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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 eight.
 
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 4-6 focus on two arts disciplines and students in grades 7 & 8 focus on one arts discipline within the curriculum we offer; dance, drama, vocal music, instrumental music, or visual arts. Arts courses for students in grades 4-6 are designated as their Day 1 class and Day 2 class. Students attend once class every other day. Students in grades 1-8 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 students applying for to enroll in grades 4-8 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 DESA 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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