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Science and Math Institute

Prospective Students

​​Application Deadline - class of 2021 is December 10, 2016

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

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Class of 2021-Read First
Student Interest Profile
iDEA Documents

Admissions for the class of 2021 are now CLOSED. 

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 2016 as a member of the Class of 2021. 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 and pick up your Application packet there.  Then, submit a Student Interest Profile for the school of your choice.  A Student Interest Profile​​​​ should be completed for the school you are most interested in only. Add your assigned campus conversation time to the Student interest profile and click “submit.”

Option 2. If you are unable to attend an information night, please download an application for the school of your school of choice (on the left of this page), and call the Admissions hotline at 253-571-7911 to schedule your campus conversation date and time.  Then, submit a Student Interest Profile for the school of your choice.  A Student Interest Profile should be completed for the school you are most interested in only. Add your assigned campus conversation time to the Student interest profile and click “submit.”

Then, with your application completely filled out attend your Campus Conversation (see below on this page) and your all set! 

2016 Information Nights @ 6PM

10/4 Meeker Information night
4402 Nassau Avenue Northeast
Tacoma, WA 98422

10/5 SOTA - Theatre
1118 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

10/6 Giaudrone Information night
4902 South Alaska St.
Tacoma, WA 98408

10/11 Mason Information night
3901 N. 28th Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

 10/13 First Creek Information night
1801 E 56th St
Tacoma, WA 98404

10/14 St. John Transformation Ministries
2001 S J St, Tacoma, WA 98405

10/18 SAMI - Pagoda
5715 Roberts Garden Road
Tacoma, WA 98407

10/19 Stewart Information night
6501 S. 10th Street
Tacoma, WA 98465

10/20 Gray  information night
6229 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

11/1 Jason Lee & Bryant Information night @ Jason Lee
602 N. Sprague Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98403

11/2 Baker Information night
8001 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98408

11/3 Truman Information night
5801 N. 35th St.
Tacoma, WA 98407

11/7 IDEA
6701 S. Park Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98408

11/8 SAMI Pagoda  
5801 Trolley Lane Tacoma, WA 98407

11/9 SOTA Theatre  
1118 S Commerce Tacoma, Wa 98401

11/17 iDEA  
6701 S Park Ave, Tacoma Wa 98408​

2016 Information Afternoons 2:45-4:00 PM

11/10  Baker
11/14  Stewart
11/15  First creek
11/16  Jason Lee
11/17  Giaudrone
11/18  Gray ​  


 Campus Conversations


Tuesday November 29th

Wednesday November 30th

Saturday December 3rd


Thursday December 1st

Saturday December 3rd (at SOTA)

Monday December 5th


Wednesday December 7th

Thursday December 8th

Saturday December 10th​​