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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Durham School of the Arts is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Durham, NC. It has 1,711 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 64% of students are at least proficient in math and 66% in reading.
Address
401 North Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701
Telephone
(919) 560-3926

Durham School of the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
66%
Percent Proficient - Math
64%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1180
165 responses
Average ACT
26
113 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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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
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$54,284
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$958
National
$949
Median Home Value
$195,000
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
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 55 responses
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  • Prom
    22%
  • Sound to Sea field trip in seventh grade
    15%
  • Winter assembly
    13%
  • National Portfolio Day trip at DC
    9%
  • Pep ralles
    7%
  • NHS dodgeball tournament
    5%
  • Theatre Shows
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,711
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$41,832
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.8%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,527/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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Durham School of the Arts Reviews

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This is my 7th year at Durham School of the Arts. There isn't enough space to capture all the respect and love I have for this school or that of my peers. We've all grown together as a family. The art classes are rigorous but in the end, it all pays off via professional productions, artwork, writing, etc. by dedicated, talented students who’ve been crafting their talent for years. Most of the students and instructors are uplifting and engaged, and the academics prepare you well for college. The teachers are very understanding and go out of their way to help. Creatives thrive, as opportunities to put oneself out there and learn about careers are easily accessible. I didn’t give a 5 because like any other school, DSA isn't perfect. Academic rigor can stress students out and promote intense academic competition. However, it’s still an amazing school that produces well-rounded students who are ready to face the world head-on, whether that be through academic or creative approaches.
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The education quality and the passion of the teachers is nearly unmatched in NC and even the US as it's consistently rated one of the top high schools in the nation for good reason. The student life at DSA is very open, accepting of everyone, and extremely diverse with students from all backgrounds and art interests. This is an amazing school for creative people and artists who range from the fine arts to digital. Student's should expect challenging coursework and time dedications to their arts pathway (rehearsals, studio time, etc.). All faculty are extremely passionate and dedicated to ensuring their student's succeed, while also pushing them to their creative limits. Diversity is one of DSA's strongest aspects, as it holds kids of all backgrounds and treats them equally. With updated facilities on the way and an increasing number of student-made and ran clubs, DSA is always improving.
I didn't want to attend the school; the thought of leaving my friends from elementary was so unbearable that I prayed I wouldn't get in. But alas, luck wasn't by my side. But one of the best things about DSA were the people. Taking chorus classes helped me find who were my people. We were all close, and all considered family no matter who you were. We never left anyone out. And that helped me get through high school. The endless rehearsals, the amazing teachers guiding us, and the beautiful art we create through our concerts. The diversity in everyone helped myself realize I wasn't alone. I am grateful for everything my school had to offer. The idea of ever leaving the school was unbearable.