The Tacoma School of the Arts began as an idea in 1998 and with the help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Model Schools Program, the Tacoma Public Schools, and a variety of partners in the local arts and business community, the Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) opened in the Fall of 2001. The school’s proximity to cultural organizations was intentional in order to provide opportunities for students to engage in the community. The success of SOTA can be attributed to the commitment of the school district, staff, parents and our community partners. We have been fortunate to have the support and endorsement of the superintendent and our community as we continue to build a learning environment for students of all abilities.