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9-12
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Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 1,218

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2445 San Diego Road
Jacksonville, FL 32207

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November 13, 2014
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts is a shining beacon of creativity and hope for the Jacksonville and surrounding areas. In my time at DA as a Theatre Major, I learned more about myself, my craft and being a young professional than I could have anywhere else. What the school captures so magnificently is the ability to prepare young artists for a professional road ahead of them - that goes beyond their chosen art. DA taught me about time management, professionalism, responsibility, being detail-oriented, being specific and being a well-rounded individual. I'm very excited for the future, with the addition of the new buildings. (if only they were there when I attended!) I recommend Douglas Anderson to anyone serious about strengthening their craft and re-vitalizing themselves as young professionals. I'd give anything to do it again - truly. At times, it can be a dark atmosphere - but that as is life. If you attend, you are charged with figuring out how to make the dark atmosphere a light and hopeful atmosphere for yourself. It's an incredible school. Check it out - go to a performance, journey through the gallery, immerse yourself in a shining jewel that Jacksonville has.

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2014
Very disorganized. No timely communication to students or parents. Multiple schedule changes for new students throughout first months of being in high school for freshmen. No support or contact by principal. New Vice principal placed in 2014 not caring toward students. Such a shame. Great previous reputation. They dropped the ball on the students this year. Maybe too focused on million dollar building project.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2014
DA is definitely an art school, and not good for much else. The academics are mediocre, there are no sports teams, and school clubs are minimal and disorganized. The art classes are good, but they're packed with students, so one-on-one time with teachers doesn't exist. If you enter as a Freshman and stay for all four years there's a chance that you might get to know the teachers and get a part in a production (coming from a performance theatre major). If you're a performer transfer to DA from another school during a time other than Freshman year, good luck getting cast or getting any kind of solid arts education, because they don't accommodate transfer students very well. But read many reviews; many other arts areas are good.

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2014
My son is in an incoming freshman this year and while I am astounded at the educational support for these students and the track record academically and in the art areas, the school's organizational and communication skills are extremely lacking. If I were not a diligent researcher I would not have known much of what I have learned about scheduling, transportation, etc over the past few days. We just sat through orientation which was all about dress code info, no cells during school (which parents complained about), and letting us know about the great additions to the school that should be open next academic year. There was a q&a session but it was flooded more with complaints about the fact that the students are expected to be picked up by 4pm or repeat questions. Notifying us that the student's schedule may not be the one they actually use. A finalized schedule will be given on the first day of school. Supply lists will not be given until during the first week either. I would have liked to have seen a "new to DA packet" (even online), outlining all the information with pertinent phone numbers, a calendar, bus schedule, etc. Put teacher's supply lists online and save paper.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
My son attended all four high school years at DA and loved it! This is a wonderful school where students can purse their arts dreams while also maintaing their academics.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2014
Student/ Sister of alumni Douglas Anderson is an outstanding, competitive and profession arts school with dedicated staff and students. Our academics are amazing, and I my arts area, cinematic arts, there isn't as much a sense of team as family. However, the main reason I write this is to inform a reader that most awful reviews with no credible points (I.e. those saying that students at DA are doomed for life) are most likely bitter students who were turned away, students who were kicked out because they were unable to love up to DA's high standards, or the parents of these children. Before you turn away from the school, simply take a tour and you will be blown away by our talent. I assure you of it.

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2012
I'm a current student. I must say the academics are good, I'd ignore those you say our academic is poor - come on we're tied 2nd in the county school ranking and our AP scores are usually as good if not better than Paxon and we're coming closer each year to getting better scores to get closer to beating Stanton. There are barely fights - usually 1 or none. There is actually a lot of drama because everyone is competitive, they'll do about anything to crush the other in their major. It's sad to see this when it's post to be technically non-competitive. Some teachers barely assign work and make things extra hard so you always have to be on your toes or next thing you know you have a D or F in a class. A plus is that we can be entirely ourselves compared to other schools, we're more family-like than others. Freshman are usually looked down upon because they don't know how to show respect to the upper clansmen. High rank = higher respect. If everyone follows this you won't have issues with anyone.

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2012
As an alumnus of DA (Class of 2003), I feel that it is safe to say that this is one of the best schools in Duval County if not the state. The staff are impeccable and set such a high standard for success. Those who doubt the academic prowess of the school obviously did not attend DA. While the arts are the main focus, the academics could stand alone with every non-magnet program and most of the college prep magnet programs. The only class that was not taken seriously was PE and if you were a dance or theater major you had alternatives which were highly intensive. The music department at DA is phenomenal which has led to DA being named the Grammy school of the year multiple times and most recently in 2011. I hope that if I stay in Jacksonville my children will be accepted and add to the legacy that DA has built.

