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DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts

Dekalb County Schools

2022 Mural
DESA Drone Team
DESA Student Wax Museum
Dr. LaTonya Donald and DESA students
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2020 Mural
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Upcoming Events

May 22

8th Grade Promotion & Honors Day

9:00 AM
8th Grade Honors Day & Promotion Ceremony begins at 9:00 AM
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May 22

Last Day of School

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May 30

5th Grade Transition Meeting

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Read More..
May 30

New Parent Orientation

1:00 PM Read More..

Latest News

New Family Orientation
Please confirm your attendance by May 29 by contacting our registrar, Mrs. Renee Leveritte at [email protected] or by calling 678-874-1302. 
PTA Officers 2024-2025
DeKalb Arts Academy congratulates our newest PTA Officers!
It's Official
During the Board Meeting on May 6, a vote was held to determine our new school name.  It's official, we are now DeKalb Arts Academy!!!
Stay tuned for more information!
School Improvement Plan
Attention Parents! 
We need your input for our school improvement plan! Your feedback is crucial in shaping the future of our school. 
Please email Dr. Donald at [email protected] to find out how you can contribute and make a difference. 
Together, we can make our school even better! 
#ParentParticipation #SchoolImprovementPlan
Happy Retirement Coach Fresh
Congratulations to Coach Bradford Fresh on 30 years of service to DeKalb County School District. We wish you all the best on your retirement. 
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Welcome to DESA
Welcome to DESA
Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year!
We know you will LOVE DESA!
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2023-2024 School Year Information
2023-2024 School Year Information
We are a K-8 Special Interest Magnet School. All students participate in the arts (dance, drama, music, & visual arts).
*School Hours 8:00 am - 2:40 pm
*Car riders drop off begins at 7:20 am
Coming Soon:
Magnet Fee Information

Audition Information for grades 4-8
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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.