August 18, 2015
Douglas Anderson is an amazing school. It's constantly updating, expanding, and improving. Students are challenged in BOTH the academics and the arts. The teachers are supportive and care a lot about their students. Most people believe this school is just for the arts. Well, it is an arts school; however, DA is very focused on academics. Academic classes are challenging. Anyway, colleges like kids that go to an arts school, better than kids that go to regular schools (because they tend to be more well-rounded). A Douglas Anderson student with a 4.6 weighted GPA applied to Duke University (an outstanding medical school in North Carolina). A Stanton (a more academically-focused school in Jacksonville) student also applied to Duke with a 4.9 weighted GPA. While the Stanton student was denied acceptance to Duke, the Douglas Anderson student was accepted into the school with a full ride (she didn't have to pay any tuition).
If you want to pursue the arts after college (which a little under half of graduates actually do), DA is probably the best choice. Many who go to school here end up on Broadway or in a band (notable bands that had Douglas Anderson students in them are Yellowcard, Limp Bizkit, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus). Our vocal department has won a Grammy. Our cinematic arts department has many students that participate in the Jacksonville Film Festival. We have our own student newspaper, run by our creative writing department. Our Jazz ensemble group won first place in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York. The jazz band was also featured in an award-winning documentary called "Chops". Here at DA, we do sometimes compete (within our arts areas, against other schools), but it's not excessively. Faculty actually keep it to a bare minimum, so that students don't miss class often. I, honestly, love DA. i couldn't have gone anywhere else for high school. The people are so nice, students included. I have never seen any bulling (or fights) going on. At all. We all pretty much respect each other. There isn't very much of a status quota either. DA is a great school. I am a better person, and a happier person, than I was coming here.
- submitted by a student