School of the Arts, Singapore

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School of the Arts Singapore
Logo of the School of the Arts, Singapore (white).jpg
1 Zubir Said Drive
Type Specialized Independent
Established 2008
Session Single-session
School code 7802
Principal Ms Lim Geok Cheng

The School of the Arts (abbreviated as "SOTA") is Singapore's first pre-tertiary specialised independent arts school. It was initiated by the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts[1] (currently the Ministry of Communications and Information) to cater to youth aged 13 to 18 years showing capability in the arts. Its location at 1 Zubir Said Drive is dedicated to the late Zubir Said, composer of the Singaporean national anthem.[2]

From 1 November 2012, oversight of SOTA was taken over by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).


Night view of SOTA in April 2013

SOTA provides a holistic education for youths aged 13 to 18 years old, through a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate Programme.


The average class size is 20–25 students, with classes named according to level colours. Each level has different colours: red, green, orange, blue, purple and yellow, for years one to six respectively.


Construction of the city-campus at Kirk Terrace, now Zubir Said Drive

The award-winning city-campus, located in the arts cultural district of Singapore, was designed by WOHA Architects.



  • 2013–present: Ms. Lim Geok Cheng
  • 2008–2012: Mrs. Rebecca Chew

External links[edit]


  1. ^ SOTA website 
  2. ^ "Sota tribute to Zubir Said", Weekend Today, 9 May 2009, archived from the original on 10 May 2009 

Coordinates: 1°17′56.4216″N 103°50′54.4128″E / 1.299006000°N 103.848448000°E / 1.299006000; 103.848448000