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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Denver School of the Arts is a top rated, public school located in Denver, CO. It has 1,097 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 74% of students are at least proficient in math and 84% in reading.

Denver School of the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
84%
Percent Proficient - Math
74%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1290
168 responses
Average ACT
29
158 responses
AP Enrollment
52%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$119,355
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,132
National
$949
Median Home Value
$587,268
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 138 responses
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  • All School Musical
    17%
  • Performances/Exhibitions
    16%
  • Prom
    14%
  • Theatre Shows
    14%
  • Pops Show
    14%
  • Dance Concerts
    12%
  • Band Concerts
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,097
Free or Reduced Lunch
10%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.38 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.38 responses
8%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.38 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,515
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.9%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,273/ year
National
$12,239
59%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.46 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.46 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.46 responses
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I love this school! The sheer talent and intelligence of the student body continue to blow me away, even after 7 years. I love being able to see my classmates express themselves through their art. The vast majority of teachers are invested in the well-being of their students and the administration is working hard to make sure each student feels welcome. However, DSA is working to improve its accessibility to other students, particularly students of color, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. It is expensive to be at this school. Depending on the major, you may need to pay for lessons, instrument upkeep, school trips, etc. which can be very difficult. The rigorous academics here create a competitive atmosphere and high-stress levels. As a piano major, I struggle with comparing myself to my other peers. It can be difficult to feel unique here sometimes, but the challenges that I've overcome here have helped me greatly improve as a musician and as a student.
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Seeing other reviews, I had to put my sentiments out there. Denver School of the Arts reignited my passion for learning and inspired me to better myself everyday. It was a home for me-and certainly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I would recommend it to any young person serious about honing in on their craft.
I auditioned to be apart of the Creative Writing Program for my Junior and Senior years. I was thrilled when I unexpectedly made the cut. I traveled 3 hours to get to school and 3 hours back everyday, because I truly wanted to be there. I was in an environment that fostered creativity, and I was surrounded by students eager to learn and display their passions. The majority of my teachers were kind, compassionate, and offered an incredible wealth of knowledge. There is no perfect school but in my experience, DSA came pretty close. I’m 24 years old now, and this school was a staple in molding who I am today.
To get an arts education was an amazing opportunity that I wouldn't trade for anything. It was always a good day to be doing my art form and getting critiques on what could improve. Because DSA is so focused on certain things (fill the gap campaign, and making sure students don't enter through the back door), it forgets about other more important things occasionally. It would be so helpful if there was more diversity and inclusion in all departments, some departments seem to get more funding and it's very apparent. Overall I think DSA is a great school, I think it's heading in the right direction for sure.