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Denver, CO
Students enrolled: 1,051
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7111 Montview Blvd
Denver, CO 80220

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December 02, 2014
At the beginning of each school year, I hold my breath with hopeful anticipation that this year will be the year of my kid s Great Art School Experience and by this time each year I feel once again that I made a terrible, terrible choice in sending my child to Denver School of the Arts. While I realize many kids do have a great experience, please parents of prospective students do not think simply by default of gaining entrance that your child will have a great experience. One art major s faculty is not the same as the other arts majors faculty members so analyze carefully during the audition process as to whether the environment being presented is accurate and whether it is the right fit for your child. If Denver School of the Arts feels like a bad fit, then heed your instincts and seek another school. My experience is the fit will not get better and in fact, it will probably get worse and wear down your kid s spirit. It is difficult to pry a kid away from the only social circle they know so for this parent, Denver School of the Arts is an exercise in passing time and hoping for the best.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2014
The academics are geared towards teaching to the test in order to increase test scores/school ratings and technology courses are non-existent. The school administration is aloof and out-of-reach and with their like it or lump it attitude with everything from class scheduling to academic guidance, be prepared to be frustrated. In addition, unless a school event is high profile, the teachers have the responsibility of keeping all the activities that fall outside of the school hours going with nary an administrator in sight.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2014
I continue to be amazed at how highly this school is rated even with the incredible crutch of an awful culture, horrible management and mostly horrible teachers. Simply amazing. Truly this school should get about a 3. Not three starts. 3 out of 10.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
This is daughter's first year and she loves the school. I have been very impressed with the way the teachers not in the major areas find ways to connect with these creative students. The school is very focused on developing the students not only artistically but academically as well to prepare them. They support involvement of the parents as well which I believe is part of the success to this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
As a theatre major at DSA I can vouch for the fact that it is an amazing school. Yes there are some cliques between majors because we spend so much time in our own major, but for the most part there is less bullying for us crazy art students who wouldn't really fit in at another school. I get to do what I love every day, and I am so thankful for that. The academic teachers are mostly pretty good and academics and test scores at this school are phenomenal. The major departments are amazing as well. In theatre we are learning college level acting techniques, which is probably why we earned a total of 13 million dollars in college scholarships last year. DSA has helped and will continue to help amazing kids go far in life.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2014
I have to say we have had a very different experience that those posted below. DSA has been a great school for my daughter and she has excelled there. She went to another middle school before transferring to DSA and DSA has fewer issues with the population than the other school. We have not had bullying experience and our class and major has been great. Academics over all are great, with a few teachers we didn't care for in middle school and the teachers do pick favorites or have a favorite class on occasion. Starting high school this year and looking forward to the next four years. This school has been nourishing and encouraging with the children able to be who they are and be accepted, in our experience. Overall, this has been a great experience and I am glad our daughter went here, rather than our local home school.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
This school is hardly elitist. There are families from all economic levels in this school. Auditions are held blindly. The art dept heads do not know the district or zip code the auditionees are coming from when they make their selections. As far as bullying goes, I have seen a swift actions from the staff on what I would consider very mild infractions. Parents and kids were sat down in an immediate conference. Bullying in this school is so much less then at our old school in Jefferson county I am thankful every time I read my daughter's facebook page and see what her old classmates are up to. I seriously thank my lucky stars we found this school. This is a school where kids are seen as individuals in every class and don't get overlooked. In the first month of my daughters advanced math class, the teacher identified her unusual learning style and offered additional insight and suggested she get longer time for testing. I asked how he recognized her learning style and he said he spends a lot of time in the beginning really looking at each and every student and their needs. Students need to learn to be self motivated and disciplined to be successful here.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
This school is elitist. The kids are elitist. The teachers are elitist. The parents are elitist. Bullying is very prevalent and the administration will only marginally address if it is a boy bullying a girl, girls bullying boys and girls bullying girls are ignored. My daughter was bullied for over a year before we finally pulled her from this school. My son still goes there, but probably not for long. Finally, the teachers pick their favorites and ignore the rest. Very disappointing. Very frustrating. Stay away. Let your kids excel somewhere else and keep them out of this horrible environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2014
My two sons attend this school, in different majors and grades. We have had an overall good experience for my first son and just an ok with my second son. Most of the teachers are great and the all students are amazing in their various arts. I would love to see more kids from ethnic backgrounds represented because the lack of diversity is disturbing. If DSA could bring together more races it would be a truly special kind of place.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
I also have two children that attend DSA, unfortunately I can't give this school anything more than one star. I want to first state that there are a few very caring teachers who go over and beyond. A very few is not enough though. Both of my kids have been bullied and discriminated against by not only students but specific teachers as well. The administration and staff are so busy tooting their own horn that they are completely disconnected about what truly goes on there. There are a handful of students who get all the attention and the rest are casually left to fall in the cracks. Both my children were so excited to attend DSA. They were both passionate about their majors, and now they are both begging my husband and I to put them in another school. Don't believe this school when they speak about how diverse they strive to be, the hallways are proof alone that it is nothing close to representing the demographics of Denver. Basically, if I would have known 4 years ago what I know now I would have never subjected my kids to such an elitist school. Its too bad administration could care less. I agree with the summed up review before mine.....TOXIC!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
My daughter attended 8th grade as a visual arts major, and overall I think she was satisifed with her major instructors. Her major objection to the school was how some students were allowed to run rough shod over other students. More seriously, the administration did not immediately respond to problamatic situations and to some extent tolerate very negative behaviors. Moreover, I was quite surprised that some 8th graders did bring in alcohol on campus during the school day. Finally, the school is very beholden to test scores from the beginning of the year. My daughter scored poorly on a math exam and the school then said she would not be able to take geometry until 10th or 11th grade. She is now enrolled at a different art school (LACHSA) is doing extremely well in geometry as a ninth grader.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
This is truly a great school. All students are involved in some type of arts (visual, theater, music, dance,stagecraft, creative writing) major. They have an excellent oportunity to develop as artists because the school provides a minimum of 90 min. every day for arts classes. Students' arts majors structure a major part of their lives. They make friends in their own dicipline as well as others, when collaborating on projects such as the school musical. There are performances year round, so it's always "showtime". The academic classes go very well because the kids are happy since they have an outlet for expressing their creativity. Finally the teachers and administrators are first-rate. This is a school that would do well, without being forced to "be accountable". The school is great because the staff loves their jobs and believe wholeheartedly in what they are doing!

