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Apply to SAMI, SOTA and IDEA

The application for the Class of 2027 at SOTA, SAMI, and IDEA is now open. 

Use the link below to complete an interest form and receive an email with the full application.

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Who Can Apply?

We accept applications from students who live within and outside of Tacoma Public Schools boundaries. Students who live within the TPS boundaries are given priority enrollment. Acceptance is based on a regional lottery.

SAMi, SOTA and IDEA Information Nights

This year, all SAMi/SOTA/IDEA information sessions will be virtual and held on Facebook Live. You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch the live information session on Facebook. All information sessions start at 6PM.

Information Nights are a chance to watch presentations about each individual school, hear from students and staff about their experience and find out how to apply.

While there are specific information nights for each middle school in Tacoma, you do not need to attend the information night assigned to your middle school, you can attend any of the information nights listed below. 

Watch the SAMi Info Night Watch the SOTA Info Night Watch the IDEA Info Night

All information nights start at 6:00pm

  • 11/ 1/22 - Baker Middle School

  • 11/ 2/22 - Bryant Montessori

  • 11/ 3/22 - Truman Middle School

  • 11/ 7/22 - Meeker Middle School

  • 11/ 9/22 - Wainwright Middle School

  • 11/10/22 - Hilltop Heritage Middle School

  • 11/15/22 - Stewart Middle School

  • 11/16/22 - Mason Middle School

  • 11/17/22 - First Creek Middle School

  • 11/29/22 - Gray Middle School

  • 11/30/22 - Giuadrone Middle School

  • 12/1/22 - Hunt Middle School

Info Nights are not required to apply.

Apply To SAMI SOTA or IDEA

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SOTA students at graduation
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SOTA students at graduation
SOTA students walking in hallway

Why SOTA

The Tacoma School of the Arts opened in the Fall of 2001 in downtown Tacoma. The school’s proximity to cultural organizations like the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, and Tacoma Arts Live provides opportunities for students to engage in the local visual and performing arts community. Classes are taught through the lens of art, and students choose a major in the visual or performing arts.

SOTA is committed to integration: we want students to see their learning, their world, and their lives whole. Thus we seek to help students make connections within academic disciplines, between the academics and the arts, between their lives now and their lives as they enter the larger global community in a very few years. With this holistic vision firmly in mind, we also believe students deserve the opportunity to go deep – to develop and pursue a particular passion at increasingly greater depth, guided by mentors in our community who can encourage excellence.

SOTA students laugh in classroom

The Performing Arts Department at SOTA is committed to providing pre-professional training which imaginatively balances theory and practice, and is based on a quality liberal arts foundation.

SOTA students at graduation

The Visual Arts Department at SOTA is an academically challenging program created to help students develop their own style through a carefully designed curriculum.

Unique Learning Environment

The unique environment encourages students to take ownership of their education and become an integral part of the community.

 

SOTA in Action

Programs & Activities at SOTA

Classes are taught through the lens of art, and students choose a major in the visual or performing arts.

The Visual Arts Department at SOTA is an academically challenging program created to help students develop their own style through carefully designed curriculum. Courses are taken in sequence, one each semester of the freshman and sophomore year beginning with the required basic Drawing and Foundation classes. After completion, students may then elect to pursue Photography, Graphic Design, Filmmaking, Advanced Illustration, or Painting. Each area of study contains its own sequence of courses, integrating beginning and advanced students as both teacher and learner.

The Performing Arts Department at SOTA is committed to providing pre-professional training which imaginatively balances theory and practice, and is based on a quality liberal arts foundation. Through classroom study, studio preparation, and productions and performances, students are encouraged to pursue a commitment to individual excellence and collaboration, a passion for their discipline, and to develop a firm grounding in all aspects of live and mediated performance.