Time to see if you can win a seat at DSA!

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Good News! It’s once again time to spin the roulette wheel in DeKalb! The DeKalb School of the Arts is taking applications! May Lady Luck be on your side – If you win, you may want to follow up with a trip to Vegas! Read On >>>

Applications now available for DeKalb School of the Arts’ 2015-2016 school year

DEKALB COUNTY, GA, December 30, 2014 – by The Post – Applications are now available for DeKalb School of the Arts’ (DSA) 2015-2016 school year. Serving students in grade 8-12, DSA is one of several school choice programs in the DeKalb County School District.

DSA provides each student with a comprehensive education inclusive of special knowledge and experience in the arts and develops the discipline, appreciation and achievement necessary for student’s academic, professional and personal goals.

In addition to a full complement of academic subjects, students are offered drama, dance, vocal and instrumental music, visual arts, video technology, creative writing, multimedia and design & production. A large number of students participate in the gifted, advanced, and advanced placement programs of study.

Deadline for application is February 6, 2015, 2 p.m. Open house information sessions are scheduled for January 10, 17, and 24 at 10 a.m. and January 13, 20, and 27 at 6 p.m.

All DSA application materials must be submitted directly to the school.

DSA is recognized statewide and nationally as a top performing school. Newsweek Magazine ranks DSA #145 in Top High Schools and #27 nationally for magnet schools. Georgia’s 2013 CCRPI ranked DSA as the #5 high school in the state.

In order to apply, families must be residents of DCSD attendance areas and meet minimum grade requirements.

For the complete application and requirements, visit http://www.dsa.dekalb.k12.ga.us. For more information on all of the district’s school choice programs, visit http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us.

DeKalb School of the Arts is located at 1192 Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA, 30002. Main phone number is 678-676-2502.

For application information and questions, please contact Mrs. Susan M. McCauley, Principal (susan_m_mccauley@dekalbschoolsga.org).

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6 Responses to Time to see if you can win a seat at DSA!

  1. Mary says:

    You seem to be implying that admission to DSA is a matter of luck. Unlike magnet schools that rely on a lottery to determine their student body, DSA applicants must audition in two different areas. While the audition process isn’t perfect, it does mean that the student effort, preparation and talent make a difference. With schools such as Kitteredge and Wadsworth, all students who meet the minimal standard have the same odds of admission – the student who barely meets the standard is treated in the same fashion as the student who far exceeds it. There is no expectation that the most qualified students are the ones who are admitted.

    Is luck involved for DSA applicants? Sure. Some students are lucky enough to have had strong music or art programs in elementary school and middle school. Some students are lucky enough to have families that can afford to send them to dance or acting class. But there is no “spin the roulette wheel” of admissions when a student steps on stage for an audition.

  2. Kim says:

    Very valid distinction and more on point on the High Achievers lottery.

  3. Didn’t mean to imply anything. The ‘luck’ is the ability to actually get a good education in DeKalb. DeKalb does a decent job of educating students who are smart, talented and usually come from supportive home environments (not exactly a difficult task). DSA only has about 300 students – from 8th-12th grades. Core class sizes are anywhere from 8-15 per class. THAT is lucky! Other high schools and their students and teachers have to suffer with class sizes of 30 and above (often held in trailers). And the outcomes are not good for the most part. Unless you focus on the AP or Gifted classrooms. Out of the 21 high schools in DeKalb, there really is a handful capable of providing a quality education to most students within the walls of the school. Witness the poor graduation rates and the high need for support services for those who attend college. You are definitely lucky if you get to attend one of these special programs – in fact, these programs are the only DeKalb schools that make any kind of ‘list’ of quality schools in the state anymore. DSA offers an educational setting that ALL students in DeKalb are entitled to. DSA could function as a program within a larger school, and share teachers for core classes, however, they do not. They enjoy their own building and their own staff – at a very high cost per pupil as compared to other schools. Almost akin to a private school! Yes, that is definitely lucky.

    (The last data provided to us via ORR, on per pupil cost was in 2009-10. That year, DSA cost $11,612 per pupil. Compare that to Tucker at $7,832.04, Chamblee at $8,021.73, Stone Mountain at $8,819.23, Stephenson at $7,858.37, Lakeside at $7,834.76, Lithonia at $8,993.91, Dunwoody at $7,773.66, etc. We have asked for updated per pupil costs, but to date, our requests have either been ignored, or sent back with a demand for an outrageous sum of money to provide the data.)

  4. Below is an example of just how successful young people can be if given the proper training and tools to work in a trade and make enough money to provide for a family >>

    The $140,000-a-year welding job
    Two-year degree and special skills pay off for a young Texan
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/140-000-welding-job-193900082.html

    HOUSTON—Justin Friend’s parents have doctoral degrees and have worked as university lecturers and researchers. So Mr. Friend might have been expected to head for a university after graduating from high school in Bryan, Texas, five years ago.

    Instead, he attended Texas State Technical College in Waco, and received a two-year degree in welding. In 2013, his first full year as a welder, his income was about $130,000, more than triple the average annual wages for welders in the U.S. In 2014, Mr. Friend’s income rose to about $140,000.

    That has allowed the 24-year-old to buy a $53,000 Ford F-250 pickup truck, invest in mutual funds and dabble in his hobbies, such as making jet engines, including one he attached to a golf cart.

    We have very few opportunities to train our students to be work/career/tech school ready. This is a very important task the school system and state should be focusing on – the high school to tech school track.

  5. DeKalb Observer says:

    DSA teachers ain’t all that. This is photo of the DSA math Dept Chair from 2000:
    http://www.georgia-mugshot-search.com/Counties/Dekalb-County/Raymond-Kennerly-Pillow.9592627.html

    So much for background checks.

  6. KnickKnack says:

    Does anyone know the best way to prepare a student for the auditions? What caliber of student performance are they looking for? I just want to know any feedback from someone who has gone through the audition process successfully and would like to know how much they scrutinize the student performances during the auditions.

    Thanks

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