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Durham, NC
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401 North Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701

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August 17, 2014
Hard to be much better. My daughter graduated from DSA year before last and finished her first year at Berklee College o Music with nothing but praise. My son is now in the eighth grade and had his first B wait C last year. He was a straight A student prior. The classes are not cake. We feel very lucky to have had both our children attend DSA.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2013
We are a new family at DSA (High School), we've come from 9 years of attending a small private school. This has been a perfect transition for our family and our daughter. Although this school is very large it has a very intimate feel. The teachers are young and energetic, they have been excellent. The campus is unique & inviting. There has not been any bullying and the overall student population has been friendly. It's a fantastic mix of individuals. I still can't believe we are not paying for this!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
A lot of people I know have applied to this school, but very few got in. As it is a a performing arts school in all. But however, I'm pretty upset with the staff quality. If you decide to message the principal (in which I did) it took EXACTLY four months for a reply. And it was just around three sentences. I'm also shocked that this school is one point below from my school. (Mine is an 8). Kids there are always talking about DSA but now, I'm not so sure if this is my school. No, I do not attend but I wanted to. I realize that this school should just stick to actors and I'll stick to science.

- submitted by a community member
March 16, 2013
Durham School of the Arts is one of a kind. It has exceptional teachers, exceptional guidance and staff and a amazing principal. The dedication of all of these helped us through some difficult times. The academics and arts programs are a treasure!

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2012
This school has many good things to offer it's students. Most of the teachers and programs at this school are very good, but I am sorry to say that the front office staff at this school is the rudest I have ever delt with at any school before. The ladies at this school's front office answer the phone with bad attitudes and are very reluctant to help parents and other visitors in that enter the front office. The older lady that works in the front office with the all white, short hair, (she does attendance for DSA) is down right Hateful to some visitors in the front office, for no reason. She is comfortable with her job and feels she should be able to talk to the schools visitors with disrespect. This woman should be fired or at least moved to the back office so no one has the misfortune of dealing with her again. I'm surprised a school with so much to offer would have front office staff that acts so unprofessional all the time. The principal or someone at the school board needs to retrain or replace the DSA front office staff quick! If this office staff's rudeness continues, the parents will eventually file a complaint with the school board.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
Pure luck that my son got in to DSA. His life has turned a page. He started at DSA in the 6th and now he is a 8th grader. He starts to enjoy Shakespeare, creative writing, music and art. I have to say that seeing my son's growth and changes in just a little bit than 2 yrs of time at DSA, not only has he kept all straight A in all subjects, two of subjects he has been in are AIG program. He has worked with tremendous teachers throughout the last 3 years ( we love his current teachers too) in every subject. we just being grateful everyday and hope that our little one could get in too!!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2010
My daughter started @ DSA in the 6th grade and will be a senior this year. It has been a positive experience overall and my daughter has really enjoyed the diversity and opportunities that DSA has provided. My only complaint - this is not the usual neighborhood school so it seems difficult to get parental involvement & assistance in the various groups (PTSA, Boosters, etc). It often seems to be the same handful of parents volunteering @ functions. If your child goes to DSA - please jump in & help make this school even greater than it already is.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
This school fosters an atmosphere of respect, academic achievement and tolerance that I have not seen at any other high school. Students learn through arts based and project based ideologies that nurture the students who struggle and allow the strong students to shine. The teachers provide different types of activities that appeal to the different intelligences of students so that they all have a chance to be successful and the arts portion of the curriculum is fabulous.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Culture of respect coupled with academic excellence. DSA's arts-based curriculum gives kids the opportunity to expand their horizons. My children both want to be scientists but an arts education is also helping them to think outside the box.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
When many public school systems have abandoned the arts, we are blessed to have a public school devoted to the arts.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 03, 2009
Great school, graduates real artists.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Great teachers, great kids. Academics, sports and the arts. The perfect school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
My daughter Zoe graduated there and went on to study studio art in college--it totally sparked her interest in the arts.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
DSA provides a great learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
It gives middle school students a chance to take high school level courses and has good choral and drama departments and no football team.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
DSA provides a great learning environment with many opportunities for both middle and high school aged students. In addition to the many art-related extracurricular activities there are also sports, civic clubs, and other special interest clubs. Students are challenged and the teachers care about their students. The school has about 1400 students between 7 grades - that's only 200 per grade level - much smaller than most middle schools and definitely much smaller than the area high schools. There is a reason they get over 1600 applications each year for only 300 spots!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2009
The teachers are lazy and sorry they work only for a check it's sad what the system allow too teach our kids when i went too schools about 20 yrs ago the school systems didin't have anythign and they manage to get by and teach but i guess going to school in the country will always be better than going in the city i wish i never would have moved too the city

