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.
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 =)
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
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.
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.
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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