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2012
I'm a graduate from DA. I'm posting only to voice my opinion in response to negative reviews. We were challenged so much academically--were banned from performing artistically if our grades dropped. I got to work with Billy Collins himself, the two-time poet laureate of the United states, Franz Wright, a Pulitzer prize winner, and other prestigious writers under the Creative Writing program. Thanks to what I learned at DA I ended up graduating early with honors from my first-choice college on scholarship. I was always ahead of the class in even my advanced college classes (I took junior level classes in my first semester). I'm now an English teacher (at another school because there were no openings at DA) going into grad school, and I'm only 22. If anyone's child performs poorly academically, maybe the child isn't taking things as seriously as he should, because being a DA kid means you're devoted to everything it takes to be a top performer, including making good grades. There's a reason why DA has been one of the top schools in the United States for years.

- submitted by a community member
May 18, 2012
This school is academic poor and DOES NOT prepare your child for college. Following a dream is one thing but there is too much favoritism given to pet students who are friends of teachers, staff and long term students. New comers to school are treated like second hand citizens. Your child will leave dumb downed!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
I am a visual-art Sophmore at Douglas Anderson and I have to say that DA is a wonderful school in many aspects. My artisitic talent has greatly rose beyond what I would have ever expected, and its only my second year! The academics are good, and if you desire for academic classes you can also take online classes via FLVS. And yet another wonderful feature is the people there! There is hardly ever ANY drama, no fight, its a nice calm school. What DA offers has been way greater than any other school enviroment I've been in. If you're willing to put in the extra effort and maintain your grades, DA will be one of your best experiences.

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2011
I am a senior at Douglas Anderson and I recently auditioned for the Boston Conservatory through their regional audition in Miami, FL. The school sent the head of the Music department to record the auditions. When he looked at my forms, he said that he has heard a lot of great things about my school and was really impressed by what he heard from some of his colleagues. This is just one example of the reactions that I have seen when administrators at prospective colleges realize that I go to DA. My teachers have many connections in the music industry, opening many doors for students. I have even had the opportunity to perform in master classes with some of the top young artists in the world! Also, I will get the opportunity, along with many other students, to perform on Florida's State Thespians Mainstage in Tampa in our school's production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida! I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to go to DA for the past four years and I will miss it when I go to college. I will be a Music Education major in the fall, with a strong emphasis in performance. I can't wait to pass on what I have learned at DA to other young musicians!

- submitted by a teacher
November 11, 2010
I have had trouble with several former and current students of douglas anderson high school. Those who attend this school are doomed to fail at life.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
I transferred into Douglas Anderson last year as a sophomore, and I couldn't be more positive that I'm in an environment remarkably conducive to arts education as well as academic growth. My classmates have already toured around the world and received millions of dollars in scholarships. Compared to the impersonal preparatory magnets and the lackluster neighborhood schools in the district, DA is a diamond in the rough.

- submitted by a student
April 30, 2010
Just to let you know parents, as an alumni, I received $2000-$5000 in yearly scholarships from 3 different schools based on DA's reputation alone.

