinner 5pm

*All 2021-2022 campus activities are subject to change due to Covid 19 guidelines.

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 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.)

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 should submit a minimum of two recordings:

1. A classical song or aria from the 17th, 18th or 19th century European tradition, in English or Italian;
An American folk song from the 19th or 20th century.

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

(A jazz standard from the Great American Songbook or the cover of a current jazz artist may be submitted as a third addition or in place of either of the above.)


The recordings can be sung a capella without any accompaniment, or with a backing track. Songs need to be clearly labeled and submitted with title, name of the show it’s from (if applicable), year, composer and lyricist.

Pop music or current rock music submissions are not recommended.

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 Middle 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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