Navigate Up
Sign In

School of the Arts

Prospective Students

​​Application Deadline - class of 2022 is December 8, 2017

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

 Find Out More

Class of 2022 - Read First
Student Interest Profile
A Day in the Life at

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 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! 

2017 Information Nights @ 6PM

10/3 Meeker Middle School
4402 Nassau Avenue Northeast
Tacoma, WA 98422

10/4 SOTA - Theatre
1118 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

10/5 Giaudrone Middle School
4902 South Alaska Street
Tacoma, WA 9408

10/10 Mason Middle School
3901 N. 28th Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

10/12 First Creek Middle School
1801 E 56th St
Tacoma, WA 98404

10/13 Jason Lee Middle School
602 N. Sprague Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98403

10/17 SAMI - Environmental Learning Center 
6707 Animal Road
Tacoma, WA 98407

10/18 Stewart Middle School
5010 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98408

10/19 Gray Middle School
6229 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

11/7 Baker Middle School
8001 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98408

11/9 Truman Middle School
5801 N. 35th St.
Tacoma, WA 98407

11/13 IDEA
6701 S. Park Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98408


2017 Application Support Workshops 3:00-4:00 PM

11/9     Jason Lee Middle School
11/13  Stewart Middle School
11/14  First Creek Middle School
11/15  Baker Middle School
11/16  Giaudrone Middle School
11/17  Gray Middle School

​2017 Campus Conversations


Monday, November 27th

Tuesday, November 28th

Saturday, December 2nd


Wednesday,  November 29th

Thursday, November 30th

Saturday, December 2nd


Friday, December 1st

Saturday, December 2nd

Our son is currently a Junior and SOTA truly is the "best thing that ever happened to him". He really IS happy to go to school everyday. He loves his teachers he's now engaged in subjects that he had previously struggled in and we feel like he is blossoming into this amazing adult before our eyes. Unlike most public high schools parent involvement is encouraged and welcomed. My husband and I have tried to stay involved (through volunteering) and we have seen first hand the creative supportive respectful engaging fun challenging inspiring amazing environment this school has created for the students staff parents and its surrounding community. I say all the time (and hear it from so many other parents).. "I WISH THEY HAD A SCHOOL LIKE THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER!"​ - Parent 2011