- submitted by a community member
December 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 10, 2009
My son attended the inaugural year this school was opened. He did very well at LaVilla and went on to Douglas Anderson HS. It is our hopes that while our daughter wasn't accepted this year due to the number of students that applied that we will hear from LaVilla in the next couple of months that a opening has occured. We feel like they gave our son a solid base to build on and focused on what was important for a teenager. We are very proud parents of 2 great children and plan to keep pushing them to be strong and work hard for what they get. This method hasn't failed us in our past. The most amazing talent comes from just a slight nudge in the right direction. The kids at LaVilla are incredibly talented. They amazed my wife and I the whole time our son attended.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
It is a creative and nurturing environment that places emphasis on both the arts and academics. My daughter has thrived in this environment and is well prepared for college next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
Douglas Anderson is absolutely not a stressful academic school. I was told I couldn't take advanced or AP classes because they wanted me to have more arts areas. The atmosphere is incredible, though. Kids are truly free to be themselves. But, if you're looking for a school that values academic performance, DA is not for you.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 17, 2009
I love that creative children have a place to express themselves and not feel out of place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 11, 2009
Douglas Anderson is an amazing school! The kids there very diverse and friendly as well as the teachers. The work can be intense sometimes, but you actually learn things unlike other schools. The arts areas at DA can even turn into a second family for some kids. If you are serious about your art then you should defiantly come to this school. You'll make great friends and get a superior education in academics and art.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 07, 2009
Douglas Anderson is not the best school to send your child. To begin with, instead of being about the buisness of makeing students happy and acheiving thier main goals in life, their main buissness is just being about mainly the money they can get for their school. thier main agenda is to give their students the nessecary tools to make the school(and mainly their principal jakie cournelius )look good. as a student I can truly say that their whole motive is keep getting money. for a student trying to get into school, they have thier students audition to be acepted into the school. in my opinion I don't think this is fair. the neighborhood students have to just acept the students as they are. but as for as for douglas anderson you can live right around the corner from the school and you still have to audition from thousands of students.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
This school needs sports and to promote physical education because with students being punished for playing basketball...... no. This school promotes an unhealthy lifestyle with stressful amounts of homework and a strictness that is downright depressing. Arts are more emphasized than academics. Children up north already are ahead of our kids. Not every student at DA will pursue their arts area and i think they should put more emphasis on academics. At the most, allow kids to take less arts and more academics. My daughter was denied a chance to take an extra science class because of her arts area. Overall, the teachers and students that make up the school are truly incredible, but the kids are sometimes pushed too hard. If you want your kids stressed out but completely ready for college by graduation; by all means DA is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2009
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January 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 05, 2008
to the people that look down at DA's educational value because we focus on arts areas, they must understand that in no way is it different than a sports program is to a regular school. if you make bad grades, you will be penalized from your dance recitals, or programs. also if one is to drop in grqade point average they put you in your home school. in no way is DA lacking in educational value.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
This school is the best high school of the arts in the country, as far as we are concerned. We were transferred to CA after my son's second year at DA. While his new school in CA was very good, it did not compare to the teaching and guidance given at DA. Our son audtitioned and was accepted into the UCLA Theatre program after high school. He attributes his acceptance into this highly ranked program to his teachers and curriculum in the DA Theatre department.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
Our daughter transferred her junior year from Paxon IB. What a breath of fresh air for her. She loves the AP classes and the Creative Writing department is amazing. DA gets an A in our book!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 17, 2008
I love my school to death! it has amazing arts and great academics.

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June 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 11, 2008
There are opportunities at every level for students at DA. If you still need your parents to hold your hand through the process at high school level, this school is not for you. There are many opportunities for the parents to be involved. My daughter will be a senior next year and I have been priviledged to attend the shows and events that rival the professionals. If you don't like DA, you are not taking advantage of all that it has to offer. My only regret is that German was not offered. However, my daughter has taken two years of Latin and the Creative Writing department is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 21, 2008
I am very pleased as the parent of a freshman in the writing department. The child takes five core academic classes and three classes in their art area. What a wonderful chance. Our daughter is very smart, but never excelled until DA. She is so motivated and extremly interested as she is being challanged in her arts area. There is no gifted program at DA but who needs one when Ap classes are offered and advanced placement. For the first tiime in her life, she relaly feels like she belongs in a school.l Plus she has friends of all races.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
I am very pleased with this school and my daughter loves it. Because she has been home schooled most of her life her father and I feared that it would be a rough transition for her, but it has turned out amazing. She has made many friends and she continues to excel at this school. DA gets an 'A' from this parent.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
I am very pleased with Douglas Anderson. My child looks forward to attending every day, and is eager to share experiences. The teachers are very dedicated and seem to be able to give pertinent information and direction to students. This school is for those who are interested in pursuing ARTS, not sports. For this I am very thankful. The students here have auditioned and excelled in academics before attending. This certainly weeds out students who are not dedicated to a particular arts field or academics. These factors create a safe and pleasant environment for learning to take place. I have been involved in private and public schools in the US. This is one of the finest schools I have ever observed.

- submitted by a teacher
October 02, 2007
Too much emphasis on arts and not enough on education. School does not encourage parent involvement unless it is fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
July 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
As one of thousands of proud parents who can attest, DA is an educational experience of the highest calibur. Graduates can honestly look back at their time there & know they have truly earned their diplomas.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
We moved here from out of State and are thrilled to have our daughter in DA. It was an easy transition to the south for her as everyone is extremely accepting of assumed differences. I say assumed because obviously, people are the same inside - no matter where you're from. She is doing wonderful in DA both academically and socially. The teachers are stimulating and encouraging. Although we feared the 90 minute periods, they turned out to be a great thing! Homework is kept at a minimum because they actually get to learn during class time. What a wonderful thing! Along with the State A rating, Douglas Anderson gets this parent's A rating too! Only thing that's lacking is useful parent meetings. Fundraisers and newsletters are nice but I think there should be more pertinent parent to parent info and parent involvement on a whole.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2006
Douglas Anderson is a public arts school which has been mistaken for a private school due to its programs. The neighboring magnet high schools and private schools focus only on their academics, while at DA, the student is required to keep a high GPA in arts and academics. At the same time, each arts area and subject has a good amount of wonderful, experienced professors that make projects extremely fun. All the hardwork is recognized by faculty and peers alike. To add, the students are treated more like adults rather than children, which allows them to become more comfortable with themselves earlier than other teenagers. It's truly an A school.

