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DeKalb School f the Arts



2007 Georgia School of Excellence

2009 US Department of Education Blue Ribbon School

2009 Advanced Placement Access, Equity, and Achievement Honor’s School


The mission of the DeKalb School of the Arts is to provide the highest quality education possible through academics and the arts. To achieve this goal, DSA provides each student with a comprehensive education inclusive of special knowledge and experience in the arts and develops the discipline, appreciation and achievement necessary for student’s academic, professional and personal goals. In addition to a full compliment of academic subjects, students are offered drama, dance, vocal and instrumental music, visual arts, video technology, creative writing, and technical theater. A large number of students participate in the gifted, advanced, and advanced placement programs of study.

After touching the lives of over 1000 students for 14 years as the DeKalb Center for Performing Arts (DCPA) at Avondale High School, this magnet program was expanded to a stand-alone high school in 1999. In 2009, the program returned to the Avondale campus, but still operates as a separate school. DSA’s current enrollment is 365 students in grades 8-12.

For acceptance into the school, students must have a cumulative GPA of 80%, no grade lower than 71, and meet promotion requirements for certain classes. Students must audition in two arts disciplines, interview with the faculty and submit a total of four written recommendations from teachers (two arts and two academic). Students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the program. In addition, students are required to earn a minimum of two production credits a year. It is a rigorous and demanding program. Auditions are held for fall placement only.

The graduates of DCPA and DSA have matriculated at NYU, Parsons School of Design, Stanford, Boston University, College of Wooster, Hampton University, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Georgia, Morehouse College, Georgia Tech, Bard College, Fordham University, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, Florida State University, Dartmouth, Spelman, Oberlin, etc. Each year, students generate large amounts of scholarships for their post-secondary education.

DeKalb School of the Arts

1192 Clarendon Avenue Avondale Estates, GA 30002


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