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