Students enrolled 610
Hours 8:05 PM - 3:20 PM
School leader Principal Robert Harvey
Transportation options None
District Detroit Public Schools

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123 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201

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4 stars
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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 performing high school. Applications are accepted on an ongoing bases.

- submitted by a teacher
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 performances and more. This is a true college prep school. Its a safe environment. This is a school to consider!!!

- 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 talking with people such as Max Fisher, and other "movers and shakers" to get the process of building a school so that students that were creative, talented , scholarly, and interested in working towards excellence would be able to achieve their respective goals. Inasmuch as she did this, to vilify the school, the curriculum, and the staff is too much. As a former educator in the DPS, I fully understand and recognize the fact that there are problems in many schools, whether they are DPS schools or schools throughout this country. Dr. Cotton has exhibited the right attitude, the steadfastness to work for the betterment of all students that enter the doors of DSA.She is one person. She wore many hats, some of them were very "Hard hats." I strongly suggest that instead of spewing hatefulness,, .rollup your sleeves, go to the school, volunteer, tutor ,, spend some time there.

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2011
DSA is a Detroit Public School, need I say any more. I removed my child because I didn't feel she was safe. I felt the staff cared more about the new building than the lives of the students. Sure the school had security and metal detectors but they were inefficient. There was a high turnover of teachers and subs. They did a good job getting students into college but many are unprepared. They have great ideas but poor implementation. Removing my child was the best decision I've ever made regarding her education. Compared to other DPS schools it's better than average but compared to other Michigan schools, DSA is substandard.

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2010
i hear that, they dont have anything to gather. the office was a mess, and because they kept loosing the assignments the students did, they were just giving them bad grades

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March 02, 2010
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December 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
Iam a student of Detroit School of Arts ''DSA'' and iam very impressed with school. At first I was going to Cass Tech. but than I heard about DSA. So i had to choose and DSA won. Overall i have love this school.

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November 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 03, 2009
College prep with a fine arts/ performing arts specialty. The radio/ TV and Arts major are awesome

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 30, 2009
When I went to DSA, I was educated the right way! The evening of fine arts 2009, really showed Detroit that DSA is the place to be for the arts!

- submitted by a community member
March 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
As a former student of dsa I am proud to say that I recieved an acceptable education from this school. DSA's academic and arts programs will prepare you for the real world, now watch this if you let it. Most of the time we determine an evaluation based upon what someone or something can do for us, when in fact the only way to sucess is U, sucess can only occur with U. So you might blame things on teachers, principals,and programs but unless U take sucess into your own hands you will never see a sucessful future. So as a pastor, an entrepenuer and a husband and father I am proud to be an achiever! I am proud to be DPS!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 23, 2008
The band classes that I have seen and heard are awesome. The new band director works very hard. It's hard to replace Mr. Quick, but Mr. Malabed came in and rolled with what he had. Mr. Malabed in district MSBOA festivals received both superior ratings for both groups at the district and state level. He also mangaged to find band scholarships for all of his seniors to go to school. In all, his seniors raised well over $700,000 in scholarship money to attend various universities around the country. Keep doing great work and don't forget about my daughter's class of 2008.

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July 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 16, 2008
the school dose not have a strong curriculum

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2008
DSA is not only a Performing Arts School, it has a top academic core curriculum that not only challenges your child, but prepares them for the rigors of a University education. It is currently in the process of approval for an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, proving again that Detroit students have the talent, aptitude and attitude necessary to compete with the best schools in the state. If you want your child to excel and become a well rounded individual with a global perspective this is the educational setting that you are looking for.

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April 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
it's the Greastest school in the area mostly because of their exellent art classes like band, dance, vocal, etc.

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April 18, 2008
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April 08, 2008
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March 27, 2008
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February 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 26, 2007
The school itself is a fantastic school for those who are pursuing Computer Graphics, Dance, Orchestra, Spanish(as the main forgein language), and the Communication Media Arts part of the school is extravagant. Its amazing how much money that put into the program. Not to metion the vocal department. They are phenomenally talented.

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October 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 10, 2007
DSA, is one of the best school's in Detroit. We have excellent arts' programs. we have excellent curriculum leaders and an excellent academic program. I have nothing to be ashamed about. Yes we have problems, like any other public school, but we don't just dawn on it, we act on it. Dr.Cotton had a vision, and that vision has came to pass, it is because of her and in saying that I am proud to be an achiever...go white a gold Woohoo!

- submitted by a student
September 12, 2007
DSA is one of the best schools I could have ever been in.I end up messing it up by not being focused and my moms sent me to an all girls school..and I wanted to cry ym eyes out..they have excellent teachers,wonderful lunch..omg those boscos sticks are awesome..and the chicken,the building is nice and clean..the bathrooms arent atrociuos,and there things like spring concerts are wonderful!, the only thing I do not like is a I dont see Dr.cotton to much and they got rid of a couple good teachers and curriculums.but besides that I loved it..and I'm most def will transfer back if can. Gold & White woohoo!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 06, 2007
Dsa gives talented hard working students the opportunities to work with various well known artist. These students are being taught in a state of the art school. they will never have the opportunity to be educated in the arts like this for free. DSA is not perfect no school is but it is a city jewel.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
First of all, I would like say that those who 'think' DSA is an unfit school your totally wrong. The curriculum, staff, and students are wonderful. It is up to you to take it upon yourself to succeed and achieve your personal goals, do not blame DSA for your lack of work ethic. If I'm not mistaken DSA is one of the top five schools in Detroit. If you see some of the students preformances your mind will be blown. I'm a Sakwa kid and I know for a fact that her children are some of the best you can find. Although, on the terms of organization I do agree that it could be perfected but, every school has its problems. DSA is the perfect school for some who wants to learn and has artistic abilities. 'It's a bad school yeah sure and your a good student'!

