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Applications for the class of 2025 are open until to Dec 16, 2020

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Application deadline for the class of 2025 will be December 16, 2020.

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

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 2021 as a member of the Class of 2024. 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. 

Located throughout Tacoma, SOTA, SAMi and iDEA provide hands-on project-based learning that emphasizes community partnerships with many businesses 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 Tacoma Arts Live. 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. 

Who can apply?

Any & all current 8th grade students in the class of 2025 are welcome to apply. We accept applications from both students within and outside of Tacoma School District. Students who live within the Tacoma School district boundaries are given priority enrollment. SAMI, SOTA and IDEA are choice lottery schools in Tacoma Public Schools, where acceptance is based on a regional lottery.