- submitted by a teacher
November 13, 2012
As a graduate I consider myself truly blessed to have attended this institution. It opened my mind to so many different people and ideas. It really broke the mold in terms of what a "normal" highschool should be. No cliques - everyone was too weird to exclude anybody. I can name every single one of the people I graduated with and tell something about them. Creativity - Many of my teachers were also artists and many of my assignments reflected that. Maturity - I feel that my world view is far beyond my years Talent - I met some of the most gifted & inspiring people There were downsides. Given the professional climate of the school, we were relegated to our majors almost exclusively. As a 5 year theatre major I never once worked with film majors. The counseling department was definitely lacking in providing college options outside our majors. There is definitely a lack of diversity, as a black male I never felt excluded, but not always accepted. I didn't receive a normal high school experience and wouldnt have it any other way

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2012
As a graduate of DSA, I can confidently say that this school was the best thing to ever happen to me. It made me who I am today, and introduced me to the most intelligent, passionate, and talented individuals I have ever met. My gratitude for what this school has done for me, both academically and artistically, is unbounded. I recommend it in the highest esteem possible for a high school/middle school. It will shape who you are and introduce you to your soulmates.

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2012
This is our daughter's 5th year at DSA. Her experience has been mixed with many highs and lows. While the arts majors provide a conservatory-like environment, it comes with a cost. There is so much pressure to perform and be the best that we fear our daughter will be burned out before she graduates from high school. Our daughter routinely has upwards of two hours of homework per night in her major in addition to academic homework. Add in rehearsals and mandatory attendance at performances, and there is little to no time for our daughter to do anything else. Test scores are high due to the fact that the vast majority of the students at the school are naturally advanced, evidenced by the fact that all students are enrolled in honors courses as a default and must opt out in order to take the standard course (which is somehow considered sub-par). During times when our daughter needed extra help, it was like pulling teeth to get it and she was made to feel that something must be wrong with her. While I love the premise behind the school, there are definitely areas for improvement to ensure balance and health for students.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2011
This is my daughter's first year at DSA. We were a little tentaive since she came from an amazing parochial school that had high academics. We have been pleasantly surprised. She is allowed to focus on her love of dance and take honors math and honors science classes. Instead of recess and PE she can dance and get her academics in. The biggest differences I've seen is that the academic instructors also support the arts, students can be individuals and accepted, the school is clean, the students and faculty are polite and respectful of one another, there is no bullying, homework assignments seem to be coordinated by instructors so there is never an overwhelming amount on a particular night and there is no "busy work" assignments given, and finally there is always a feeling of excitement in the air. We drive over an hour and a half each way for her to attend and she loves it!! What else could you ask for?

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
I attend D.S.S.T, we have a 100% graduation and college acceptence rate. Schools like Harvard,Stanford, and DU

- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2011
My daughter will not start at DSA until the start of next year and I might possibly have a different opinion then, but here is the research I have done. When you go to the Colorado Department of Education Website and look at the CSAP comparisons, you will see that DSA is really second to no other public school in the district. They even beat out science and technology on most scores. At the acceptance meeting we went to in the spring they talked extensively about how they plan on meeting the state eduction budget cuts. All of their next years budget is going to faculty and they guaranteed that no class size will exceed 28. Coming from Jeffco where my daughter's next year class size is looking closer to 40, I am thrilled. We are going to have to pay higher fees for materials, but personally I would rather do that, then have staff reductions. The principal was very adament that BOTH accedemic and artistic GPA had to be maintained, or your child would be asked to not return the following year. Again, I am thrilled. Most students are expected to be in the honors programs and high expectations in all areas are standard. This school far exceeds any area public school I have seen