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July 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2007
I really like this school.this is the type of school the strives to set and accomplish students personal academics and artistic goals with inhance their characters intellect in talent.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2007
The school is very unorganized. Traffic in the area is very congested, because it is located on a main street. Also, some of the curriculum, such as Algebra is excellent, but not all of the school's curriculum. The principle or assistant principle is not actively involved in this school

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
August 12, 2006
My school has an amazing academic programs, there is not a day that does by were we dont learn anything in our core classes, i totally disagree with everything bad that has been mentioned. Of course at times we don't have order but yes its because the school is new to the building, its no excuse at all. Our music programs are excelling i.e. band and vocal, our studios will be up and running for the fall. Visual and graphic arts have wonderful classes and some were featured at DIA. And yes with other majors there are some kinks but they are being worked out, the building is still under construction, it safe though. Our parents (especially those of band and vocal majors) help all the time in the lunchroom, classrooms, the school store, office, everywhere they are very supportive. So I encourage you to give my school a change.

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2006
This will be the most honest response you need to help you decide what to do. DSA has its problems like most Detroit Public Schools. The Principle is great. Her vision for a school of Arts is a wonderful Idea. If she could only get the Schools system to teach creative. Most of your creative students learn by doing and seeing. But are being taught analytically. She also has the district to deal with. She needs Teachers not subs. I happen to be a parent that has been involved and yes we do care about the Kids and the schools. Parents be behind your kids see to it that the are doing what they need to do. Help them and get them help the school is doing all it can. DSA had to be a good school because my child wouldn't be there if it weren't. MRS C

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
As an alumnus of DSA, I find it very sad to hear people give such negative comments about the school. When critiquing a school, one must consider the environment and circumstances of the school. Meaning, for DSA to be a Detroit Public School with little funding, it is quite exceptional! If a parent has the ability to send their child to a private or suburban school, I would strongly encourage it because NONE of the Detroit Public Schools are adequately providing the students with a proper education. However, if you are a parent that does not have the finances to pay for your child to go to a private school or transport them to a suburban school, as most of Detroit's parents are, then DSA is an excellent pick. It is a smaller school with passionate students and teachers that are very encouraging! Im VERY proud to be an alumnus :)

- submitted by a former student
April 25, 2006
The person who said they do not take a bookbag to school must have a poor attendance problem. The school work is rigorous and challenging! Teachers like Ms. Edmunds, Ms. Moultrie, Ms. Peeples keep me up all night working on AP classes and Calculus! I love it!

- submitted by a student
April 25, 2006
Detroit School of Arts is a great school. If a student is serious, there are wonderful opportunities for them. The teachers are dedicated and committed. Parents do care at DSA and most students care as well. There are a few bad apples that ruin it for the majority.

- submitted by a student
March 09, 2006
I, also have to agree that DSA is a horrible school. It is very unorganized, I mean at first they had that whole 'the school is new' excuse but as far as a lot of things such as the school store and even some of the new majors- they havent even started up these things. And they let a bunch of unmotivated- untalented people into the school. Dont get me wrong I love my TV & Radio teacher- Mrs. Sakwa. But other than that... lets just say I wont be back for 10th grade.

- submitted by a student
February 01, 2006
Hello to all of the parents that are reading this, DSA is a good School for you child if he or she haas talent or is trying to become something in life. Please note that i am a student at DSA and eventhough some teacher are unfair, your child must be able to deal with them before he or she can go in to the world. I Love DSA because not only will my art (DANCE) get me far in life so will the lesson that the Scholl has taught me. -Tiasha Horton Feb 1, 2006 11th Grader

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2006
I totally disagree with the reviews posted about DSA. I am currntly a student @ DSA highschool and this highschool is terible. Athough the performing arts are okay the school is very, very unorgnized and has lost many students and academically is terrible. This school does not teach anything, I dont even bring a backpack to school anymore, because we learn nothing. It doesnt have teachers, and most teachers are not certified. The teachers are there to make you fail, although you can get a scholarship you will go to college with no previous knowledge. I dont reccomend this school at all, and I urge you not to let your child go there.

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2006
Dear local parents of Detroit MI, DSAis a great school. Thousands of talented kids go there. The cateregory rage from vocal, orchestra, band, visual arts, journalism, dance,and art. So come check us out, and we'll check you in!

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2005
Wonderful new 125 million dollar facility with the state of the Art equipment and technology. The school has six floors and of course it new and emaculent. This is my child's first year teacher involvement and enthusiam has really impressed me. The school offeres band, drama, dance, art-forensic science, and communication.

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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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Detroit School of Arts
123 Selden St, Detroit, MI  48201
(313) 494-6000
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.
Detroit School of Arts Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top