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Durham School Of The Arts
401 North Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-3926
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public | 6-12
County: Durham


  Class SizeGradeYear
  School Head OfficialYear
David Hawks2012
  Students Getting Free LunchYear
8/8/2010parentMy daughter started @ DSA in the 6th grade and will be a senior this year. It has been a positive experience overall and my daughter has really enjoyed the diversity and opportunities that DSA has provided. My only complaint - this is not the usual neighborhood school so it seems difficult to get parental involvement & assistance in the various groups (PTSA, Boosters, etc). It often seems to be the same handful of parents volunteering @ functions. If your child goes to DSA - please jump in & help make this school even greater than it already is.
2/2/2010parentThis school fosters an atmosphere of respect, academic achievement and tolerance that I have not seen at any other high school. Students learn through arts based and project based ideologies that nurture the students who struggle and allow the strong students to shine. The teachers provide different types of activities that appeal to the different intelligences of students so that they all have a chance to be successful and the arts portion of the curriculum is fabulous.
10/5/2009parentCulture of respect coupled with academic excellence. DSA's arts-based curriculum gives kids the opportunity to expand their horizons. My children both want to be scientists but an arts education is also helping them to think outside the box.
10/3/2009otherWhen many public school systems have abandoned the arts, we are blessed to have a public school devoted to the arts.
10/3/2009parentGreat school, graduates real artists.
9/18/2009otherGreat teachers, great kids. Academics, sports and the arts. The perfect school.
9/16/2009parentMy daughter Zoe graduated there and went on to study studio art in college--it totally sparked her interest in the arts.
9/16/2009parentDSA provides a great learning experience.
9/16/2009parentIt gives middle school students a chance to take high school level courses and has good choral and drama departments and no football team.
8/21/2009parentDSA provides a great learning environment with many opportunities for both middle and high school aged students. In addition to the many art-related extracurricular activities there are also sports, civic clubs, and other special interest clubs. Students are challenged and the teachers care about their students. The school has about 1400 students between 7 grades - that's only 200 per grade level - much smaller than most middle schools and definitely much smaller than the area high schools. There is a reason they get over 1600 applications each year for only 300 spots!
3/22/2009parentThe teachers are lazy and sorry they work only for a check it's sad what the system allow too teach our kids when i went too schools about 20 yrs ago the school systems didin't have anythign and they manage to get by and teach but i guess going to school in the country will always be better than going in the city i wish i never would have moved too the city
3/4/2009parentive had a son at DSA for several years now. We are so lucky, this school offers so much and the principal is very responsive to parents as are the teachers. The staff and guidance should be reschooled, however, in civility.dont hold this against the rest of the school though!
6/20/2007former studentThis is a great school. I loved it when I was there.
1/1/2007parentThe school has entered a new age is making tremendous growth! You will love the school.
9/23/2006parentBoth our children have had the great luck of the draw to be chosen in the lottery to attend DSA. And they have taken full advantage. My son's pathway to graduation is 'Guitar'. What other school offers that? He is also in the Science and Math clubs. Daughter is graduating this year. Her pathway is Theatre. Both are taking the hardest classes offered, (Honors and AP) and continue to excel. What great teachers !! At the start of semesters, it is always exciting to see who their teacher will be. They all have different styles, but usually are open and receptive to teaching outside the box. I believe the incidence rate of fights, disruptions, is the lowest of all other Durham Highschools. My kids feel safe. We're glad they are there.
8/31/2006studentI'm a student at DSA, and I have been for 6 years (going on 7) It is the most amazing place in the world and I love it to death. THe teachers are wonderful, the staff can be rude but they do their job well, and the kids who go there are more open minding and accepting than any other Durham Public School. Going to DSA has truly affected my life in so many ways, and I am so thankful I got the oppurtunity to go there. Anyone who speaks badly of DSA, must not have a kid who wants to be there, because any child enthusastic about the arts should love DSA as much as I do. Thats I have to say =)
8/10/2005parentThis school is one of the best my child has went to , the teachers are great , the student are not of much trouble and My child has gotten into a really good college , My child loves this school and so do I , Its better then my childs disrtict school Hillside , she has gotten a better education , Thank you DSA
6/20/2005parentI have had a child attending DSA for 4 years and I believe that the school is beginning to see positive leadership with the new principal. The expectaions are high and the number and quality of extra curricular activities are amazing.
1/2/2005parentmy daughter has been a student at DSA for 3 year now. So far her teachers have been outstanding. When I have tried to reach any of them they have returned my calls in a timely manner. And, is always willing to help me with my daughter so she can do the best she can in school. However, the staff members in the administrative office I can not speak highly of. Alot of times the women are rude and not very helpful and have a bad attitude. No one greets you when you walk in the office nor are they polite when answering the phones. I have noticed someone else has mentioned in this website so i wanted to share my feelings to.
9/21/2004parentI understand a lot of the students in the school does not have a a lot of support from within the household, however when a student does have a support system that is trying to help her and reaching out to the teachers and school system for assistance in helping this child, you get a big run around. I have been trying for 3 months to get a little girl I mentor an education evaluation to assess her education level. I have expressed to the guidance counselor my concerns of a learning disability and would like the child evaluated, and I am being told the school does provide these servics. When I spoke with a woman who works with students w/ learning disabilities she informed me the school board establishes a board annually, and a lot of parents are having a hard time getting the school to help.
5/12/2004parentIn this school the staff have a really bad attitude.

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