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Prospective Students

​​Application Deadline - December 8, 2018

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

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Class of 2023 - Read First
Student Interest Profile
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Admissions for the class of 2023 are now CLOSED

please direct any questions to (253) 571-7911​

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 2019 as a member of the Class of 2023. 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. 

​Information Nights

Thursday October 11th - Mason Middle school

Friday October 12th - First Creek Middle school

Tuesday October 16th - Stewart Middle School

Tuesday October 23rd - Baker Middle school

Thursday October 25th - Truman Middle school

Monday October 29th - SOTA Theatre

Tuesday October 30th - SAMi Environmental Learning Center

Friday November 2nd - Jason Lee middle school

Tuesday November 6th - Gray middle school 

Thursday November 8th - Meeker Middle school

Tuesday November 13th - Giaudrone Middle school

Thursday November 15th - IDEA

Friday November 16th - Wainwright intermediate School

Monday, November 19th - SOTA Theatre

Tuesday, November 20th - SAMi Environmental Learning Center

Application Support Workshops


Friday November 9th - Jason Lee Middle school

Tuesday November 13th - Stewart Middle school

Wednesday November 14th - First Creek Middle school

Thursday November 15th  - Baker middle school

Friday November 16th - Giaudrone middle school​

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