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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
DeKalb School of the Arts is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Avondale Estates, GA. It has 397 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
1192 Clarendon Ave
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Telephone
(678) 676-2502

DeKalb School of the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1190
101 responses
Average ACT
26
60 responses
AP Enrollment
54%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$55,876
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,062
National
$949
Median Home Value
$176,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 79 responses
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  • Fringe Festival
    20%
  • Spring Musical
    18%
  • Media Time Specials
    11%
  • Dance Concert
    11%
  • Dark Night
    10%
  • Premier Weekend
    8%
  • ThesCon
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
397
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
19%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,008
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.3%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,074/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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DeKalb School of the Arts Reviews

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Though it is #2 in the state, #89 in the country, and #24 as a magnet high school, there is still something to be said about some of the academics. The workload is heavier than most and alumni unanimously agree that they were prepared by their experience at DSA. In fact, some claim college is easier than DSA. The arts teachers are, for the most part, phenomenal, and really cultivate their students' potential. Many DSA students agree that they feel swarmed with work, balancing overzealous academic work, mock-professional experiences in their arts, professional work in their art, and extra-curricular activities.
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This is a magnet school and an art school, so students have to show both artistic talent and academic ability to get in; therefore, everyone here is both intelligent and talented. it's a great community because everyone cares about their future and education. We get good test scores, good grades, and are currently ranked 2nd in the state; however, because of this, we are often ignored by the county. Our school does very well, so the county thinks "They're doing great without any help, so let's just focus on the other schools"

So they throw all their money at other schools, while we have to deal with outdated textbooks, a constantly leaking roof and grossly inconsistent heating and cooling. Our stage is tiny compared to other schools, despite being a performing arts school.

There's been talk of a move in the coming years, but that’s honestly not enough. The administration, teachers and students are all amazing, we just need the backing of our county.
The teachers are very understanding and almost like the students themselves. I have been here since 8th grade and learned more than i thought. I learned how to survive, how to write quickly, and definitely how to remain fast paced. You have to work to stay in this school, i would almost say though getting in might seem difficult because of the audition, staying in the school is rigorous. You learn to cry at night and work in the day. I had to work for my GPA and it will show clearly.