Student Life

At the San Francisco Middle School of the Arts, we take great pride in guiding our students to become well-rounded individuals. Our whole-child education model not only assures the development of cognitive and artistic skills, but also helps students mature in emotional and interpersonal skills. We offer an array of extracurricular activities, and strongly encourage every student to become involved in at least one.

A Typical School Day

The school day begins at 8:05 a.m. with academics. Most students have three to four classes in the morning, depending on the day’s schedule.

At 11:30 a.m., a hearty hot lunch is served. This home-cooked, buffet-style meal typically includes soup, rice, a vegetable dish, a meat dish, and fresh fruit from our commercial-grade kitchen. Our kitchen staff is focused on taste, nutrition, and variety, with pizza, spaghetti, Korean BBQ, hamburgers, and tacos as welcomed additions to the menu.

After lunch, the bell rings for a final academic class at 12:05 p.m. Arts classes follow from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Many students choose to stay after school for study hall, student clubs, and/or extra practice time in the our state-of-the art studios.

Sample Class Schedules

8:05 am – 9:20 am: Life Science

9:25 am – 10:40 am: English

10:45 am – 11:30 am: Middle School Chinese Language II

11:30 am – 12:05 pm: Lunch

12:05 pm – 12:50 pm: Pre-Algebra

12:50 pm – 1:00 pm: Break

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Dance Fundamentals – Barre and Centre

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Chinese Ethnic and Folk Dance Rehearsal

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Technique practice

Student Clubs

On weekdays, the optional club programs and supervised study halls end at 6 pm. During this time, students may also work in the library under supervision and use the computers provided by the school.

Study Hall

Study hall is held in the library between 4-6 p.m. Quiet Study During the Quiet Study Hall, students are supervised by teachers as they do their homework. Casual Study 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.


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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