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Industrial Design Engineering and Art

Prospective Students

​​Application Deadline - class of 2024 is December 14, 2019

If you have questions, please call the information line at: 
(253) 571-7911​

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Class of 2024-Read First
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Admissions for the class of 2024 are now CLOSED

please direct any questions to (253) 571-7911​
Check back here in October 2020 to apply for the class of 2025​

Is your 8th grader interested in the arts, sciences and engineering?

Consider SOTA, SAMi and iDEA for high school. Tacoma Public Schools is proud to offer many innovative educational opportunities to our high school students, including full high school programs at Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA), the Science and Math Institute (SAMi) and the new School of Industrial Design Engineering and Art (iDEA). This year, your student is eligible to apply to SOTA, SAMi, or iDEA for entrance in Fall 2020 as a member of the Class of 2024. If your student has an interest in music, theatre, dance, the sciences, engineering, industrial design, mathematics, natural sciences, outdoor education or visual arts then SOTA, SAMi and iDEA are opportunities to consider. SOTA,SAMi and iDEA are currently seeking 8th grade applicants who are motivated, independent thinkers interested in exploring new ways of learning.

Located through-out Tacoma, SOTA, SAMi and iDEA provide hands-on project-based learning that emphasizes community partnerships with many business and cultural organizations. Students have access to resources, faculty, events, and lectures at the University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma Community College, Metro Parks, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Washington State History Museum, the Museum of Glass, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Fort Nisqually, the Metro Parks Marina, and the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Partner organizations provide internships, gallery space, mentoring, student projects, community involvement, and performance spaces for SOTA, SAMi and iDEA students. These unique environments encourage students to take ownership of their education and become an integral part of the community.

Tacoma Public Schools is fortunate to be able to provide a relevant, rigorous, arts, science and engineering integrated education to our students. We value the education SOTA, SAMi and iDEA provide to students. The application process for SOTA, SAMi and iDEA begins in September with Information Nights that provide students and parents a chance to learn more, ask questions and receive information regarding the schools and the application process. 

Who can apply?

Any & all current 8th grade students in the class of 2024 are welcome to apply

The schools are complete four-year programs.

Students are accepted as part of a cohort of students, set to graduate in Spring 2024


How to apply?

Step 1: Register to apply online at: ONLINE APPLICATION​​

or download these PDF applications:

SOTA        SAMi      iDEA​

Please complete & turn-in the Student Interest Profile sheet tonight

Step 2: Pick your Campus Conversation time online.

Step 3: Complete your application and turn it in at your Campus Conversation appointment in December

Information Night Schedule


Jason Lee Middle School – Tuesday, October 8th, 6-7pm, Library
Meeker Middle School​ – Wednesday, October 9th, 6-7pm, Cafeteria

Giaudrone Middle School – Thursday, October 10th, 6-7pm, Library

Mason Middle School – Tuesday, October 15th, 6-7pm, Cafeteria

Stewart Middle School – Wednesday, October 16th, 6-7pm, Library

First Creek Middle School – Tuesday, October 22nd, 6-7pm, Library

Baker Middle School – Wednesday, October 23rd, 6-7pm, Library

Truman Middle School – Thursday, October 24th, 6-7pm, Cafeteria

Wainwright Intermediate School – Wednesday, October 30th, 6-7pm, Commons

Gray Middle School – Thursday, November 7, 6-7pm, Library

SOTA Information Night 2019: 
SOTA Theatre – Tuesday, October 29th, 6-7pm

SAMI Information Night 2019: Environmental Learning Center, Tuesday, Nov 5th, 6-7pm

IDEA Information Night 2019: IDEA Building – Tuesday, November 6th, 6-7pm​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

 Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan,, 253-571-1252;

 Title IX Coordinator: Eric Hogan,, 253-571-1191;

 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Tracye Ferguson,, 253-571-1096;

 504 Coordinator: Secondary, Jon Bell,, 253-571-1225.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.