San Francisco High School of the Arts

Admissions: Middle School

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 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

  • 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

October 23                              VIRTUAL ARTS OPEN HOUSE – 1:00pm to 3:30pm

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

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

December 1                            VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – 1:00pm to 3:30pm

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

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

  • January
  • February
  • March

January 13, 20, 27                    Middle School Shadow Day (5th Grade visits)*

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

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

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 are invited to an on-campus audition after submission of the online application.

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 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.

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 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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