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DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts

Dekalb County Schools

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Upcoming Events

Feb 9

Parent Teacher Conferences

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Feb 11

DESA Auditions New Students (grades 4-8)

Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm
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Feb 15

DESA Auditions (new students grades 4-8)

February 15th, 16th, & 28th
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Feb 17

Independent Learner Day

Students DO NOT report to School
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Feb 20

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President's Day
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Feb 22

Art Gallery Night Grades 6-8

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Latest News

Welcome to DESA from Principal Bianca Hamilton
Welcome to DESA from Principal Bianca Ham...
Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year! We know you will LOVE DESA as much as do!
Click "About Us" on the left to explore more on our website

Audition, Tour, & Other Information
Audition, Tour, & Other Information
We are a K-8 Special Interest Magnet School. All students participate in the arts (dance, drama, music, & visual arts).

DCSD 2023-2024 School Choice Open Enrollment Dates: Jan. 6 to Feb. 10, 2023

Step 1: Click HERE for more information about the DCSD School Choice process. Families and applicants are encouraged to tour DESA and attend a tour and/or application support meeting (see Application & Tour Info below).  
Step 2: Gr. K-8 Click HERE to complete the School Choice Online Application Form for gr. K-8. Go to step 3 to apply for gr. 4-8
Step 3: Review our DESA Application Checklist  then click HERE to complete DESA's audition application for gr. 4-8 
Step 4: Complete the DESA audition process
Audition Information for grades 4-8
Learn More About DESA
Follow Us On Social Media
Follow Us On Social Media
Instagram @desa_dreamsbig
YouTube DESA a K-8 Arts School (click the link)
The Governor's Office of Student Achievem...
Click HERE for DESA's 2018-2019 report
Click HERE for DESA's 2017-2018 report
Click HERE for the Georgia DOE Beating the Odds Analysis!  DESA is a 2019 Beating the Odds School! 
Virtual Learning Support for Students



Mission & Vision

The vision of the DeKalb County School District is to inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence. Our mission is to ensure student success, leading to higher education, work, and life-long learning. We are making this vision and mission a reality – every day, in every classroom throughout the District.

Through community forums, focus groups, listening sessions, and more, we have engaged our stakeholders, refined our objectives, honed our procedures, and formulated a robust, highly-structured yet agile and adaptive strategic plan. We are pleased with the progress we have made thus far, and excited about the future – of our District, our community, and, most importantly, the 100,000+ students who daily bring to us their limitless potential.

The District has created performance measures, targets, and initiatives to ensure success in each goal area. A monitoring and data collection process has been developed, and rigorous progress check procedures have been implemented. At the local level, on-going training sessions are offered to all principals in order to support the work of aligning, refining, monitoring, and evaluating the continuous improvement efforts of each individual school.

As a community of learners, we are committed to excellence in everything we do – within the classroom and throughout the District. This continuous improvement process permeates each aspect of our Strategic Plan, and we are honored to partner with you to make it a reality for all.