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​​Application Deadline - class of 2022 has been extended

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

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Admissions for the class of 2022 are now OPEN! 


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 2018 as a member of the Class of 2022. 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. 

How To Apply to our Schools

Option 1: Attend an information night [dates below] to learn more about the school. That night you will receive an application and an assigned campus conversation date. 


Option 2: Please download an application for the school of your school of choice plus fill out the online student interest provide (Both on the left of this page) and call the Admissions hotline at 253-571-7911 to schedule your campus conversation date and time. Then, with your application completely filled out attend your Campus Conversation (see below on this page) and your all set!  

2017-2018 Information nights - 6-7pm 

Learn more about all three schools at these information nights 

1/23/18 - SAMI @ the new Environmental Learning Center 

5715 Animal loop road 
Tacoma, WA 98407 

Google Directions Here 

Park in Main zoo parking lot and then head to the main zoo entrance. 

A lighted path on your left will lead you to the building. 

1/24/18 - IDEA 

6701 S Park Ave 
Tacoma, WA 98408

Google Directions Here

Please park and enter from around the back of the school 

2017-2018 Campus Conversations for SOTA-SAMi-DEA

1102 A Street 
Tacoma, WA 98406​ 

Google Directions here​
Located in the Post Office Building in downtown Tacoma on the 2nd floor 

CALL 253-571-7911 to schedule a time