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
ive had a son at DSA for several years now. We are so lucky, this school offers so much and the principal is very responsive to parents as are the teachers. The staff and guidance should be reschooled, however, in civility.dont hold this against the rest of the school though!

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February 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2007
This is a great school. I loved it when I was there.

- submitted by a former student
January 01, 2007
The school has entered a new age is making tremendous growth! You will love the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2006
Both our children have had the great luck of the draw to be chosen in the lottery to attend DSA. And they have taken full advantage. My son's pathway to graduation is 'Guitar'. What other school offers that? He is also in the Science and Math clubs. Daughter is graduating this year. Her pathway is Theatre. Both are taking the hardest classes offered, (Honors and AP) and continue to excel. What great teachers !! At the start of semesters, it is always exciting to see who their teacher will be. They all have different styles, but usually are open and receptive to teaching outside the box. I believe the incidence rate of fights, disruptions, is the lowest of all other Durham Highschools. My kids feel safe. We're glad they are there.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
I'm a student at DSA, and I have been for 6 years (going on 7) It is the most amazing place in the world and I love it to death. THe teachers are wonderful, the staff can be rude but they do their job well, and the kids who go there are more open minding and accepting than any other Durham Public School. Going to DSA has truly affected my life in so many ways, and I am so thankful I got the oppurtunity to go there. Anyone who speaks badly of DSA, must not have a kid who wants to be there, because any child enthusastic about the arts should love DSA as much as I do. Thats I have to say =)

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June 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
This school is one of the best my child has went to , the teachers are great , the student are not of much trouble and My child has gotten into a really good college , My child loves this school and so do I , Its better then my childs disrtict school Hillside , she has gotten a better education , Thank you DSA

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2005
I have had a child attending DSA for 4 years and I believe that the school is beginning to see positive leadership with the new principal. The expectaions are high and the number and quality of extra curricular activities are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2005
my daughter has been a student at DSA for 3 year now. So far her teachers have been outstanding. When I have tried to reach any of them they have returned my calls in a timely manner. And, is always willing to help me with my daughter so she can do the best she can in school. However, the staff members in the administrative office I can not speak highly of. Alot of times the women are rude and not very helpful and have a bad attitude. No one greets you when you walk in the office nor are they polite when answering the phones. I have noticed someone else has mentioned in this website so i wanted to share my feelings to.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2004
I understand a lot of the students in the school does not have a a lot of support from within the household, however when a student does have a support system that is trying to help her and reaching out to the teachers and school system for assistance in helping this child, you get a big run around. I have been trying for 3 months to get a little girl I mentor an education evaluation to assess her education level. I have expressed to the guidance counselor my concerns of a learning disability and would like the child evaluated, and I am being told the school does provide these servics. When I spoke with a woman who works with students w/ learning disabilities she informed me the school board establishes a board annually, and a lot of parents are having a hard time getting the school to help.

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June 15, 2004
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May 12, 2004
In this school the staff have a really bad attitude.

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February 08, 2004
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January 16, 2004
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October 01, 2003
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Durham School Of The Arts
401 North Duke Street, Durham, NC  27701
(919) 560-3926
Last modified Durham School Of The Arts is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Durham School Of The Arts Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top