taught at traditional high schools. Students who attend SOTA and SAMi have the opportunity to earn more credits than
those students who attend traditional highschools because of our blocked schedule. Students take up to 8 classes
per semester. We currently are offering College classes at both SOTA and SAMi for credit through the University of
Washington and Tacoma Community College.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from sports practices and events.
Pagoda, Lodge, Gardens, Fort Niqually, Metro Parks Greenhouse, and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
SOTA classes are located in several buildings in downtown Tacoma:
• 1102 A Street #200 (on the corner of 11th and A Street) --Administrative offices, Planning Center, Spanish, and Humanities.
• 1950 Pacific Ave. -- Math, Science, and Visual Arts classes.
• 1117 Broadway (Ted Brown building) -- Performing Arts
We also have classes at partnered facilities such as the University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum,
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, and Museum of Glass.
What is Mini-Term?
long period of time during which students take an interdisciplinary workshop class, participate in internships or partici-
pate in our Service and Study Trips. Most freshmen and sophomores participate in workshop classes. Junior and senior
students have the option to participate in our Internship program with one of our communit partners or travel with the
Service and Study program. SOTA and SAMi also offer a one-week June mini-term to students.
three weeks long, spring break is two weeks long, and summer break from the mid-June to the end of August. To see a
copy of the current school-year calendar, please visit www.tsota.org or www.tsami.org
(ORCA card) each month free of charge. SAMi students are also able to take one of three school bus shuttles to Point
Defiance Park from NorthEast Tacoma, Tacoma Community College transit center, and downtown Tacoma at 10th &
invited into the schools regularly, can join and volunteer for a variety of events. throughout the year. Families are
encouraged to play a very active role at the school.
1st Period 8:15-9:35
5th Period 8:15-9:35
Staff Meeting 8:00-10:45
2nd Period 9:50-11:10
6th Period 9:50-11:10
Mentor Project Groups 10:45-12:15
3rd Period 11:55-1:15
7th Period 11:55-1:15
Showcase, Class Breakouts, Workshops
4th Period 1:30-2:50
8th Period 1:30-2:50
or more MPG 1:00-2:50
Project Groups (MPGs). An MPG consists of one mentor teacher and about 20 students. Mentor Groups meet every
Friday and work on the projects that serve both the school community and the extended
community in the city. Additionally through mentor group, students prepare for post-high school life, and receive help
and support from their mentor teacher and fellow mentor group students.
in school daily and to take vacations during school breaks. Friday mornings are great times for dental and medical
appointments, since school does not begin until 10:45am. Should a student be absent, it is the students’ responsibility
to contact the teacher ahead of time if they know they are going to be absent. If a student is sick, students must bring a
note either before or after missing the particular classes and should ask for a re-entry slip.
who is our “good cop” to help to keep all students safe. The downtown community also provides the
bike patrol to police the area. Around the University of Washington Tacoma campus there are UWT security
guards. We have Metro Park Patrol at Point Defience Park, as well as a shuttle bus to move students throught
the park system. Phone numbers for assistance are located on every student’s ID Card in case of an emergency.
At SAMi and SOTA we ask that students move through the downtown and park community safely and respectfully.
Because we value our partnerships within the local business area, we expect students to behave in a way
that only reflects positively on the schools.
cuesta $150. Ofrecemos becas para las familias que las necesiten.
móviles, el zoológico, la playa, y el Pagoda.
mentor project groups. El día escolar empieza a las 8:20 y termina a las 2:45.
como cada otra escuela. El calendario escolar está en nuestra página del web www.tsami.org.