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2011
In the first few years, we were ecstatic about the possibilities for our very creative, gifted & talented / exceptionally intelligent & caring young guy at DSA. 7 yrs later-not so sure. The teachers range from incredible to absolutely terrible, with incredible in the serious minority. Since we started at DSA, it's slipped down on the CSAP rankings, even though they relentlessly teach to the test. I wouldn't rank academics as excellent, but merely sufficient. Our kid has suffered academically due to the way things are there. I put the blame on some rotten apple teachers as well as a couple of terrible principals (the current is an upgrade). Arts Majors: where the problem lies. with so much demand placed on the students that their academics suffer. Academia & arts depts don't coordinate well. We're always fighting for excused absences & makeup work due to the rampant disorganization. The different arts DO NOT cross-pollinate AT ALL. If you're in vocal, then you're in vocal. If you're in theater, then, you're there ONLY. It seems there's a cabal of over-excited parents who wish to live vicariously through their children. The same could be said of some of the arts teachers also.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
When my son was accepted at Denver School of the Arts my biggest concern was that the academics may not be the best. I was happily mistaken. DSA consistently rates Excellent or High in the standardized state tests and they have a 99% graduation rate. More schools should incorporate arts and academics. This combination produces well rounded, intellegent, cultured and interesting young people.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2010
Great school for the arts, by Denver standards. But, if your child is academically advanced, consider a private alternative for arts training and a better HS>

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Can't say enough good things about DSA. My childs first year there has been the best possible educational exeprience I could have hoped for.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
This school is wonderful for kids who really want to focus on their artistic interests while going to a high quality academic school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
DSA is a school for students who are interested in all forms of the arts (visual, musical, vocal, theatre, writing, etc). The school strongly encourages creativity, yet also has high standards for regular curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Combines good academics with actual art instruction. Hard to find anywhere these days.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
A creative learning environment, where diversity is celebrated, and the human spirit of art is encouraged!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 28, 2009
My two kids, in different majors both enjoy going every day - the staff is incredibly devoted, and push the kids to succeed. With the new principal, I hope for even better in the years to come

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
It is a school that has high standards, helps students to meet them, and allows students to become who they were meant to be.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
the kids & parents are sooo motivated - and success is assumed by everybody

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
DSA is amazing - I love to be there and absorb the positive energy that emanates from that place. Everyone wants to be there, which makes such a difference! My kids are very happy at DSA, and never complain about getting up at 5:30 a.m. to get there on time from Littleton every day. You can truly be yourself at DSA, and be supported and not bullied.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
The academics and the arts are rigerous and almost all the teachers at the school have a arts history. Denver school of the arts offers advanced classes to any one who needs them. the school also welcomes all students of any race, sex, and religion. the school is clean and well taken care of as well as offers a varity of after school clubs/activites. Denver School of the arts is a wonderful school with great test scores and is the best school in america!

