San Francisco High School of the Arts

School Life

At High School of the Arts, we take great pride in making sure our students become well-rounded individuals. Our whole-child education model not only assures cognitive and artistic skills development, but also helps students matures in terms of emotional, and interpersonal skills. We offer an array of extracurricular activities and strongly encourage every student to be part of one or more clubs.

A Typical School Day

In the morning, a hot breakfast is served from 7:45 am to 8:10 am. Options include eggs, rice porridge (congee), steamed rolls, freshly baked bread, waffles, milk, and cereal. The school day begins at 8:10 am with academics. Most students have two to four classes in the morning, depending on the day’s schedule. At 11:15 am, a hearty hot lunch is served. The home-cooked buffet style meal typically includes soup, rice, a vegetable dish, a meat dish, and fresh fruit. Fridays are World Cuisine days, and the smell of organic homemade pizza, hamburgers, and tacos often drift from our in-house commercial-grade kitchen. After socializing with friends, the bell rings for one more academic class at 12:00. Arts classes follow from 12:55 am to 3:25 pm. After classes are over, many students choose to stay for study hall, student clubs, and/or extra practice time in the studios. Study hall is held in the library and lasts from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Sample Class Schedules

  • Class Schedule - High School
  • Class Schedule - Middle School

8:10 am - 9:40 am: English

9:40 am - 9:45 am: Break

9:45 am - 11:15am: Geometry

11:15 am - 11:55 am: Lunch

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: High School Chinese Language I

12:45 pm - 12:55 pm: Break

12:55 pm - 3:25 pm: Visual Arts

3:25 pm - 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm: Advisory

8:10 am - 9:40 am: Physical Sciences

9:40 am - 9:45 am: Break

9:45 am - 11:15am: Middle School Chinese Language II

11:15 am - 11:55 am: Lunch

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: English

12:45 pm - 12:55 pm: Break

12:55 pm - 3:25 pm: Dance

3:25 pm - 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm: Assembly

School Uniform

Our school dress code is smart and comfortable. Uniform items may be purchased at the Lands’ End web store:

Student Clubs

On school days, optional club programs and supervised study halls run through to 6:00pm. After this time, students may also work in the library and use the computers provided by the school, under supervision.

  • Fashion Design
  • Basketball
  • Drawing
  • Video Editing
  • Games Club

The purpose of the Fashion Design Club is to provide students with an environment to explore their creativity and further their experience in working with textiles. Students are exposed to the history of fashion design, and learn from the traditional, as well as more contemporary trends in fashion.

For 1.5 hours every week, students come together to bond, thrive, and exercise their coordination in a healthy competitive environment. Students warm up with dribbling, passing, and shooting drills. Then we have 3-on-3, 4-on-4, and sometimes full-court scrimmages. Individual skill-development, trust, and teamwork are at the core of our club's foundation. Each semester culminates in 1 or 2 full-court scrimmages with other middle or high schools in the city.

Students in all arts tracks are welcome to join the Drawing Club. It's a great chance to explore this fundamental skill of visual arts in an enjoyable and relaxed environment.

The Video Editing Club introduces students to the basics of editing software and how to use the software to tell a story. They learn the software (the tools), and how to use them (techniques), and then strive to use the tools and techniques to create meaning (the art). Particular emphasis is also put on the use of sound. The course will supply a good selection of video and audio material for the students to use, but students are also encouraged to bring in material that they want to edit.

Focusing on games away from the computer, the games club challenges students in physical skills and logical thinking through traditional board games, card games, dice games, and more.

Study Halls

Quiet Study Group

During the Quiet Study Hall, students are supervised by teachers as they do their homework.

Casual Study Group

Students participating in the Casual Study Hall may do homework on their own or with other students. They may do quiet logic puzzles or solitaire games, work on artwork, and tutor or be tutored by fellow students.

The Kitchen

The goal of our lunch program is to provide students with a variety of nutritionally balanced, healthy, home-cooked meals. Each day, our commercial-grade kitchen serves a hearty buffet-style hot meal. All meals include soup or porridge, steamed rice, fried rice, a meat-based dish, a vegetable dish, as well as fresh fruit.

Homemade Organic Pizza

Our kitchen is proudly serving organic stone baked thin crust Neapolitan pizza on Wednesdays and Fridays, our lunch menu is as follows:

Appetizer:
Garlic knots garnished with lightly roasted garlic and parsley in organic extra virgin olive oil. Served with organic marinara source and basil.

Entrée:
Vegan tomato sauce pizza: Topped with Mozzarella cheese and basil in marinara sauce. Complimented with Parmesan cheese and organic olive oil.

Vegan pesto pizza: Topped with Mozzarella cheese and organic homemade pesto sauce. Complimented with Parmesan cheese and organic olive oil.

Pepperoni tomato sauce pizza: Topped with Mozzarella cheese and seasonal fresh vegetables in organic marinara sauce.

Beef sausage pizza: Topped with Mozzarella cheese, beef sausage, and seasonal fresh vegetable in organic marinara sauce.

Chicken pesto sauce pizza: Topped with Mozzarella cheese, sliced chicken breast, and organic homemade pesto sauce.

Lunch Menu

Entrée Vegetarian Soup / Porridge / Drinks
Monday
Curry Potato Chicken or Steamed Pork Ribs With Black Bean Sauce and Pumpkin or Taro
Stir-Fry Vegetables or Stir-Fry Napa Cabbage and Tofu
Seaweed Tofu Soup or Black-Eyed Pea Porridge or Tomato and Egg Soup
Tuesday
Braised Ribs or Stir-Fry Chicken and Onion
Spinach Fan Eggs or Stir-Fry Sprouts and Dried Tofu
Tofu Melon Soup or Ribs and Cabbage Soup
Wednesday
Homemade Organic Pizza
Vegetable Salad Potato Chips or Brine Eggs Small Cucumber Salad
Fruit Juice
Thursday
Roast Spare Ribs or Fried Chicken Chops Fan Meatballs
Stir-Fry Mushroom Fungus and Beans or Stir-Fry Napa Cabbage
Dried Vegetable and Ribs Soup or Tofu and Vegetable soup
Friday
Homemade Organic Pizza
Taro Dumplings Sweet Soup or Red and Green Beans Porridge
Seaweed Tofu Soup or Black-Eyed Pea Porridge or Tomato and Egg Soup

Facilities

Our campus houses a spectacular training facility next to Golden Gate Park. Our dance studios are considered some of the best in San Francisco.

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