School of the Arts is a Rochester City School District secondary school located in the heart of Rochester’s Cultural District. SOTA serves students in grades 7 through 12. If you’re talented, interested in the arts, desire high academic achievement, and want to develop those skills... SOTA is the place for you!
Students at the School of the Arts carry a full academic course load in addition to a rigorous fine arts sequence. Students choose a Fine Arts concentration in one of six subject areas: Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music - Instrumental or Vocal, Theatre Technology, or Visual Arts. Students must pass an audition to gain acceptance. SOTA’s outstanding faculty and staff create an educational environment that is safe, nurturing, and promotes life-long learning.
Each semester, students are required to participate in performances and exhibitions within their major field of study. In order to accommodate their academic work-load and fine arts concentration, SOTA students commit to many extracurricular activities extending beyond the school day.
Students who attend SOTA may also wish to participate in the many athletic teams and 80 performance events throughout the school year.