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Southern Delaware School Of The Arts

Public | K-8 | 452 students

 
 

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Posted September 27, 2013

My granddaughter really like SDSA. She is very artistic, musical and loves to dance. I hope she will be band(s). At the age of 5 years old, I am teaching her piano. So far, the only complaint I've heard from her is about the uniforms. A Proud Grandmother!


Posted May 11, 2010

SDSA fosters an atmosphere of creative learning, respect, and challenges children to think 'out of the box.' I can't think of a better environment for my child to grow. The teachers and staff are very supportive of one another and encourage the students to do the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

I attended this school for my 8th grade year (the highest grade available) the year it opened and I never enjoyed school so much before or since. I am planning to transfer my son to this school because I highly approve of hands-on, arts-based education. I have an 18-month-old daughter who I will have attend this school as well once she is of age. I highly recommend this school to any parent, especially those who find their child is having difficulty in other public schools and loves the arts. The drama and dance programs are exceptional, and the arts program was very enjoyable. I attended mainly for the music program and enjoyed chorus, band, and jazz band in addition to standard music classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

I have recently graduated from the halls of this pleasant school. Although I only came to S.D.S.A. my 4th grade year, I've had many good experiences at this school. The only problem I've experienced from an outsider's perspective is that this school is ridiculously sheltered. Sporting events would at least integrate students with possible school mates in high school but I'm sure some parents would prefer the least amount of interaction with the public as possible. The sheltered lifestyle also contributes to the mind boggling immaturity of some of the student body. Not all students have this trait, but a majority does.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2008

sdsa is a good school i have bein here my whole life,it was a better elementary school although they are tough to get along with all the teachers are great and very good at there job. the arts program is AMAZING!!the drama program is the best in the world!so is the social studies.there is no p.e or any sports so that makes it tough i love sdsa even though i try not to addmit it
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2008

O my goodness! I love this school! I'm a student going in to the 7th grade. My opinion on the school is that I wouldn't go anywhere else. The teachers are so great .I feel that they teacher above other schools. Even though there are no sports for the middle school children , we all have a blast with the arts! I love this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

im a student and i have been at sdsa for 8years. 1-5 is probably the best education you can get in sussex but middle isnt that great. The teachers get worse and you really have no way of communacating to them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2008

I've gone to this school since 5th grade and I'm now in 8th. I love it. I found my voice here and it is a great opportunity for me to learn through the arts. We feel like family here and I believe that anyone comes here, they will love it just as much as I do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2007

I'v been here sience 1st grade and i luv the arts progams here... newspaper rocks my blue socks...
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2007

i have been going to school since 1st grade . i am now in 6th grade and i have to say i love it . in 6 th and up they really want you to pick an art to stick with. i love to sing so this is the best thng this school has to ofer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 31, 2007

I have attended SDSA since 2nd grade. I'm currently going into 8th grade and it is the best school for anyone who loves the arts and loves to learn. The teachers are amazing. I'm in choir and Mrs.Adkins really knows her music. It's going to be very sad to leave this coming school year. SDSA is like a big family. Everyone knows everyone and you are close with everyone. The teachers are awesome when they aren't teaching too! It's nice to know that if you are going through anything you have so many people to help! Over all my SDSA experience is definitly a good one that I will never forget!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2007

wow its so sad that were leaving! 6 days left and counting! I've been here since 1st grade. its a shock looking back. people at this school are family! other people think that were just a prep school but you really have to go there to understand. anyway its going to be so sad when we leave
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2006

I just graduated from SDSA last night.I cried all night untill I went to bed.It was all like a dream,like it never happened.I will never be in a school quite as friendly and safe as SDSA.It is like a second home to me.I'm going to miss it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 21, 2006

Both of my children attended this school and loved it. The attention they got from the teachers and administration was fantastice. If far surpassed the attention they recieved prior to this school and once they left it and moved on to High School. SDSA serves this community well and shall for many more years to come. Hopefully some day the district well let this school continue into High School. That is my only regret that they had to leave after 8th grade. Thank you SDSA for all you did for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2006

I am currently an 8th grader at sdsa, and started when I was in 2nd grade. The school has a very relaxed and open atmosphere. The curriculum is hard but rewarding. I feel that going there has made me feel more comfortable with who I am. -Alyssa Y.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2006

I have attended this school for the last three years. I love it there. The teachers are great. The Drama program, as well as all of the other arts programs are amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2005

I attended this school last year and it is the best school out there. Not only does it have great teachers you get many life experiences and you learn more about yourself. The drama program with Mr. D is the best around, I dont think anyone who ever went to this school hated it. There's something for everyone...Music, Drama, Drama Tech, Art, Instrumental Music, and so on. If i could have one wish is it to be opened for high schoolers because I never wanted to leave.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 15, 2005

I attend this School, and I have since it opened, for a complete 8 years I have been here, and I love just about everything. Especially academics, my school grades are wonderful, lately I got accepted into academic challenge. The arts program is wonderful. My only problem is a teacher, but its something I get through, and any child will be rewarded by going to this school. -7th gder Courtney Colegrove
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 6, 2004

I attend SDSA and love its arts program and its academics. I have been going there for 6 years. I love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2004

My son will be and 8th grader at this school this year. He has thoroughtly enjoyed the programming available. He thrives in the 'arts' environment. thank you for all you continue to do for him, and for all of the children in the school!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
>=95%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
>=95%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 73% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students79%
Female83%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status75%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed85%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students74%
Female67%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status75%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed83%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Female90%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students90%
Female88%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English90%

Social Studies

All Students88%
Female88%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status>=95%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English>=95%

Math

All Students89%
Female91%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status90%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed94%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English89%

Science

All Students94%
Female91%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status>=95%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed94%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students>=95%
Female94%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status94%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English>=95%

Math

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status94%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed94%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female>=95%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status87%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students87%
Female87%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status87%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed90%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English87%

Social Studies

All Students84%
Female79%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status87%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed87%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Female89%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status80%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed94%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students81%
Female79%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status73%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed85%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students59%
Female50%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status33%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed61%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 50%
Hispanic 2 6% 13%
Black 2 5% 32%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1 0% 0%
Two or more races 2 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Selbyville, DE 19975
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