DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts (DESA) is a visual and performing arts magnet school. After undergoing many changes in our composition over the years (three separate schools and then a school within a school), we became DESA in the fall of 2002. We are a Title I school and serve, on an average, 550 students in grades kindergarten to seventh.
 
Our curriculum includes core academic classes along with drama/theatre, dance, vocal and instrumental music, and visual arts. Students in grades K-3 take dance, drama, music, and visual arts classes weekly. Students in grades 4-7 select a major and a minor in dance, drama, vocal music, instrumental music, or visual arts. Students attend their major class three times a week and their minor class two times a week. Students in grades 1-7 must maintain a 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA) to maintain their enrollment at DESA.
 
Our school is part of the DeKalb County School District’s School Choice/Magnet Program. Our goal is to provide a high quality 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! All DESA grades 4-7 audition applicants must:
1) Have a 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA), 2) apply through the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) School Choice Open Enrollment process (www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/school-choice), 3) complete the DESA Audition Application, and 4) complete the Audition Process.
 
Students entering into grades 2-3 must:
1) Have a 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA), 2) apply through the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) School Choice Open Enrollment process, and 3) be admitted through the DCSD School Choice Lottery process.
Students entering into grades K -1 must:
1) Apply through the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) School Choice Open Enrollment process and 2) be admitted through the DCSD School Choice Lottery process.


 
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