- submitted by a former student
July 15, 2006
Both of my children graduated from DA. I cannot say enough about what a wonderful opportunity DA gives to students. Academics are excellent (though necessarily narrow) and arts are wonderful. The self-discipline taught in the arts areas is extraordinary; the transition to college is much easier for most DA kids because of their arts area experience. Both of my children spent 35-45 hours aweek at school, and were happy to do it. A truly extraordinary school - because of the kids, as well as teachers and principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
This year was my freshman daughter's first year at D.A. This school is a perfect match for her or any student who excels in the arts areas. Obviously, DA is not for kids who desire to be a cheerleader or play sports.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2006
My son is learning alot in the Creative Writing program. My complaints would be the lack of other guys available as friends. The major is small (approx 30 per grade), and more girls than boys. My other complaint is the absentee rate of teachers, and the lack of assignments in their absence. He has watched numerous Disney movies with subs. But, he is doing well, likes his teachers, and seems safe and happy. He keeps his old friends from a prior school.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
I currently attend DA as a senior. Even though this is a public school, one must not forget that it is still an art school as well as a college prepatory school. If you're child is interested and able to perform in a certain art area, such as visual arts, theatre, technical theatre, film/tv, writing, dancing, piano, or any instrument, then maybe they can audition. About 48% of all auditioners are accepted. Something that will give your child a better advantage at auditioning is making sure they have good grades on their last report card they recieved at their current school. DA students must maintain higher than a 2.0 GPA to do anything at school. DA is a great school for talented, motivated people who are interested n practicing their art and going to college. DA also let's their students express themselves. Students also don't prosecute other students for being different.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2005
I'm a graduate and let me tell you from a student's perspective, attending Douglas Anderson was a wonderful experience. The teachers actually care, one never worries that their person will be harmed, you're challenged academically as well as in your chosen arts concentration. A bit more on safety, there may have been one fight my entire 4 years at this school, I think those involved were expelled. Also, I never felt apprehensive about leaving my purse and my (very expensive) instrument unattended in the instrumental department. My teachers were accesible and they even attended student performances. Now that I'm a university student I've decided to major in Business. The skills I learned at Douglas Anderson (more than academic) helped me land a multi-year PAID internship with a Fortune 250 company. A Douglas Anderson education is a pricelss gift and an opportunity few receive.

- submitted by a former student
no rating July 16, 2005
Academics are tough, coupled with tough arts classes, but I believe it really prepares them for a collegiate environment. Make sure your child is arts devoted because those are the courses you will be living with for four years. Great Booster program.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 01, 2004
My daughter attended DA 2002/2003. This may be a great school if your student is already an A+ student. Don't expect much if they are average or special needs. They have no idea how to help them. There idea is talented students have to be academic genius as well as talented in an art field. The problem with this idea is that talent may be the only talent God gave that person. This school will waste person and their talent for the sake of an overall A rating. Any school can have an A+ rating if they can throw out the students they don't know how to help. After the right help at my daughters home school she is up to grade level, making Bs and passed all but one part of the FCAT.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
Douglas Anderson is by far the best high school for all young artists. The education at this school will expand your child's knowledge and ability in their field and give them a great taste of what they'll expect in their future careers.

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
September 29, 2003
It's an amazing school with an equally amazing principal at the helm. The school provides our children with a rich education. I enjoy seeing the students grow into talented thinkers with an appreciation of others and their community. Bravo Douglas Anderson. Thank you for leading the way by providing our children with paths and strategies to deal with the bumps along the way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 11, 2003
My daughter was a past student of Douglass Anderson c/o 2002 and this school truly prepared her for college. She had excellent teachers with lots of passion and drive. The benefits paid off she is now a sohpomore in college pursuing a BA Degree in Fine Arts she has recevied several awards. She's on the Deans List, cast in several musicals at the college to include leading roles. D.A is truly a school where arts and academics meets and thanks D.A For preparing my daughter for college.

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Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts
2445 San Diego Road, Jacksonville, FL  32207
(904) 346-5620
Last modified Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top