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School leader:  Principal Robert Harvey
123 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201

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  • Before / After care
  • Dress policy
    Uniforms, Dress code
  • Transportation
    None, Buses / vans provided for students


  • Arts
    Instrumental and theory music lessons
  • World languages
    Spanish, Arabic
  • Sports
    Basketball, Volleyball
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Submitted by a student · January 08, 2017
I've been at DSA for three years now and I honestly couldn't see myself going to any other high school. It's like home. The majors have very great and professional teachers that will get you where you want to go and all the staff care and love... more

Submitted by a teacher · August 03, 2014
Detroit School of Arts is one of the best kept secrets in the state of Michigan. The students are motivated , focused and ready to learn. I appreciate having a school community that is about the business of education. An excellent choice of a high... more

Submitted by a community member · August 26, 2013
This school is amazing. When choosing a school you have to consider DSA. The test scores are amazing and teachers are why. They do their best with the students. They take their time to prepare for test and more. The school have a amazing... more

Submitted by a community member · September 29, 2011
I read each of the reviews that was submitted, and ended up saddened and appalled by some of the responses from the parents and the students. Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, the founder of DSA had a vision in which she was able to bring to fruition by... more

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DETROIT SCHOOL OF ARTS DSA 10 YEAR FACT SHEET (BRIEF LISTING) Established in 1992 by Founder and Principal, Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton • Blue Ribbon School Award 2004 • Kennedy Center Creative Ticket National Arts School of Distinction Award • Over One Hundred Twelve Million Dollars ($150,000,000.00) in Academic/Arts (documented) Scholarships/Grants (NineGraduating Classes , from first Class in 1996 to 2007) • Graduating Classes Received Acceptance and scholarships/grants to College • Averages 97 % Retention Rate, students entering 9th grade remaining at DSA 4 yrs. (3% transferred to other DPS Schools, private schools or out of state.) • Averages 98% Student Attendance Rate • DSA Featured in Metropolitan Detroit’s HOUR Monthly Magazine as The 300 Best • Nationally Board Certified Teachers and National Surdna Fellow at DSA • Internationally renowned recording & movie artist, Aaliyah (deceased) graduated from DSA • DSA students featured in a National WalMart commercial (National search) • DSA Student Featured in Nationally Televised Coca Cola Commercial • DSA Averages 85% Michigan Summer Institute Awardees • DSA Band invited to perform three times at the Prestigious Carnegie Hall in NY • DSA Band invited to perform in London, England • Four-Time State Champion Forensics Team, the only urban public school • DSA broke the State Forensics record receiving 1st Place State Awards • Student art work annually represented in Michigan Art Education Scholastic Exhibit • (Annual)Rosa Parks Scholarship Finalists • (Annual) National Society of Black Engineers National Student of the Year • (Annual)Coleman A. Young Scholarship Finalists and Semi-Finalists • (Annual) Grand Prizes and First Place Metropolitan Science Fair Winners • Formed Partnership with Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1996 • Featured Performers in the Arts throughout the City, State, Nation, and North America • MSBOA and MSVMA First Division Ratings: State, Local, District Levels • Michigan Thanksgiving Day Parade Participants four consecutive years • 1st Place North American Vocal Competition • Urban Solutions Scholarships and 3M Bill Board Visual Arts Winners • National Youth Symphony Participant (Donald Williams) • (Annual) Student artwork displayed at Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) • 2nd Place National Crescent City Music Festival Winners • DSA is among few active Michigan memberships to the National Art Honor Society. • (Annual) NAACP ACT-SO finalists • (Annual) Detroit Edison Science Fair Winners • (Annual) Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit Science Awards • Wade McCree Scholars, Michigan Competitive Merit Scholars, Michigan Merit Scholars, Bill Gates Scholar • Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, Milken National Educator Award Recipient • Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, Congressional Record Recognition 106th Congress • Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, Distinguished Alumni Alabama State University • Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, Crain’s Forty Under Forty Award Recipient • Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton Humanitarian Award, Black Family Development, Inc. • Creator and Sponsor of Artsplosion!, Annual Arts Day for Students During the nine-hour school day, students follow a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with an intensive study in the arts. As a result, DSA students regularly earn top awards and recognitions in local, state, national and international arts competitions. The curriculum is balanced and includes pre-professional studies in music, dance, drama/theater, speech, and visual arts. As a stimulus for young people to advance their knowledge in all areas, DSA provides an exigent school program requiring students to take classes that result in 325 credit hours upon graduation. Students have worked with nationally acclaimed entertainers like Gregory Hines and Aretha Franklin. They have been First Place State winners in premier dance competitions, performed three times at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York and performed at the British Association of Symphonic and Wind Ensemble Conference in Manchester, England. They were the only American group to ever participate in this conference. DSA has a strong communication arts component. In four consecutive years, the DSA Forensics team held State of Michigan Championship honors. Also, the DSA Forensics team is a 4-time State winning team, breaking astounding individual first place awards in specific categories. The school is the ONLY Detroit Public School and the ONLY African American school to participate in this intellectually challenging league. The team has been featured in the Detroit Free Press. Student artwork is annually displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Vocal students received 1st Place Honors in the North American Choral Festival in Toronto, Canada. Among a few active Michigan memberships to the National Art Honor Society, DSA’s art curriculum is one of the most comprehensive and the ONLY Detroit Public School offering sculpture, fibers, and portfolio preparation. It is one of two Detroit schools with a history and fashion illustration component. Each student enjoys the benefits of achieving excellence in the arts and promoting the arts through community service. One prime example is a summer project from which students wrote and received a grant to dramatize the negative effects of tobacco use. The students researched, wrote and performed plays throughout the city before audiences of young people. Also, Ford Motor Company called upon DSA’s students to research marketing techniques and perform in a video to help launch their new vehicle, the Ford Focus. The entire school participated. Another example of community service is evident in the arts mentoring to middle and elementary school students. Serving as peer leaders, DSA instrumental students work closely with young musicians to help them become proficient and show mastery on their instrument. Students also participate in several vocal groups- - Visions, Glee Club, Concert Choirs, Mixed Ensembles, etc. Their mission is to strengthen spiritual and cultural bonds with other students. Fulfilling performance engagements throughout the city and state, students also participate in a student-managed marching band in which they compete and are awarded placement in the Annual Michigan Thanksgiving Parade and the Windsor Parade. Smaller performing groups are formed to service the community. For example, the String Quartet often performs for social events hosted by charitable and community-based organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Ford Foundation, and a host of social, civic and political gatherings. Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts (DSA) was founded in 1992 by Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton. The school received the Kennedy Center Creative Ticket National Arts School of Distinction Award for the 2002 -2003 school year. Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton is a nationally recognized Milken educator. Detroit School of Arts (DSA) A Kennedy Center Creative Ticket National Arts School of Distinction

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Last modified: January 8, 2017
Last modified Detroit School of Arts is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.