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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
Denver School of the Arts is a top rated, public school located in Denver, CO. It has 1,088 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
7111 Montview Blvd
Denver, CO 80220
Telephone
(720) 424-1700
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Denver School of the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1300
138 responses
Average ACT
29
151 responses
AP Enrollment
52%

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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$109,875
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$505
National
$949
Median Home Value
$527,795
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
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.31 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.31 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 116 responses
Report
  • All School Musical
    16%
  • Performances/Exhibitions
    16%
  • Theatre Shows
    15%
  • Pops Show
    14%
  • Prom
    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
1,088
Free or Reduced Lunch
10%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
9%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,355
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.9%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 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
$15,110/ year
National
$12,239
62%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 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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DSA is a really good school academically, and lots of majors are great. However, some majors are horribly toxic, including individual teachers and students. The administration is practically absent, and some teachers can be extremely manipulative. Although there are certainly friendly and welcoming students, some are equally toxic and manipulative. If you need counseling resources, it's very difficult to find them. Overall, the worst part about DSA is the simple fact that many students dislike their school and don't want to be there. At such a competitive, audition-only magnet school, it's shocking that half the student body feels trapped. However, they can't help it when some of their teachers seem to dislike their jobs as well.
I've been a student at DSA since 6th grade and will be graduating this next year. Until recently, I've been extremely satisfied with the academics, and for the most part, I still am. The main problem I have is that the science department is the school is very weak, which is something I've noticed mainly because I'm looking to potentially pursue a career related to science. I think that for most people who aren't, the program is fine. The other issue with academic classes is the lack of options, but that's a characteristic of many small schools. There isn't really anything that can reasonably be done about it. Artistically, I can only comment on the band and orchestra programs; my knowledge of the others is pretty limited. For these two that I've been involved in, I can say that they are good, but could be much better. I wish the school was a bit more selective in that regard.