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
It is a place of amazing creativity, inspiring teachers and students & thoughtful social action.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 05, 2009
As a parent of a 7th grader, it's amazing to have a child wake up every day clamoring to go to school. DSA is really something special where children are encourage to be who they are.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
It has great arts programs. Students receive national and international recognition for their art projects. DSA gets great test scores!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Denver school of the arts is a great school! I love the teachers and the great art programs. The academics are great too!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
It is a great opportunity, to be successful in my future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
It is a school where artists come to improve and express whatever love to do.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
DSA is a great place to learn academics and learn about yourself through the arts!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
I love DSA because I can explore my art form, video cinema arts, and learn a lot. All of the people here are very friendly too!

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
I totally love DSA!!!! it is the best school on earth!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
My school is a cluster of awesomness,and anyone who likes awesome an education will love this school. And if i could tell an Alien what school i would say DSA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
DSA is the greatest school because you are free to be who you want to be. At Denver School of the Arts everyone is welcoming and creative in their own ways. Here you'll never feel like an outcast, and you'll have fun everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Denver School of the Arts is really just a great school. The environment is really welcoming and accepting as well as all the staff and students. Because we're all arts oriented, its a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Denver School of the Arts offers an amazing environment for artists. Any kid who wants to express themselves can in any way they want here. IT IS THE BEST SCHOOL EVER!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
The school have great teachers, the environment is very welcoming.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
It is an incredibly open-minded and accepting environment which promotes students to take responsibility for their own learning and to help others. The teachers are passionate about connecting their subjects to the artistic passions of the students.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
It's wonderful that DSA has managed to get so many kids so passionate about culture and the arts. Everyone I know is intelligent and driven, and just happy to be at school. I don't know where else that kind of atmosphere exists.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
Its a fun exciting place where you can express your art freely

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
I love DSA because it is extremely well-organized, communicates very well with parents, and, most importantly has a curriculum and staff, teachers and admin alike, who are obviously inspiring our 6th Grader who is blossoming and LOVES going to school.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
The math and science teaching has far exceeded my expectations for an art school. These teachers are doing a fabulous job.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Embracing children for who they are!!!!! Not what they should be!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
It's a great school, both academically and in developing these kids skills in the arts!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
This school has the best creative energy of any school I've ever set foot in.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Denver School of the Arts has been successful in creating a 'safe', creative environment for young adults to discover who they are. During this process DSA allows them the chance to be themselves everyday. It is amazing and my chilren and entire family has been 'changed for good.'

