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School of the Arts (SOTA)

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Pathway Description

School of the Arts- Artists experience four years of integrated academics focused on the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry. Students experience 4 years of integrated academics focused in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry. In addition to completing rigorous A-G courses, student artists will take a 3-4 year course sequence of classes in the same primary visual art field 


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Entrance Criteria

  • Any interested student is encouraged to apply to the pathway.
  • Students interesting in the Distinguished Scholar experience may apply with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and enrollment 

Pathway Vision: School of the Arts Scholars will use passion, wonder, and innovation through their craft to use their craft to ultimately contribute to their community as artists. 

Pathway Mission: School of the Arts empowers a diverse group of passionate art-driven individuals through an integrated arts-focused curriculum that engages scholars both inside and outside the classroom.

Sample Schedule

Grade 9

  • Art and Animation 1-2, Photo and Video 1-2, or Graphic Design and Printmaking 1-2 
  • English 1-2 or English 1-2 Accelerated
  • Algebra 1 or Geometry Accelerated
  • Biology: The Living Earth
  • World Language 1-2
  • PE/Marching Band/Sports
  • Academic Elective

Grade 10

  • Art and Animation 3-4, Photo and Video 3-4, or Graphic Design and Printmaking 3-4 
  • Modern World History or AP World History: Modern
  • English 3-4 or English 3-4 Accelerated
  • Geometry or Algebra 2 Accelerated
  • World Language 3-4
  • PE/Marching Band/Sports
  • Academic Elective


Grade 11

  • Art and Animation 5-6, Photo and Video 5-6, or Graphic Design and Printmaking 5-6
  • U.S. History or AP US History
  • English 5-6 or AP English Language
  • Algebra 2 or AP Pre-Calculus 
  • Chemistry in the Earth System or Chemistry Honors
  • Academic or Athletic Elective


Grade 12

  • AP Government and AP Economics or Government and Economics or
  • Diverse Voices & Media Literacy or  AP English Literature
  • Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry or AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB
  • Academic or Athletic Elective 2-3 recommended



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School of The Arts Slides

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Work-Based Learning

  • Student Television Network National Convention
  • 24 hour Animation Competition
  • Mock Interviews
  • Spoken Word Poetry Workshops



For More Information

Contact Joel Jelinowicz
(562) 433-0481 ext.6850

Nondiscrimination Statement: The Long Beach Unified School District prohibits discrimination, intimidation, harassment (including sexual harassment) or bullying based on a person’s actual or perceived ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, immigration status, national origin, religion, race or ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

For questions or complaints, contact Equity Compliance Officer: Steve Rockenbach, Director of Employee Relations,1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90815, 562-997-8220, and Title IX Coordinator: Kimberly Dalton, Director of Human Resource Services, 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90815, 562-997-8108, and 504 Coordinator: Jenny R. Acosta, Program Administrator, 2221 Argonne Ave, LB 90815, 562-986-6870,