San Francisco High School of the Arts

Student Life

At the San Francisco High School of the Arts, we take great pride in guiding our students to become well-rounded individuals. Our whole-child education model not only assures the development of cognitive and artistic skills, but also helps students mature in emotional and interpersonal skills. We offer an array of extracurricular activities, and strongly encourage every student to become involved.

A Typical School Day

The school day begins at 8:15 a.m. with academics. Most students have two to four classes in the morning, depending on the day’s schedule.

At 11:20 a.m., a hearty hot lunch is served. This home-cooked, buffet-style meal typically includes soup, rice, a vegetable dish, a meat dish, and fresh fruit. On Fridays, our World Cuisine days, the smell of organic homemade pizza, hamburgers, and tacos often drifts from our commercial-grade kitchen.

After lunch, the bell rings for a final academic class at noon. Arts classes follow from 12:55 – 3:25 p.m.

Many students choose to stay after school for study hall, student clubs, and/or extra practice time in the studios.

Sample Class Schedules

  • Class Schedule - High School
  • Class Schedule - Middle School

8:15 am - 9:45 am: English

9:50 am - 11:20 am: Geometry

11:20 am - 12:00 am: Lunch

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: High School Chinese Language I

12:45 pm - 12:55 pm: Break

12:55 pm - 3:25 pm: Visual Arts

3:25 pm - 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm: Advisory

8:15 am - 9:45 am: Physical Sciences

9:50 am - 11:20 am: Middle School Chinese Language II

11:20 am - 12:00 am: Lunch

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: English

12:45 pm - 12:55 pm: Break

12:55 pm - 3:25 pm: Dance

3:25 pm - 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm: Assembly


Student Clubs

On weekdays, the optional club programs and supervised study halls end at 6 pm. During this time, students may also work in the library under supervision and use the computers provided by the school.

  • Fashion Design
  • Basketball
  • Drawing
  • Video Editing
  • Games Club

The purpose of the Fashion Design Club is to provide students with an environment to explore their creativity and further their experience in working with textiles. Students are exposed to the history of fashion design, and learn from the traditional, as well as more contemporary trends in fashion.

For 1.5 hours every week, students come together to bond, thrive, and exercise their coordination in a healthy competitive environment. Students warm up with dribbling, passing, and shooting drills. Then we have 3-on-3, 4-on-4, and sometimes full-court scrimmages. Individual skill-development, trust, and teamwork are at the core of our club's foundation. Each semester culminates in 1 or 2 full-court scrimmages with other middle or high schools in the city.

Students in all arts tracks are welcome to join the Drawing Club. It's a great chance to explore this fundamental skill of visual arts in an enjoyable and relaxed environment.

The Video Editing Club introduces students to the basics of editing software and how to use the software to tell a story. They learn the software (the tools), and how to use them (techniques), and then strive to use the tools and techniques to create meaning (the art). Particular emphasis is also put on the use of sound. The course will supply a good selection of video and audio material for the students to use, but students are also encouraged to bring in material that they want to edit.

Focusing on games away from the computer, the games club challenges students in physical skills and logical thinking through traditional board games, card games, dice games, and more.

Study Hall

Study hall is held in the library between 4-6 p.m.

Quiet Study

During the Quiet Study Hall, students are supervised by teachers as they do their homework.

Casual Study

Students participating in the Casual Study Hall may do homework on their own or with other students. They may do quiet logic puzzles or solitaire games, work on artwork, and tutor or be tutored by fellow students.

The Kitchen

The goal of our lunch program is to provide students with a variety of nutritionally balanced, healthy, home-cooked meals. Each day, our commercial-grade kitchen serves a hearty buffet-style hot meal. All meals include soup or porridge, steamed rice, fried rice, a meat-based dish, a vegetable dish, as well as fresh fruit.

Homemade Organic Pizza

Our kitchen is proudly serving organic stone baked thin crust Neapolitan pizza on Wednesdays and Fridays, our lunch menu is as follows:

Garlic knots garnished with lightly roasted garlic and parsley in organic extra virgin olive oil. Served with organic marinara source and basil.

Vegan tomato sauce pizza: Topped with Mozzarella cheese and basil in marinara sauce. Complimented with Parmesan cheese and organic olive oil.

Vegan pesto pizza: Topped with Mozzarella cheese and organic homemade pesto sauce. Complimented with Parmesan cheese and organic olive oil.

Pepperoni tomato sauce pizza: Topped with Mozzarella cheese and seasonal fresh vegetables in organic marinara sauce.

Beef sausage pizza: Topped with Mozzarella cheese, beef sausage, and seasonal fresh vegetable in organic marinara sauce.

Nut-free Lunch Menu (Fall, 2020)

  • Nov 02 - 06
  • Nov 09 - 13

Monday: Cheeseburger Sliders, French fries, Chicken noodle soup

Tuesday: Broccoli beef, Tomato scramble eggs (vegetarian), Beef soup 

Wednesday: Japanese sushi, Sweet potato fries, Miso soup

Thursday: Curry chicken, Mixed vegetable stir fry (vegetarian)

Friday: Chicken alfredo fettuccine pasta, Veggie alfredo fettuccine pasta (vegetarian), Curry fries, Chicken noodle soup

Monday: Japanese pork chop Tonkatsu, Tofu Katsu (vegetarian), Sweet potato fries, Miso soup

Tuesday: Sweet and sour chicken, Mixed vegetable stir fry (vegetarian)

Wednesday: Spaghetti meat or tomato sauce, Mashed potato, Curly fries, Chicken noodle soup

Thursday: Vegetable beef, Mixed vegetable stir fry (vegetarian)

Friday: Pizza, French fries, Chicken noodle soup


Our campus houses a spectacular training facility next to Golden Gate Park. Our dance studios are considered some of the best in San Francisco.

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