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Great learning environment! The Stagecraft and Design curriculum in particular provides my son with a unique program perfectly suited to his inclination for hands-on construction and design that is simply unavailable elsewhere. The staff shines, too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
This is a great school that challenges my child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
We love this school. The teachers are terrific!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
last year, our daughter entered DSA in 7th grade. She didn't know a single student and we were a little concerned that she would not be happy there. A year later, you couldn't get her to change schools for anything!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
What an amazing school for young students to grow in the arts. The students are all focused and have big plans for the future. It seems every student does so well in their academics because there are student, faculty and parents who all are very supportive in the DSA community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
I love DSA because of it's diversity and because children are aloud to express themselves with just the right amount of boundries.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
My daughter goes to DSA in the creative writing program. I've never seen a teenager as happy and excited about school as she is. In addition to offering an environment that fosters the students' various artistic talents, it also has excellent academics and a supportive community.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Denver School of the Arts has been a perfect fit for my daughter. I have never seen her happier than she is right now in her school setting.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Denver School of the Arts is the Juilliard of the west. This school has kept our son engaged and interested throughout middle and high school. The academics are top-notch, and there is still time for arts activities for at least two periods per day. It's a warm loving place full of dedication to kids, arts and education.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
The teaching staff has an incredible amount of energy - they pass that down to our daughter, and she loves going to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
This school has been awesome for my son. He really enjoys the Piano piece of his curriculum and the core curriculum has also been both very challenging and effective.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
It is the perfect blend of arts and academics, with an awesome student body and great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
Great combination of arts and academics. My student has never been more enthusiastic about school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
This school allows students to study in a supportive and creative environment. Although the arts curriculum is the schools 'banner', the school also has a challenging academic curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
I love that DSA has such a supportive, creative vibe. It lets my student pursue her passion along with traditional academics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
DSA provides an open, inclusive and inviting edulational atmosphere where everyone is welcome and encouraged to be exactly who they are. In that environment, every student can stretch and reach for their highest potential in their art form as well as in the rigerous academic program. It is the perfect place for my daughter, a creative writer. She has expanded and grown in so many ways it is hard to capture it all here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Denver School of the Arts is an awesome school! It is a 6th-12th grade arts magnet program. The most incredible thing about the school is its' school culture. They have managed to create such a community of learners that is immediately experienced when you enter the school. Students help one another, the upper classmen take the younger students under their wing and help them transition into the school. The diverse student body is amazing. Equity and respect are the norm.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
Excellence in academics and the arts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
DSA has opened doors not only for performances, but has exposed my children to rigorous academics, other art forms and social situations with people of similar intelligence, goals and interests. It's truly an amazing place!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
My son was always in trouble for being distracted drawing in class and hated school until he started at DSA in 6th grade. Now he is a Sophmore, gets up at 5am to make sure to get to school on time and loves school. His grades are now mostly A's with a couple of B's I have seen him grown personally as well as academically all thanks to DSA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
They offer so much for a public school. My son is a violin player and it offers him so much opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
Its so diverse and all the kids are so accepting and non-discriminatory, and everyone just loves each other. also, the academics are really good the teachers are able to teach witthout boring the students or stressing them out too much.

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2009
I feel safe to be myself and express myself thru art. The teachers are amazing!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 30, 2009
I love DSA because every day, in every class, I know my son's teachers want him to be the best student he can and succeed. My son loves it because they let him wear his hat in class.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
DSA is a fantastic school...allowing for students to persue and express themselves through the arts combined with academic excellence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Because you get to spend a bunch of time doing what you love. The academics are just at the right level.

