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Durham School Of The Arts

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Posted 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


Posted 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 =)
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 2, 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

In this school the staff have a really bad attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

204 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students54%
Female56%
Male51%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students57%
Limited English proficiency14%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically gifted89%

Reading

All Students64%
Female68%
Male59%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students67%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Academically gifted92%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students50%
Female50%
Male49%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students55%
Limited English proficiency18%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Academically gifted82%

Reading

All Students65%
Female67%
Male63%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities25%
Non-disabled students71%
Limited English proficiency29%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Academically gifted88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students39%
Female37%
Male42%
Black23%
Asian50%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students43%
Limited English proficiency8%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically gifted77%

Reading

All Students54%
Female54%
Male56%
Black40%
Asian80%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students60%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically gifted90%

Science

All Students67%
Female67%
Male67%
Black53%
Asian90%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students74%
Limited English proficiency31%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

167 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2012.

251 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

211 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

272 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

15 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

179 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
>95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students42%
Female37%
Male49%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students45%
Limited English proficiency24%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
Academically gifted84%

Biology

All Students72%
Female70%
Male76%
Black54%
Asian82%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial83%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities27%
Non-disabled students75%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Academically gifted90%

English II

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Black66%
Asian-95%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White-95%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students83%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 39% 26%
White 34% 52%
Hispanic 18% 14%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • David Hawks
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (919) 560-2217

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Gym
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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