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DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts (DESA)

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At DESA Our goal is to provide a high quality, kindergarten through eighth grade, education by integrating the core academics and the arts.  The DESA faculty and staff are committed to partnering with parents for the academic success of all students!  We have an excellent staff of qualified core academic and art educators.  The curriculum includes core academic classes along with drama/theatre, dance, vocal and instrumental music, and visual arts courses. Our students must develop and maintain a strong academic and performing artist work ethic to balance academic and performing arts course work requirements. They must also focus on consistently being organized, completing, and submitting all assignments, and managing their time during and outside of the school day.  

Students in grades: K-3 take dance, drama/theatre, general music, and visual arts classes weekly.  Students in grades 4-8 are evaluated and their evaluation score determines which arts course(s) they are enrolled in; dance, drama/theatre, vocal music, instrumental music (band or orchestra), or visual arts. Students in grades 4-6 are enrolled in two arts courses. Students in grades 7 and 8 are enrolled in one arts course. Enrollment continues through 8th grade if performance expectations are met each year. Students in grades 1-8 must maintain a 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA) and satisfactory behavior to maintain their enrollment at DESA.

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Important: All applicants must complete the DCSD School Choice application prior to completing our audition application. Click the link below to access the School Choice website & to complete the School Choice application (be sure to click the 3 lines in the upper right-hand corner of the website to expand the webpage)

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Phone 678-874-1302
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