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2009
My child loves this school! This is my student's 2nd year at DSA and has wonderful friends! My one and only complaint is the homework. At least with my child's major there is little time for anything else. Outside of that it is an awesome school!!! When you expect the best, you get the best! One more thing. I wish they would say the pledge at lease a couple of time a week.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
My child goes to DSA and I feel that it is a horrible school because the kids have no discipline or structure and do whatever they want when they want. Then the staff calls it 'expressing themselves' but its just kids running wild.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Denver School of the Arts is a place where all students are valued for their gifts and individuality.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
This the only school I've ever worked for that puts the arts first rather than sublimating it to 'elective' status. As a visual arts teacher, I work with students in a 7-year program to develop artistic skill and personal voice. We teach everything from math to professional business skills through the arts here. Our students are motivated through their art form to become responsible citizens of the planet and the creative thinkers of tomorrow.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 07, 2009
My son is in his second year (10th) of going to DSA. This school has changed his life for the better. He loves the school so much that he is willing to wake up at 4:55 am to attend. The experience and exposure DSA has offered my son makes it the place to be when you want to become an experienced professional in your major. To be honest, going in, I had doubts about the school, but the change it has made in my son, makes it all so worth it!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2009
I have been attending Denver School of the Arts since I was in 6th grade, making this my fourth year. Denver school of the arts is an excellent school for students dedicated to their art and want to get professional help for your art. It provides over the top education both for academic and in your major. Some students may not agree, but in order to truly enjoy this school, you must have a strong passion for it. I love Denver School of the Arts, and I hope you decide you do too.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 14, 2009
Hello!! I go to D.S.A and right now i'm in 6th grade. The most heard rumour outside is that this school is for preppy kids. That is not true. i have many friends who don't even get enough money to liv ein a small house. The elctives and teachers there are great too. Especially Mr. Mediatore, the math teacher. if your kid never liked math like i did, they will when you get in 6th grade math. Mr.Mediatore is a very generous person. He is funny, and every body at our school thinks he is awesome. The electives can teach great things too, like piano or typing. Those are just one of many electives. If your kid gets in ti D.S.A, Congrats!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating March 14, 2009
My student has been at DSA for 3 years and will graduate next year. I would not recommend DSA for every student. What I usually tell friends who ask is, 'If you are happy where you are and feel you are being academically challenged, then stay put.' Otherwise, DSA is a good option. Academically it is adequate and AP classes offer some challenge. What makes the school special is the environment. Nobody is considered 'popular' because everybody is generally accepted for who they are. The diversity prepares students for the real world. My student has loved it and wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2009
hi, i'm a student at DSA and i've been attending since sixth grade. although things are kid of disorganized at school once your in the rhythm of you students and teachers you know your way around. Fitting in isnt hard at all because in the end you always have something in common with everybody in your major. Although as a student, we complain its really the best school you can attend if your passionate about your art form. There is rumor that the acedemics are weak because of our arts but i've had a pretty great education because the teachers acknowledge our demands of our art major and try to encorporate the majors into their projects and classwork. When in your major they can be pretty demanding because all the majors have some sort of deadline or another but when you love your art it doesnt seem like school work anymore!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 01, 2009
Great school for the artistic. My granddaughter attends with a dance major. My concern is that at DSA they are required to pick up so many dance class outside of the school. She just participated in the International Association of Black Dancers and the more proficient performers attended schools (i.e., Duke Ellington and Cleveland Schools of Arts) where all their requirements were met in the school. They took their academics during regular school hours and they danced three hours at the end of the day. This frees up students to do homework and be kids as well. Maybe DSA could incorporate this into their curriculum.

- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2008
I attend this school and believe that im not challenged at all! The teachers seem to all have issues and i dont enjoy it at all

- submitted by a student
no rating December 16, 2008
just commenting on the comment made on Nov. 26 DSA is an amazing school. I am a new student this year, and it is weird. It took me a month to adjust to the diversity and freedom. It does not lack disipline! they just alow use to be ourselves. also passing period is a time to socialize and let extra energy out, because we work llyrea hard during class, and can't be to crazy during that time. Also you are correct most kids wouldn't be accepted socially in 'normal' schools, but give me a definetion of normal... its common... like everyone else... but 'normal' people don't have exciting careers. They work at stores and restraunts. DSA is a fabulous school for anyone wanting to pursue a vigorous career in the arts!

- submitted by a student
December 12, 2008
I can't imagine going to any other school, I've always struggled academically, and through DSA I have been able to really except my education and become motivated to make good grades. My major, although very demanding, has taught me so much about who to achieve and meet my deadlines. I've met the greatest people at DSA: the most wonderful teachers and lifelong friends :)

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
I am a recent graduate of the Theatre program at Denver School of the Arts, and I could not have asked for more out of my education. Having attended the school for 5 years, I experienced many changes that took in the program, but through these adjustments, I was continually pushed by both my academic and acting teachers. I now attend one of the top Theatre Performance schools in the country, on a high talent scholarship, and am achieving much success here, due to the training I received at DSA. I can only talk about the Theatre Major, but know that it is not for the light of motivation and skill. For those looking to audition, be extremely sure that this is not just an extracurricular activity for you, rather a life / career choice. If so, grow for it! It is a wonderful place to grow and learn!

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 06, 2008
I having experience of cheater school, public and this school is the best school that I ever meet and I love that my douther could be attend in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2008
I have been going to Denver School of the Arts since 6th grade and I am in 8th now. If you are looking for a safe, diverse, artistic school accepting all walks of life, D.S.A. is the place to go!

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 17, 2008
I've gone there for years and have never been tired of my major. We do different things every year!

- submitted by a student
no rating May 03, 2008
I am a former student of DSA and recently left in the middle of the year to attend my local middle school because of DSA. They failed to meet my academic needs and the teachers were really mean and very rude to me and my peers. Along with the teachers being rude the students were also extremely mean. They bullied me and made my life very hard. I would come home everyday and cry. It makes me sad that I tried so hard to get in and then find out that I hated it. Overall I had a really awful experience at Denver School of the Arts.

