San Francisco High School of the Arts

International Applicants

High School of the Arts welcomes students from all over the world. We look for students who are passionate about the arts, with prior training and experience in their programs of interest. For students who are English language learners, our intensive ESL program assists with fast-paced language acquisition in the academic environment and everyday setting.

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  • Complete and Submit the Application Package

Applications will be processed only upon receipt of all required documents, including:

  • Application form (completed with parent and student signatures)
  • Current academic records. (Note: academic transcripts in languages other than English must be translated by a certified translator before submission.)
  • Supplemental information such as English Language (or ESL) test scores, that may help in determining grade level and academic course placement.

Print Application Form (PDF)

Learn more about audition requirements.

Application Fee: $100 nonrefundable (Please make checks payable to San Francisco High School of the Arts.)

Application materials may be submitted to the Admissions Office via mail, email, or fax.

Mailing Address:
San Francisco High School of the Arts
1970 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117


Fax: (415) 276-9041

  • Attend the Phone Interview

Once your application package has been received in full, our admissions team will contact you to schedule a family interview over the phone.

  • Admissions Decision

Admissions decisions for 2019 Fall applicants will be delivered by March 22nd, via email and mail.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition* for international students:

Middle School (Grades 6-8): $32,800 / year (8:00am – 6:00pm)
High School (Grades 9-12): $42,300 / year (8:00am – 6:00pm)

*Tuition includes the cost of instruction, books and educational materials, and laboratory costs.

Fee for art supplies or costumes/props:
$500 per year


School Breakfast Program: $450 per year, which usually includes eggs, rice porridge (congee), steamed rolls, bread, waffles, milk, cereal and salted vegetables.

School Lunch Program: $1,350 per year, which is typically a healthy home-cooked Chinese buffet including soup, rice, fresh vegetables, meats, milk and fruit. On Fridays, homemade organic pizza, fresh fruit, milk and juice is served. (Learn more about The Kitchen)

After School Programs: $1,400 per year, which covers participation in supervised after-school clubs between 4:00pm – 6:00pm daily. (Learn more about Clubs – link to Clubs page – row 307)

F-1 Visa

During the application process, the applicant must indicate if he/she requires an F-1 VISA to legally study in the US.

Once the applicant has been accepted by High School of the Arts, an I-20 will be issued, and the student must visit the U.S. consulate in his or her country so the consulate can confirm through SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) that the I-20 the student is carrying is a valid document.

If everything is in order, the consulate will issue a student visa. A USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) officer at the airport will confirm through SEVIS that the student’s enrollment in San Francisco High School of the Arts is valid, and will issue the student an I-94 form. While in the U.S., it is very important to keep records of the visa and other documents, and pay close attention to the expiration dates.


International students who are studying away from home have the option of staying with homestay families who provide them with safe and affordable housing. This program gives students the opportunity to experience the American lifestyle and culture up close. It also provides the perfect environment for English language learners to boost their everyday conversational skills. Homestay families provide each guest with:

– A private or shared bedroom, which will include a bed with linens, a desk and lamp, and space to keep items of clothing.

– A private or shared bathroom with towels included

– Regular cleaning of linens and towels.

– Breakfast and dinner on a daily basis, at an additional charge, (lunches and snacks are typically not included); or kitchen privileges for meal preparations.

English Proficiency

Upon arrival, all students whose native language is not English will be given a test to assess their fluency for placement into the ESL Program. ESL students are tested each year and placed in the appropriate level until they test out of ESL and can take regular English courses with native English-speaking students.

Late Applications

We will consider late applications only if there are openings in the program of application. Please contact us to inquire about program openings.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is January 31st, 2019

Admission Calendar

The San Francisco High School of the Arts begins mailing decision letters for the upcoming school year in mid-March. The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 school year is January 31, 2019. We will begin mailing decision letters for the upcoming school year in mid-March. We accept late applications if there are openings. For completed applications received after mid-March, we will mail decision letters within two weeks after the interview.

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