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2008
When I heard about this school, I immediatly wanted to audition. Violin has always been my passion so I tried out, and got in! I love this school. The teachers, both academic and major teachers push you to do your best. That's just what I needed. Before being here, violin was many times annoying, but now I have friends that do the same. I love being around people who want to pursue their dreams. I've seen the most amazing kids here who have done so much just to be here. This is my favorite school ever! Plus, you can dance or sing in the hallways and you won't get yelled at!

- submitted by a student
December 17, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 08, 2007
I'm a third year vocal major at DSA and that school is my life! This is the best school i've ever been to. I will be going into Highschool next year and i cannot leave this school. It is my home.

- submitted by a student
October 17, 2007
This is our daughter's 7th. year at DSA. For a student who has a desire to pursue the arts, this is the place to be. Academics are equal to any of the best schools. These kids are very busy, and on the whole they love it. Great school spirit and loyalty. Great parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
I have two children who have attended DSA. We have had overall positive experiences. The school has very high expectations of students, in both their academic work and their art work. There are no sports programs at DSA, however students can elect to participate on their 'home school' sports teams. This school is leaps and bounds better than the 'home school' that my children would have had to attend.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2007
I go to DSA, and I find it an extremely good program. It is a magnet school, so be prepared to audition for you spot here. Sometimes I do feel that the academics are lacking, but I have still managed to get a quality education. The school is separated into 9 majors, Visual Arts, Theatre, Band, Orchestra, Piano, Dance, Video Cinema Arts, Stagecraft and Design, and Creative Writing. Most parents are involved and most students are dedicated. It truly is a great school.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 24, 2006
Having one child there who just matriculated into the school, I think that DSA academics are overrated. It is also very difficult to keep up with the posting of class assignments, as some teachers use their website spots and some don't. Summation: DSA has alot of in-house work to do to make it a truly great school. Parents should push hard for it.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2005
As an alumni of DSA now attending a major conservatory for music, I can assure you that the quality of education DSA has to offer is phonominal. It's not for everyone, but if your child fits, encourage them. DSA alone will not make them great, but it provides amazing opertunities and a chance to experience a semi-professional setting. DSA students are well prepared to compete in both academic and artistic fields after graduating.

- submitted by a former student
May 29, 2005
As parents of a 13yo girl, middle school is scary. For many years we heard fantastic things about this middle/high school but what we (and our daughter) looked forward to most was the small size and devotion of students to the arts. As DSA became the top rated school for academics, more and more parents pushed kids to audition for fewer openings. There is tremendous pressure on the school to expand beyond the size that made it wonderful, and to incorporate two opposing missions. There is controversy over whether DSA should remain a special facility for those with an unusually stong creative drive or a much larger and more typical urban school that offers ambitious parents a highly touted curriculum, even for children who have not previously felt compelled to explore their creativity enough to develope 'demonstrable' talent at auditions. There are frequent charges of elitism. For my child who is obsessed with Shakespeare it has been a bitter dissapointment to spend 90 minutes a day in an acting class with more than 50 other middle schoolers when half of them make fun of her more serious interest in learning. Far too many parents freely admit to me their child is there because there are no other acceptable district middle schools. Current graduating seniors in theatre have taken my child under their wings to mentor her and assure her it will be much better in high school, but they freely admit the school is losing much of what they loved most about it back when students begged their parents to let them go there. Now they claim even suburban parents pay professionals to identify and package any sort of 'DSA worthy' talent for bored, reluctant kids. We remain optomistic that other schools will finally improve options for those students who are less passionate than their parents about DSA. The academic programs are quite good, and parental involvement is reportedly higher than at any other school, but DSA risks being a victim of it's own success if it has to become all things to all ambitious parents, who in many cases would really hate to see their kids end up as actual artists.

- submitted by a parent
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Denver School Of The Arts
7111 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO  80220
(720) 424-1700
Last modified Denver School Of The Arts is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Denver School Of The Arts Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 116 reviews. Top